Phase 1A: Lesson 1 (English)

Animals, People, Subject Pronouns

Lesson Plans: created by Greg and Angela Thompson

Session 1 at-a-Glance

Start with the Foundation

It is good the first day to begin with some of the most foundational vocabulary. In ordinary conversation, people probably talk most about people. A good starting point in language learning is words for people, including pronouns. man, woman, boy, girl, baby, old lady, etc. (languages differ in the way the divide the life span into segments); I, you, we, they, he (languages differ in the specific variety of pronouns, too).

Those basic human nouns and pronouns may provide ten or fifteen vocabulary. These can be supplemented by other common living creatures in your context such as dog, cat, horse, cow, fly, spider, frog, mouse.

Here-And-Now Descriptions

Descriptions of ongoing activities and states that are visible to the GP are an extremely important part of early input. It is relatively easy to learn actions in the form of commands. It is important to hear, not just, "Eat the bread.", but also "He is eating the bread." "We are eating the carrot." etc, in contexts where such meanings are actually being expressed. An easy way to do this at this point is to have the Nurturer and GPs, in various combinations, doing various activities, mainly ones that the GPs already know, and the Nurturer describing them. (However see the discussion in the introduction where we mention the need for some more creative alternatives.)

Your Instructor

Joshua Cropsey
Joshua Cropsey

Bringing people together through language, culture, and compassion is my calling!


B.A. Bible

Masters of Divinity

Masters in TESOL


*Certification in TESOL

*(Growing Participator Approach) Teacher Trainer Certification (80 hours)

*TOEFL Test Center Administrator Certification

*IELTS Marking Certification; IELTS Examiner Certification


Public Speaking (25 years)

Teaching English as a second language (10+ years)

Academic Director at an adult ESL center

*Academic English *Business English *TOEFL prep. *IELTS prep. *Medical Engish *Legal English *on-line English courses *Private English classes

TOEFL test center administrator/ Proctor

IELTS invigilator; marking; examiner

Languages Studied:

English, Arabic, French, Spanish, Biblical Greek, Biblical Hebrew

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