(White and Blue Belt Lesson)
Most of our language starts here. This class is created to help you be able to introduce yourself in English. You aren’t to only say who you are and where you’re from. I want more than that. I want you to talk about yourself. What do you do for a living? What are your hobbies and interests? What are your dreams? Use this target language to be able to introduce yourself with more detail.
By the end of the class, you will have:
- learned and used new vocabulary
- practiced expressions to become more fluent
- improved your use of past simple and present perfect
- introduced yourself in detail
Difficulty: White Belt and above
Model: Introduce Myself
Hi, I am Jesse Sweed. I’m originally from the US, and I am 38 years old. I was born and raised in Pennsylvania, but I’ve also lived in South Korea and currently live in Spain. I have been an English teacher since 2006, and I’m the founder of Sweed Academy.
Let me talk about some of my interests. Of course, I love the creative process of creating videos, courses, and other ways to help people learn. Not only professionally, but this applies to parenting as well. It helps me think of fun ways to help my kids grow and learn. I enjoy the process of taking something from nothing to a finished product.
Aside from video and course creation, I’ve also studied and trained various martial arts for most of my life. I started wrestling at nine years old, and then I started taekwondo when I was about twelve years old and trained until I became a black belt, and then started teaching. In my adult years, I started training kickboxing, jiu-jitsu, and I’ve even started practicing yoga. I love jiu-jitsu, which is a martial art that I would recommend to anybody, especially girls and women for self-defense and confidence.
Between fathering and working, I don’t have much time for hobbies. I am a husband and a father of two children. I have a daughter who is 2 ½ years old and a son who is only 3 months old. I enjoy being a father more than I ever imagined I would, and I can’t really put into words how it feels, but it’s wonderful.
This is me, now I’d like to hear about you. Tell me about anything about yourself that you’d like. Tell me about where you live, what you like to do, your family, your friends, your dreams, or anything else you’d like to share. I look forward to meeting you!
Originally (adv.) – Used to talk about the first place something happened.
The founder of (n)
Father (n) (v)
Fluency Builders and Expressions
To be born and raised -
To take something from ____ to ____.
Let’s talk about ____ -
Aside from ____ -
I don’t have much time for… -
Two years apart
By the time…
As I said before…
Something in a specific time in the past.
I started wrestling at nine years old, and then I started taekwondo when I was about twelve years old.
Abstract things in the past
I’ve also lived in South Korea and currently live in Spain.
or something that starts in the past and continues to present.
I’ve also studied and trained various martial arts for most of my life.
FOR and SINCE
For – talk about the DURATION of an action
Since – talk about the START of an action
I’ve worked as an English teacher for 12 years.
I’ve worked as an English teacher since 2006.
Use these grammar forms to outline your introduction. You can certainly use both to talk about your past.
Your Task : Introduce Yourself