1st Course Unit 9 – Filling Out Forms

In Part 2 of the Family Unit 9, Ms Marquez teaches words to describe the marital status of family members. The unit also offers activities for filling out forms. Here is a link to even more practice on marital status words and many more words that are found on forms.

This is a great online resource from the Voice of America. They have a section called VOA Learning English The Classroom with lots of activities for various levels of English (and lots of other cool stuff for you to explore like an interactive photo word book, idiom dictionary, etc.)

The good fit here are the 3 activities called Filling Out Forms which include vocabulary, listening and conversation practice. I can only link you to the activities menu and you’ll have to scroll down the list to click on the correct set of activities. There are quite a few drag and drop activities, so make sure your beginning students know how to navigate those types of questions before you set them off on their own.

Filling Out Forms, Parts 1-3


1st Course U9 – Family

This very funny video from the series Top Notch about 2 women looking through a family album is posted on You Tube. This is NOT an official site of the publisher’s so the video may be removed at any time. It’s great advertising for the series, though and you can find out about purchasing the entire series on the Pearson website. For as long as it is available on You Tube, this is a nice tie-in to the USAL family unit which includes marital status.

Suggested Assignment: Watch the video and write down which family members Marie sees in the photo album. Write at least one adjective describing each person and any information you learn about their marital status.

Who’s This?


1st Course U9: Family-Online Practice

Listening Practice

A great site for listening activities is elllo.org and here’s a perfect one for family word practice. Photos are a little small, but big enough for students to match to what they hear.

The transcript is further down the screen. Ask students to do the activity without reading the transcript first. Nice use of present progressive verbs in describing the actions of the people in the photos. Suggest that students write down new vocabulary words in their journal. Then, to get even more mileage out of this activity, ask students to write a similar description about one of the photo choices not described by the speaker.

Which family is he talking about?


Reepworld.org offers wonderful reading, listening and vocabulary practice. This story, told by a grandmother from Ethiopia, is about what she does with her granddaughter.

Hanna’s  Story


Here’s a link to another site with good listening passages. (If the link says your session has expired, simply click Renew the session. The link doesn’t take you directly to the activity, so find the Choose a topic box and click the arrow to see the topic list. Select Family.) The easiest and most suitable passage for our 1st Course student level is Dawn’s Family which is at the top of the Family topic list.


With only 3 questions, there’s not a lot for the students to do with this listening passage. One idea for an activity is to ask students to fill in a chart while they are listening multiple times. Not all the information is given for all the family members so let students know it’s OK to put NA in some of the boxes.


There is also a transcript of the passage below Dawn’s photo, but I don’t understand why there are no capital letters at the beginning of sentences. Perhaps one activity would be to ask your students to rewrite the transcripts and correct them!

There’s definitely a lot of good listening practice available on this site. You may want to spend a little time to create activities for them, and if you do, please share them here!


Fill-in Activities

There are 2 nifty little online family-related activities on ego4you.com. Students can check their answers online, but it doesn’t look like they will get a score. This site is based in Germany so there is a bit of a British slant with some vocabulary, but it’s got a lot of very useful activities.

First, there’s this simple activity just asking students to type the correct male/female family words.

Members of a Family (male/female)

I like this second fill-in activity because it makes students interpret the diagram to figure out the relationships. They have to fill in names and family words based on the family tree outline.

Who Am I? Family Tree Activity