Teaching adverbs of frequency and daily routine – A1 ESL/ EFL Lesson Plan
*The following lesson plan is suitable for English teachers working with students of A1 (beginner) English level. The Answer Sheet for the lesson is available for download below.
Lesson Goals: At the end of this lesson the students should be able to use some of the basic adverbs of frequency. They will be able to talk about their daily routine in a general way and will become familiar with some phrases related to people’s daily life.
Target Grammar: Adverbs of frequency – always, never, often, sometimes, usually
Target Vocabulary: Daily routine
1. Listen to Tom’s daily routine and fill in the blanks.You want to _______________ about my daily routine? Well, I have a very busy _______________. I wake up at 5:45 a.m.. I have a large cup of coffee and a sandwich for _________________. At about seven I go to work. I usually ___________ to my colleagues about what we have to do. Later, I go to different ______________ and interview people or just report the news. Often, I have to run from one place to another and don’t have time for ________________. I never come home ______________ 7 in the evening. Being a reporter is very tiring. But I really love my job because it is very_________________.
We have made a video about Tom’s story. If you prefer, play the video to your class.*It does not fully match the text above, so you might need to adjust it a little.
2. Mark the statements T for true, and F for false.
- Tom is not very busy.
- He wakes up at 6 o’clock.
- He has tea for breakfast.
- He goes to work at about 7 o’clock.
- Tom usually goes to different places for interviews.
- He never has time for lunch.
- He doesn’t like his job.
- Tom sometimes comes home before 7 in the evening.
3. Match the phrases.
|1. brush||a) dinner|
|2. wake up||b) the shopping|
|3. have||c) breakfast|
|4. do||d) to work|
|5. cook||e) early/ late|
|6. go||f) my teeth|
|7. wash||g) the dishes|
1. Read the dialogue. How often do they…? Fill in the table using adverbs of frequency.
Paul: Hey Raile! I am going shopping. Do you want to come?
Raile: Sorry, Keiko is coming. We will do the English homework together.
Paul: I see… Well, I never do that homework…
Raile: I do it sometimes but Keiko is very serious, she always does her homework.
Paul: OK, but I am cooking dinner tonight, so you and Keiko should come.
Raile: You are so nice, always cooking dinner for me.
Paul: Well, you sometimes wash the dishes and Keiko almost always does the shopping…
Raile: I know you hate washing the dishes, so you never do it.
Paul: Yeah…. Will you wash the dishes tonight?
Raile: Hehe, sure.
|Wash the dishes|
2. Answer the questions for yourself.
- How often do you wash the dishes?
- How often do you wake up at 10 a.m.?
- How often are you late for work?
- How often do you cook lunch?
- How often do you watch TV in the evening?
- How often do you go to bed at 9 p.m.?
- How often do you wash your clothes?
- How often do you study English?
3. Put the adverb of frequency on the correct place.For example: I go to the park. (often) – I often go to the park.
- Joanna washes the dishes. (sometimes)
- Philip is late for work. (never)
- She wakes up at 6 a.m. (always)
- Tim comes home late. (often)
- Roxanna cooks nice dinner. (always)
- Paul does his homework. (never)