A2 Level EFL/ ESL Lesson: Short (Contracted) Forms; Talking about Oneself: Hobbies and Interests

Grammar: Short forms (Using apostrophe for contractions); like + ing (review)
Target Vocabulary: Talking about oneself: Hobbies and Interests

Lesson Presentation

1. Read the text and answer the questions.

What am I?

Hello, my name’s Ron, and I’m two years old but I’m not a child. I live with Patrick. He’s my friend. He’s a twenty-two-year-old university student. He got me when I was very little, and he takes care of me. I also take care of him sometimes. We like watching movies together on the couch.

We have one more roommate. He came to live with us two weeks ago. But I’m not sure we can be friends. He likes long walks and running.

Me? Well, I like meowing and purring. I am grey, I have fur, what am I?

  1. How old is Ron? ________________________
  2. Who are Ron’s roommates? ________________________
  3. What does Ron like doing? ________________________

2. Connect the long form with the short one

We areIt’s
Who isWe’re
He isWho’s
It isHe’s

3. Put the word in the correct category

swimming, playing chess, golfing, skiing, diving, jumping, poker, hiking, rock climbing, football, volleyball, hockey, skateboarding, ballroom dancing

Things you do insideThings you do outsideThings you do in the water


A2 Level Contacted (Short) Forms, Hobbies

Short (contracted) forms are informal. We usually use short forms in spoken language.


Lesson Practice

1. Use the short forms instead of the long ones

  1. I do not have time to go skiing next weekend.
  2. Jenna is not going to come with us.
  3. He is the biggest movie fan.

2. Fill in the blanks with words from the box

do / sports / I’m / swimming / dog / my friends

Hello, I’m Barry. Welcome to my Channel! _________________ 32 years old, and I am into extreme _________________ and photography.

My best friend’s my _________________ Tana who always comes with me on adventures. She likes surfing, and _________________ most.

She doesn’t like skiing that much. But I definitely _________________. Let me show you pictures of my last skiing trip. Ah, look, I have pictures from Tana’s birthday party too! I was looking for those!

Lesson Production

1. Make a list of 5 questions for your classmates. Go around the class and interview 3 people about what they like doing. Use short forms for the questions and answers.

2. Ask your boss using may/ can/ could.