Upper Intermediate ESL/ EFL Lesson plan - Would for Past Habits - Describing People

Upper Intermediate ESL/ EFL Lesson plan - Would for Past Habits - Describing People

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Upper Intermediate English Lesson Plan

Lesson Goals: At the end of this lesson, students will become familiar with the usage of would for talking about past habits, and describing people.
Target Grammar: Would for Past Habits
Focus Vocabulary: Describing people

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Please note, this is not the complete lesson, it will not cover 45 min (or more) teaching time.

To get the full lesson plan (+ audio file for listening) click here

PRESENTATION

1. Listen to the text and fill in the blanks:

The story I will share is of my dear friend, Kathy. She’s one of the most ……………….. people I know. But let me start from the beginning. ……………….., most of you have heard of anorexia? It is an ……………….. disorder that makes one obsessed with losing weight, the consequences of which may be ……………….. Many ……………….. spend years fighting the disease, and some even die.
[adrotate banner=”8″] Well, Kathy’s is just one of those stories. Kathy is 16, a ……………….., also a class-mate. She likes ……………….., and hanging around with her friends. Kathy, however, even though being a normal teenager, had something that……………….. a lot. She was overweight. That made her sensitive, not really confident, and at times miserable. So, she decided to do something about it. She started ……………….., and for seven months she ……………….. excessively, and eat healthily. That gave results. She lost 27 kg.

2. Now read the text (above). Answer the questions.

  1. What is anorexia?
  2. How does the disease change your self-image?
  3. What symptoms of anorexia was Kathy showing?
  • Grammar Box

 We use WOULD to talk about repeated PAST events, actions, features (positive and negative) 
  • I would visit my grandparents every Saturday when I was a kid.
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PRACTICE

1. Read the text. Underline the use of would for past habits.

Every time her project was not approved by the management, she would get discouraged, and depressed. It would take her weeks to get on her feet, and start working again. But when she did she was an absolute workaholic.

2. Transform the word in brackets into the correct form (noun, verb, adverb, adjective), and fill in the blanks.

  1.  Jack would wait ………….. (patience) every time Rose was late for a date.
  2.  Rajesh was a good manager. He would always put our ……………. (needy) before the business ones.
  3. Paula just lacks ………….. (motivated), otherwise she’s very bright.
  4. I’ve never met such a …………… (respect) person. She would interrupt me every time I opened my mouth.

PRODUCTION:

1. Work in pairs. Student A needs to list 5 (five) of his/ her most prominent personal qualities. Student B has to guess them. When finished, change roles.

Please note, this is not the complete lesson, it will not cover 45 min (or more) teaching time.

To get the full lesson plan (+ audio file for listening) click here

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