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Daily routines, daily activities | ESL/EFL Lesson Plan

The purpose of the lesson: Talking about your daily routine; Using Simple Present
Size of the class: 40 students
Age: 11-12 years old
Level: Elementary

Stage 1

The teacher can start by asking few simple questions.

What time do you wake up?
What time do you have breakfast?
What else do you do in the morning?
When do you have lunch?
When do you have dinner?
What time do you go to school?
When do you watch TV?
When do you do your homework?
What time do you go to bed?

The teacher doesn’t have to ask all of the questions listed above; just pick up two or three questions. I always try “What time do you wake up?” because everybody is able to answer. If the teacher doesn’t get any answer then he can provide an example.

Teacher: What time do you get up?
Students: ... (There is silence in the class, nobody tries to answer) ...
Teacher: I wake up at 6 o’clock; What time do you wake up? (pointing to a student ...)

I don’t know how it is to work with other students but when you work with Vietnamese then you have to point a learner if you want to get an answer (especially at the elementary level).

Stage 2 – Vocabulary

Put the pictures on the board and write on the board the activities that describe the pictures. Ask students to come to the board and match the words with the pictures.
Once the pictures are matched with the words ask the students to arrange the activities in the order they occur in a normal day.

Daily routine, daily activities | ESL Lesson Plan

Stage 3 – Pronunciation

Because the students are still at the beginning level they need to get used with the sound of English. Drilling is an essential part of the lesson. Overdone, drilling can be boring; it can be done alternatively: whole class drilling, group drilling, boys drilling, girls drilling etc. As I know, the students love competition (especially boys vs. girls) and the teacher can get advantages of this. Drill with the boys then drill with the girls, give a mark for boys and a mark for girls; this will engage students and the drill will be more accurate.

Stage 4 – Writing

Ask students to write down ten activities they do every day.

Stage 5 – Speaking

Before having the students practicing speaking, I usually tell them about my daily routine. I also write on the board several examples.

I wake up at 7 o’clock then I brush my teeth.
I have dinner at 7 o’clock in the evening. I usually have soup for dinner.

Once they finished writing their daily activities, in pairs practice speaking with the partner the activities written on the paper. The listener can ask extra questions.

What time do you get up?
What else do you do in the morning?

Stage 6 – Game

Turn the pictures on the board, back to front. Divide the class into two or more groups and ask them to guess which picture it is. This activity requires a lot of drilling and it is very useful for the beginner learners.

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