Use should to make recommendations or give advice. It can also be used to express expectation.
- You should go to school every day.
- I should do the laundry today.
Use must to express a strong obligation
- I must pay the bills tonight.
- You must fix the car.
Activity: Advice about visiting your country
Give some advice about cultural do’s and don’ts for foreign people visiting your birth country.
- You should….
- You shouldn’t…
- You must…
- You mustn’t…
- Body language
- Table manners
- Directness and indirectness
- Family and other relationships
- Hospitality and visits
- Transport and travel
- Eye contact
- Special holidays and celebrations
Questions About the Weather
People commonly ask about the weather by saying:
What’s it like out(side)?
How’s the weather?
What’s the weather like?
What’s the temperature?
What’s the weather forecast?
What’s the forecast for today/tomorrow/this week?
Continue reading The Weather
Ask your classmates about their future plans and write down their answers.
Are you going to …
- … go out for dinner this evening? Where ________________________?
- … watch a movie this weekend? What _________________________?
- … call someone after class? Who __________________________?
- … write an email tonight? Why __________________________?
- … have a big breakfast tomorrow? What _________________________?
- … play sports this week? Where ________________________?
- … go on holiday soon? Where ________________________?
- … get a job? How __________________________?
- … sleep early tonight? What _________________________?
- … buy something today? What _________________________?
- … improve your English skills? How __________________________?
- … get married in the future? Why __________________________?
- … learn something new? What _________________________?
- … travel abroad next year? Where ________________________?
- … save some money? Why __________________________?
- … clean your house? When _________________________?
Interview some of the other members of the class. Be prepared to report back general findings and interesting individual facts.
In your family / household:
- Who makes the meals?
- Who makes the beds?
- Who makes the most mess?
- Who makes the most noise?
- Who makes the decisions?
- Who makes the most mistakes?
- Who makes the most complaints?
- Who makes the most phone calls?
- Who does the cleaning?
- Who does the shopping?
- Who does the washing-up?
- Who does the ironing?
- Who could do with a bit more recognition?
In the Past
Use the time expressions given below to talk about your memories.
- An hour ago
- This morning
- Last night
- Last week
- Two weeks ago
- Last year
- Two days ago
- Last Saturday
- Last Sunday
- In 2013
- A week ago
- When I was six
- Yesterday afternoon
- When I was ten
- Yesterday evening
- Five years ago
- Last summer
- A month ago
- In 2012
- Last winter
- A long time ago
- Ten years ago
- Last month
- your first job
- your last holiday
- the place where you grew up
- your first love
- your earliest memory
- a wedding you attended
- a teacher you liked or didn’t like at school
- a party you really enjoyed
- a holiday you didn’t enjoy
- what you did for fun when you were a teenager
- your first car
- one of your best friends at school
- the first time you travelled abroad or far away
- a hobby you used to have
- our first day at school
- your grandparents
- a frightening experience you had
- an important event in your life
- your happiest moment
- a subject you disliked at school
Find out if someone in your class:
- has had a problem with the police
- has almost died
- has met a famous person
- has had a frightening experience on an airplane
- has had a premonition
- has had a dream that later came true
- has fallen in love with a person they could not have
- has been on a terrible date
- has gotten a tattoo
- has performed a daredevil act
- has backpacked in a foreign country
- has been to a gay bar
- has eaten something disgusting
- has won something (for example, the lottery. a contest)
- has been to a casino
- Write the conversation topics on conversation cards
- Make 3 or 4 sets of conversation cards depending on class size
- Depending on the number of students, put the students in groups of 3 or 4
- Give each group a set of conversation cards
- Ask your students to take turns in taking a card and talk for 1 minute
- Ask the other students to time the person who is speaking
Talk for 1 minute about….
- Someone you’d like to meet
- Your favourite type of weather
- Your favourite holiday destination
- Music you like listening to
- Your favourite food
- A place you’d love to visit
- Your hometown and why you like it
- Another language you’d like to learn
- A movie you think is great
- Jobs you don’t mind doing at home
- A newspaper you enjoy reading
- A sport you dislike
- A topic you hate talking about
- Jobs you hate doing at home
- Your home and why you like it
- A job you’d like to have
- A sport you enjoy playing
- What you like about learning English
- Activities at home you enjoy doing
- The day of the week you like the most
- A foreign food you enjoy
- A car you’d like to buy
- What you like doing at the weekend
- Something you like doing at the beach
- Something you’d like to do this week
- Something you’d like to do more often
- The website you like the most
- Somewhere you’d like to live
Topic: First Impressions
Language level: Intermediate
Duration: 1 hour
· Speaking: ask relevant questions in order to obtain specific information; provide required information/description; express opinions; describe people (appearance and character)
· Listening: identify and understand specific details/information
Objectives: By the end of this lesson, students will be able to discuss first impressions and how accurate they are; practice describing a person’s face, body and character.
· Vocabulary: adjectives describing appearance and character
· Grammar: use of descriptive adjectives; question formation; comparatives and superlatives
· Pronunciation: topic-related vocabulary
Materials / Resources:
· Handouts provided by the teacher
- Write the proverb on the board: “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.”
- Ask students what it means.
- Ask if they think it’s true
- Introduce the topic: First impressions
- Ask students how much they can tell about a person by their appearance (age, job, hobbies, education, personality, hobbies, marital status)
- Optional: ask students to judge you by your appearance
- Pair / Group Activity
- Write a list of adjectives describing character/personality on the board (dangerous, greedy, intelligent, kind, married, not smart, crazy, generous) and ask students: When you look at someone, what makes you think they are…
- Elicit as many answers as possible
- Ask the following questions: Have you met someone who you hated right away even though you didn’t know them? / When are the most important times to make a good first impression? / What are the best ways to make a good first impression? / Do you make first impressions based on what people wear?
- Pair/Group Activity
- Divide students in pairs or groups of 3, or 4 depending on the class size
- Give each pair/group a set of pictures of different people
- Ask each pair/group to come up with two or three comments about the people in the pictures
- Each pair/group shares the comments with the class
- Encourage the rest of the students to agree or disagree
- Give feedback