Is Your Home Tidy?

Stefanie Simmons - author of the lesson   Stefanie I June 06, 2022
General English, Speaking Lessons
A1 Beginner
Past Simple
Grammar, Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
45 minutes
Screenshot of a beginner's English lesson for adults on household chores, focusing on the past simple tense and associated voca

Lesson Overview

Do you clean your home from top to bottom until it is spick and span? In this lesson, students will discuss various household chores. This lesson features audio of two people describing the different chores they do at home. Students will also learn and practice the past simple tense and vocabulary relating to this topic. This lesson includes plenty of engaging discussion activities and worksheets that have been developed for adult and teenage learners.

Lesson Objectives

  • Grammar: Students will learn and practice the past simple tense, applying it to talk about completed actions in the past, such as household chores they did.

  • Listening: Students will listen to an audio clip of people discussing their household chores, enhancing their ability to understand spoken narratives in the past tense.

  • Speaking: Students will engage in discussions and activities related to household chores, practicing speaking about past activities to improve conversational skills in a real-world context.

  • Vocabulary: The lesson introduces vocabulary related to household chores, including verbs like "clean," "wash," "vacuum," and nouns such as "dishwasher," "car," and "window," broadening their topic-specific lexicon.

  • Homework: Homework tasks will reinforce learning, with exercises that include matching verbs to their objects, filling in blanks with the correct past tense form, and correcting sentences. This helps solidify their understanding of the past simple tense and vocabulary related to household chores.


Are you a neat freak or a litterbug? Listen to the audio to learn about everyday household chores. Two people talk about cleaning windows, vacuuming floors, washing cars, ironing clothes, and cooking dinner.

Audio Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

vacuum [verb]: to clean a floor or other surface using a vacuum cleaner
dishwasher [noun]: a machine that washes plates, glasses, and other kitchen equipment
iron [verb]: to smooth clothes with a heated iron
household [adjective]: of or relating to a household
chore [noun]: a small job that you do regularly to keep your house clean
perfectionist [noun]: someone who likes everything to be perfect
carpet [noun]: thick material used for covering floors, often made of wool
tidy up [phrasal verb]: to arrange something in a neat and ordered way
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