Tiffany - author of the lesson   Tiffany I February 13, 2024
General English, Speaking Lessons
A2 Elementary
Present Simple
Grammar, Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
45 minutes
Routines | ESL Lesson Plan and Worksheets

Lesson Overview

Do old habits die hard? In this lesson, students will discuss routines and habits relating to everyday life and work. This lesson features audio describing people’s different lifestyles. Students will learn and practice the simple present tense and vocabulary relating to this topic. The lesson includes plenty of engaging discussion activities and worksheets that have been developed for adults and teenagers.

Lesson Objectives

  • Grammar: Students will learn and review the simple present tense to talk about daily routines, habits, and work life. They will practice forming affirmative, negative, and interrogative sentences to describe habitual actions and states.

  • Listening: They will enhance their listening skills by hearing people describe their typical day and routines using the simple present tense. This exercise aims to improve comprehension of spoken English, focusing on everyday activities and lifestyles.

  • Speaking: Students will engage in discussions about their routines, work life, and habits, using the simple present tense. They will talk about what they usually do, their work environment, and how they manage work-life balance, sharing personal insights and comparing different lifestyles.

  • Vocabulary: The lesson introduces vocabulary related to work, daily activities, and habits, such as "stressful," "demanding," "rewarding," "monotonous," "creative," along with terms related to routines like "every day," "once a week," "occasionally," and "never."

  • Homework: Exercises are designed to reinforce the lesson's focus on the simple present tense and vocabulary. Students will match questions with answers about work life, use specific time expressions in sentences, choose the correct form of the verb in present simple sentences, complete questions with "do" or "does" and answer them, and rewrite sentences using the negative form. They will also discuss and write about their routines, using the present simple tense to express habitual actions and preferences.


Listen to the audio about daily routines and habits. Some people spend most of their time at work, while others have more free time to shop, hike, and travel the world. Are you the type of person to give 100% at the office or are you an adventure-lover who can do your job from a sandy beach anywhere in the world? Each person has their preferred way of spending time and living life.

Audio Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

part-time [adjective]: done for a shorter time than the usual working hours
charity [noun]: an organization providing help or money to people in need
coaching [noun]: the act of giving special work-related courses
work-life balance [noun]: the amount of time spent doing your job compared to the time spent allocated to your personal life
IT [noun]: information technology
pension [noun]: the money that you get from the government after you retire
rewarding [adjective]: giving you satisfaction; pleasing and fulfilling
monotonous [adjective]: boring because lack of change
assembly plant [noun]: a factory where parts of a machine or other structures are put together
freelancer [noun]: someone who works on different projects cooperating with different companies
CEO [noun]: Chief Executive Officer; the person with the most important position in a company
entrepreneur [noun]: someone starting or running their own business, especially one involving some risk
digital nomad [noun]: a person earning a living by working online from different places
retired [adjective]: relating to someone who is no longer working because of old age or for another reason
flirt [verb]: to behave in a way suggesting that you are interested in or attracted to someone
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