The Voice Behind New York’s Classic Rock Radio

Theresa - author of the lesson   Theresa I September 21, 2022
General English, Speaking Lessons
Habits, Entertainment
B1 Intermediate
Present Simple, Present Continuous
Grammar, Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
45 minutes
Students engaged in an ESL lesson about work routines, discussing daily tasks and activities in the workplace while practicing present tenses and relevant vocabulary.

Lesson Overview

Just the same ol’ same ol’! In this lesson, students will discuss routines at work. This lesson features a video about the man who is the voice of New York’s classic rock radio station. Students will learn and practice the use of "present tenses" and vocabulary relating to this topic. The 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 use of present tenses, including the present simple and present continuous, to discuss routines, activities happening now, permanent states, and habitual actions. They will distinguish between the uses of these tenses in various contexts.

  • Listening: Students will improve their listening comprehension through a video about Ken Dashow, the voice of New York’s classic rock radio station. They will listen for details about his daily routine, passion for classic rock, and how his work impacts listeners.

  • Speaking: Students will engage in discussions about their routines at work, comparing their experiences with those of Ken Dashow. They'll also discuss the impact of passion on work and how routines can influence job satisfaction, using present tenses to articulate their thoughts.

  • Vocabulary: The lesson introduces vocabulary related to radio broadcasting, classic rock, and work routines, such as "classic rock guru," "airwaves," "passionate," "dream job," and phrases associated with radio broadcasting. Students will learn to use these terms in discussions about their preferences and routines.

  • Homework: Homework exercises are designed to reinforce the lesson's focus on present tenses and vocabulary. Students will complete sentences with correct words based on definitions, fill in blanks using the correct form of verbs, correct sentences that misuse present tenses, and choose correct options in sentences that describe daily activities and opinions about work and hobbies.


Meet the man who is the voice of New York’s classic rock radio. With his good tunes and great vibes, Ken is the classic rock guru to millions. Rock on, Q 104.3!

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

soothing [adjective]: having a gentle calming effect
thrive [verb]: to grow or develop well; to prosper or flourish
guru [noun]: a spiritual teacher; an influential teacher or popular expert
crappy [adjective]: of extremely poor quality
once in a while [adverb]: from time to time; occasionally
great vibes [phrase]: a slang expression used for the positive feelings given off by a person, place, or situation
further from the truth [idiom]: used to say that something is absolutely not true
airwaves [noun]: the medium of radio and television transmission—not used technically
fanboy [noun]: a male fan, especially one who is obsessive about comics, music, movies, or science fiction
soldering iron [noun]: a pointed or wedge-shaped device that is usually electrically heated and that is used for soldering
charismatic [adjective]: exercising a compelling charm which inspires devotion in others
overcome [verb]: to succeed in dealing with (a problem or difficulty)
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