Were You Happy Yesterday?

Stefanie Simmons - author of the lesson   Stefanie I October 22, 2022
General English, Speaking Lessons
A1 Beginner
Past Simple, Adjectives, Linking Words
Grammar, Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
45 minutes
Illustrative examples for an English lesson for adults discussing feelings and emotions, with practice in the simple past tense

Lesson Overview

Have you ever been on an emotional rollercoaster? In this lesson, students will discuss feelings and emotions one experiences in different situations. This lesson features audio of a person describing their day. Students will also learn and practice the simple past tense, adjectives, linking words, 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 focus on the past simple tense, including regular and irregular verbs. They'll practice forming sentences about past events, enhancing their understanding of English grammar structures.

  • Listening: The lesson includes listening to audio about someone’s day. This helps students recognize the use of the past tense in real-life contexts and improves their ability to understand spoken English.

  • Speaking: Activities encourage speaking about past experiences and emotions. This assists students in expressing themselves more confidently and clearly in English about past events.

  • Vocabulary: Key words related to feelings and daily activities, such as "happy," "scared," "angry," "relaxed," and "tired," will be introduced and practiced. Understanding these words helps students describe emotions and actions in the past.

  • Homework: Tasks include choosing correct options, matching sentence parts, filling in blanks, and making sentences using past tense verbs and linking words. These exercises reinforce the lesson's grammar and vocabulary, aiding students in applying what they've learned.


Listen to the audio to hear about a man’s emotional roller-coaster of a day. He thinks it will be a typical weekday when he wakes up in the morning. It starts out with him having car problems and reporting a crime! By the end of it, he manages to get promoted at work. What a day!

Audio Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

garage [noun]: a building where a car is kept; a place where cars are repaired
report [verb]: to give a description of or information about something or someone to someone else, such as a police officer
crime [noun]: illegal activities
steal [verb]: to secretly take something that does not belong to you without the intention of returning it
IT [noun]: information technology; the use of computers and other electronic equipment to process information
guy [noun]: a man
promotion [noun]: when someone is moved to a more important rank or position
challenge [noun]: something that needs great mental or physical effort to be done successfully
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