What Do You Do Happily?

Stefanie Simmons - author of the lesson   Stefanie I September 24, 2022
General English, Speaking Lessons
Life Choices
A1 Beginner
Grammar, Speaking, Vocabulary
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
45 minutes
Screenshot of a beginner's English lesson for adults discussing behaviors and activities people excel or falter in, emphasizing

Lesson Overview

Would you rather be a jack-of-all-trades or a master in one skill? In this lesson, students will discuss different behaviors and activities that people are good and bad at. This lesson features audio of a person talking about their skills. Students will also learn and practice adverbs and vocabulary relating to this topic. This lesson includes plenty of engaging discussion activities and worksheets that have been developed for adults and teenagers.

Lesson Objectives

  • Grammar: Learners will study and practice using adverbs, focusing on their formation from adjectives and understanding their usage to describe the manner of actions. This includes regular adverbs ending in -ly, irregular adverbs, and exceptions like "good" which changes to "well". Examples from the lesson include transforming "slow" to "slowly," "careful" to "carefully," and using "well" instead of "good" when forming adverbs.

  • Listening: Students will enhance their listening skills by engaging with audio content where a speaker describes their skills and how they perform certain activities. The lesson will involve listening comprehension exercises aimed at identifying how different actions are performed (e.g., "quickly," "carefully," "beautifully," "terribly").

  • Speaking: The lesson encourages speaking activities through discussions on personal abilities, preferences in performing tasks, and sharing opinions on behaviors and activities. Students will express how they or people they know do things, using adverbs to describe these actions accurately.

  • Vocabulary: New vocabulary will be introduced and practiced, relating to behaviors, skills, and activities, alongside adverbs describing how these activities are performed. Vocabulary examples include terms related to professions, actions (e.g., "work," "drive," "sing," "dance"), and adjectives that are transformed into adverbs (e.g., "quick," "slow," "careful," "beautiful").

  • Homework: Homework tasks will focus on reinforcing the lesson's grammar focus by having students transform adjectives into adverbs, fill in blanks with correct adverbs, and choose the correct adverbial forms in given sentences. Additionally, students will express their opinions and describe behaviors using adverbs, enhancing their understanding of how adverbs modify verbs and the importance of adverb usage in describing actions accurately.


Listen to the audio about different ways that things can be done. Do you drive a car at a snail’s pace, or are you quick like a cat? Are you someone who makes decisions independently, or do you work better in a group? Some people sing like angels, and others sound like a broken record. Everyone has their preferences both at work and in their personal lives .

Audio Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

manager [noun]: someone in charge of an office, shop, team, etc.
effective [adjective]: achieving the results that you want; successful
hard-working [adjective]: tending to work with energy and commitment
creative [adjective]: relating to or involving the imagination or using original ideas, especially in an artistic way
punctual [adjective]: arriving or doing something at the correct time; not late
eco [prefix]: connected with the environment
negotiator [noun]: someone who tries to help two groups who disagree with each other to reach an agreement
team player [noun]: someone who is good at working with other people
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