What’s Your Hobby?

Stefanie Simmons - author of the lesson   Stefanie I September 23, 2022
General English, Speaking Lessons
A1 Beginner
Verbs of Likes and Dislikes + ing
Grammar, Speaking, Vocabulary
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
45 minutes
Screenshot of a beginner's English lesson for adults about indoor and outdoor hobbies, focusing on expressing likes and dislike

Lesson Overview

Time flies when you’re having fun! In this lesson, students will learn about various indoor and outdoor hobbies. This lesson features audio of a person talking about different activities they enjoy doing in their free time. Students will also learn and practice ways to express likes and dislikes with “ing” 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 expressing likes and dislikes using verbs followed by gerunds (verbs ending in "ing"), enabling them to articulate their preferences regarding hobbies and leisure activities accurately. They'll learn how to use phrases like "I like swimming," "I enjoy jogging," and "I hate surfing the Internet."

  • Listening: Participants will listen to an audio clip where a person discusses their hobbies, including both indoor and outdoor activities they enjoy or dislike. This will help students improve their listening comprehension skills, especially in understanding detailed descriptions of personal interests.

  • Speaking: Learners will engage in discussions about their hobbies, employing newly learned grammatical structures to express their likes, dislikes, and leisure activities they participate in. Students will talk about what they enjoy doing in their free time, both alone and with others, and describe any new hobbies they might have.

  • Vocabulary: The lesson introduces a wide range of vocabulary related to hobbies and leisure activities. This includes terms for various sports ("jogging," "swimming"), creative activities ("taking pictures," "cooking"), and other leisure pursuits ("surfing the Internet," "playing cards").

  • Homework: Homework tasks are designed to reinforce students' understanding and use of verbs expressing likes and dislikes plus gerunds. Students will complete sentences with appropriate verbs, choose correct options related to hobbies, and match statements to people based on their hobbies. These activities aim to strengthen their ability to discuss hobbies and express preferences.


Listen to the audio about various types of hobbies. Some people like being active and spending time swimming, hiking, or playing sports outdoors . And then there are other people who enjoy playing cards or cooking at home . This man explains his love for hitting the books and catching some rays!

Audio Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

company [noun]: an organization that sells goods or services
hiking [noun]: a long walk especially for pleasure or exercise
social [adjective]: relating to activities in which you meet and spend time with other people
outdoor [adjective]: of or relating to happening outside, not in a building
indoor [adjective]: of or relating to happening inside a building
mind [verb]: to be annoyed or worried by something
clubbing [noun]: the activity of going out dancing in clubs
hobby [noun]: an activity that someone does for pleasure in their free time
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