Days of the Week Activities for ESL Students

Instructor: Matthew Hamel

Matt has degrees in Journalism and Business and has taught a variety of courses at high schools and universities around the world.

Knowing the days of the week in English is a basic and important skill for English as a second language (ESL) learners. This lesson provides teachers with days of the week activities for use in an ESL environment.

Teaching the Days of the Week

Understanding the days of the week is perhaps one of the simplest tasks your English as a second language (ESL) learners will undertake. All seven end in day, and the grammatical forms of these words are limited to singular and plural. Before using the exercises, ask your class to name the days of the week and their plural forms, then pose the following questions:

  • What's the difference between weekdays and weekends?
  • Which days are weekdays?
  • Which days are weekends?
  • What day was yesterday?
  • What day is tomorrow?

This is also a good time to remind students that days of the week are always capitalized because they are proper nouns. You can also review the following common abbreviations:

  • Monday: Mon.
  • Tuesday: Tues.
  • Wednesday: Wed.
  • Thursday: Thurs.
  • Friday: Fri.
  • Saturday: Sat.
  • Sunday: Sun.

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