ESL Free Time Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson plan supports teachers who are discussing free time and hobbies with their ESL students. Students will compare leisure activities in their native country to those in the U.S., play idiom charades, and use idioms to describe a day off.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Use idioms related to leisure activities
  • Identify leisure activities
  • Compare free time activities in the U.S. and student's native countries


45-90 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Determine the meaning of words and phrases in oral presentations and literary and informational text.


Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.


Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11-12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.


  • catch some rays
  • crazy about
  • free time/leisure time
  • guilty pleasure
  • hang out
  • hit the road
  • window shop
  • shoot some hoops
  • social butterfly
  • take it easy

Lesson and Activity Instructions

Materials needed: chart paper, markers, computer/internet access

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