ESL Lesson Plan for Time Expressions

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Looking for a fun way to introduce your ESL (English as a second language) students to common time expressions? This lesson plan will do just that in a simple and engaging manner. An activity helps to solidify understanding.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • List and define common time expressions.
  • Use time expressions in verbal communication.

Length

30 to 60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.3.3

Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.3.4.D

Use glossaries or beginning dictionaries, both print and digital, to determine or clarify the precise meaning of key words and phrases.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.3.5.B

Identify real-life connections between words and their use (e.g., describe people who are friendly or helpful).

Materials

  • English dictionaries
  • Unlined 5x7 index cards
  • Fine-tipped markers

Key Terms

  • After
  • Ago
  • Always
  • As we speak
  • At this time
  • Before
  • By
  • Finally
  • For
  • Forever
  • Immediately
  • Just
  • Lately
  • Next
  • Nowadays
  • Once
  • Presently
  • Previously
  • Recently
  • Since
  • Soon
  • Today
  • Tomorrow
  • Until
  • Whenever
  • Yesterday

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