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Moving abroad: 'used to'

Course: Weekly lessons, Unit: New Grammar Lab sample lessons

  • 60 mins
  • In class
  • Independent study
  • Grammar
  • B1, B2


Learning goals:

  • Learn the form and uses of used to, would, get used to, and be used to
  • Learn which verb forms or words follow each phrase

Published by

EF Education First


Success criteria:

  • Identify the meaning and use of used to, would, get used to, and be used to
  • Identify when to use each phrase in different situations
  • Identify the verb form and nouns that follow each phrase
  • Write an email using used to, would, get used to, and be used to appropriately

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Activities (13)

Introduction

Introduction

Recommendations

  • 2 mins
  • Class
  • Core
  • Discussion


Student instructions

No student instructions


Teacher notes

This Grammar lab lesson can be used as self-study or as a classroom lesson.
This Grammar lab lesson is a sample of the new edition of our Grammar lab course.
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Warm up

Warm up

Recommendations

  • 2 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Core
  • Discussion


Student instructions

Think about these questions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to activate students' interest in the topic of moving abroad and generate discussion about the reasons why people might want to live in another country.

 

Lead in

Lead in

Recommendations

  • 3 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Core
  • Web site


Student instructions

Watch the video about a university in California. Imagine you moved there to study. What do you think would be different?


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to introduce the idea of moving to California to study and have students reflect on this. It also helps prepare the students for the Discovery activities.
Have students think about the items from Warm up when they are discussing their ideas:

 

Knowledge check

Knowledge check

Recommendations

  • 4 mins
  • Individual
  • Core
  • Gap fill, closed


Student instructions

Penelope has moved from the United Kingdom to California to study. Read what she says about the challenges of moving abroad and complete the sentences.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to test students' knowledge of used to, would, be used to, and get used to and meanings they convey.
You may use students' answers to assess what they already know about the topic and what needs to be introduced or reviewed.

 

Part A: Discovery 1

Part A: Discovery 1

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Core
  • Multiple choice, closed


Student instructions

Read Penelope's post on social media. Then decide whether the statements are 'True' or 'False'.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to start noticing the meaning and use of used to and would.
Variation

 

Part A: Discovery 2

Part A: Discovery 2

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Core
  • Multiple choice, closed


Student instructions

Read 'Used to and would'. Then answer the questions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to check understanding of meaning, use, and form of used to and would.

 

Part A: Practice

Part A: Practice

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Core
  • Gap fill, closed


Student instructions

Choose the best options to complete each pair of sentences.


Teacher notes

This practises the target language from the Part A: Discovery 1 and 2 activities.

 

Part B: Discovery 1

Part B: Discovery 1

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Core
  • Matching, closed


Student instructions

Read the email from James, who has moved abroad to learn a new language. Then match the items to how he feels about them.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to start noticing the meaning and use of get used to and be used to.

 

Part B: Discovery 2

Part B: Discovery 2

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual
  • Core
  • Multiple choice, closed


Student instructions

Read 'Be used to and get used to'. Then answer the questions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to provide students with an opportunity to differentiate the meaning and use of be used to and get used to, and also to notice that these phrases can be followed by nouns or gerunds (verb + -ing).

 

Part B: Practice

Part B: Practice

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual
  • Core
  • Gap fill, mixed


Student instructions

Complete the sentences with the correct form of be used to or get used to.


Teacher notes

This practises the target language from the Part B: Discovery 1 and 2 activities.

 

Part A+B: Practice

Part A+B: Practice

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Core
  • Highlighting, closed


Student instructions

Read the article about an ice skater who moved to Canada. Then highlight the correct options.


Teacher notes

This practises the key language from the Discovery activities.

 

Write

Write

Recommendations

  • 10 mins
  • Individual
  • Core
  • Writing, open


Student instructions

No student instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to provide freer practice of the target language and to allow students to respond to the content of the lesson.
Extension
The aim of this activity is to provide freer practice of the target language. Notice if students use the target language from this lesson to complete the task. Provide feedback or encourage them to rephrase sentences if necessary.

 

Final check

Final check

Recommendations

  • 4 mins
  • Core
  • Multiple choice, closed


Student instructions

Choose the best option to complete the sentences.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to give students the chance to check their progress and understanding of the target language.

 
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