Teaching adverbs of frequency and daily routine – A1 ESL/ EFL Lesson Plan

Adverbs Of Frequency Lesson Plan – Daily Routine (A1)

adverbs of frequency English lesson plan - daily routine

*The following lesson plan is suitable for English teachers working with students of A1 (beginner) English level. The Answer Sheet for the lesson is available for download here.

Lesson Goals: At the end of this lesson the students should be able to use some of the basic adverbs of frequency. They will be able to talk about their daily routine in a general way and will become familiar with some phrases related to people’s daily life.

Target Grammar: Adverbs of frequency – always, never, often, sometimes, usually

Target Vocabulary: Daily routine


1. Open Cloze: Listen to Tom’s daily routine and fill in the blanks.

Please note, there are no audio files available for this fill in the blanks exercise. The teacher must read the text for their students. If you are interested in lesson plans that include audio files, please feel free to visit our shop.

You want to _______________________________________________________ about my daily routine?

Well, I have a very busy ____________________________________________________________________.
I wake up at 5:45 a.m.. I have a large cup of coffee and a sandwich for _________________.
At about seven I go to work. I usually ______________________________________________________ to my colleagues about what we have to do.
Later, I go to different ______________________________________________________________________ and interview people or just report the news.
Often, I have to run from one place to another and don’t have time for _________________________________________________________________________________________________.
I never come home _______________________________________________________ 7 in the evening.
Being a reporter is very tiring. But I really love my job because it is very _______________________________________________________________________________________________. 

We have made a video about Tom’s story. If you prefer, play the video to your class.*It does not fully match the text above, so you might need to adjust it a little.

2. Mark the statements T for true, and F for false.

  1. Tom is not very busy.
  2. He wakes up at 6 o’clock.
  3. He has tea for breakfast.
  4. He goes to work at about 7 o’clock.
  5. Tom usually goes to different places for interviews.
  6. He never has time for lunch.
  7. He doesn’t like his job.
  8. Tom sometimes comes home before 7 in the evening.

3. Match the phrases.

1. brush a) dinner
2. wake up b) the shopping
3. have c) breakfast
4. do d) to work
5. cook e) early/ late
6. go f) my teeth
7. wash g) the dishes


1. Read the dialogue. How often do they………..?

Fill in the table using adverbs of frequency.

Paul: Hey Raile! I am going shopping. Do you want to come?
Raile: Sorry, Keiko is coming. We will do the English homework together.
Paul: I see… Well, I never do that homework…
Raile: I do it sometimes but Keiko is very serious, she always does her homework.
Paul: OK, but I am cooking dinner tonight, so you and Keiko should come.
Raile: You are so nice, always cooking dinner for me.
Paul: Well, you sometimes wash the dishes and Keiko almost always does the shopping…
Raile: I know you hate washing the dishes, so you never do it.
Paul: Yeah…. Will you wash the dishes tonight?
Raile: Hehe, sure.

Paul Raile Keiko
Wash the dishes
Go shopping
Does homework
Cooks dinner

 2. Answer the questions for yourself.

  1. How often do you wash the dishes?
  2. How often do you wake up at 10 a.m.?
  3. How often are you late for work?
  4. How often do you cook lunch?
  5. How often do you watch TV in the evening?
  6. How often do you go to bed at 9 p.m.?
  7. How often do you wash your clothes?
  8. How often do you study English?

3. Put the adverb of frequency on the correct place.

For example: I go to the park. (often) – I often go to the park.
  1. Joanna washes the dishes. (sometimes)
  2. Philip is late for work. (never)
  3. She wakes up at 6 a.m. (always)
  4. Tim comes home late. (often)
  5. Roxanna cooks nice dinner. (always)
  6. Paul does his homework. (never)


1. Ask the class about their daily routines.

**Source: Teachers Online English Expert


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