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Used to / get used to

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grammar:
would - typical behaviour
 
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habit
 
 
 

The following ESL resources are available for Used to / get used to:

 
 
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Used to - get used to guessing game
Students read out situations containing used to / get used to for others to guess.
 
 

 

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My life then and now
Students complete table with columns for various aspects of their lives now and when they were ten. Then ask questions to compare with their partners
 
 

 

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Past habits
Sheet to prompt personalized speaking using 'would', 'used to' etc
 
 

 

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Habbits and annoying behaviour
Analysis of examples
 
 

 

 
 
 
Would - used to quiz (355)
Fifteen-question multiple-choice quiz
 
 

 

Will, would and used to quiz (819)
Twelve-question multiple-choice quiz - both language choice and concept questions.
 
 

 

used to and would quiz 2 (1201)
Twelve-question MC quiz.
 
 

 

 
 
 
Used to / be used to / get used to (818)
Short passage about moving from Hong Kong to England. Twelve gaps for used to / be used to / get used to
 
 

 

 
 
 
 

General English course books (adults)

Global Intermediate Coursebook book cover 

Global Intermediate Coursebook 

Lindsay Clandfield   Rebecca Robb Benne   
 
Unit 2 Lives and Legends  Page 25   Used to & would
 
 
Inside Out Student's Book Intermediate book cover 

Inside Out Student's Book Intermediate 

Susan Kay   Vaughan Jones   
 
Unit 5 Kids  Page 49 
'Would' and 'used to' - sentence examples and concept questions. Pairwork speaking practice.
 
 
Inside Out Student's Book Upper Intermediate book cover 

Inside Out Student's Book Upper Intermediate 

Vaughan Jones   Susan Kay   
 
Unit 5 Ritual  Pages 47 - 49
'Used to' compared with 'would'
Grammar notes + making sentences from prompts (short exercise)

 
Unit 7 Review 1  Page 65 
Substitution exercise
 
 
New Cutting Edge Pre-Intermediate students' book book cover 

New Cutting Edge Pre-Intermediate students' book 

Sarah Cunningham   Peter Moore   
 
Module 10 Take care  Page 91 
Used to for talking about past states and jhabits (follows on from reading about healthcare in the past)
 
Consolidation modules 6 - 10  Page 96 
Gapped story
 
 
New Inside Out Student's Book Upper Intermediate book cover 

New Inside Out Student's Book Upper Intermediate 

Susan Kay   Vaughan Jones   
 
Unit 5 Ritual  Page 49   present and past habits
Follow-up work on examples from the listening 'will' for habits. Written and oral work on 'will', 'would' and 'used to'
 
 

Photocopiable resource books

Grammar Activities 2 - Upper Intermediate book cover 

Grammar Activities 2 - Upper Intermediate 

Will Forsyth   Sue Lavender   
 
72 - 73 Used to / get used to  Pages 72 - 73
Used to / get used to
 
 
Intermediate Communication Games book cover 

Intermediate Communication Games 

Jill Hadfield   
 
24 - School reunion  Page 24 
Find information to complete statements about past and present habits.
 
 
Play Games with English Book 2 (1981-8) book cover 

Play Games with English Book 2 (1981-8) 

Colin Granger   John Plumb   
 
Memory 5 - The good old days page 29  Pages 29 - 54
Ss compate two street scenes (same location), one in the 1950s; one now. Form sentences: 'There used to be a cinema next to the bank' etc.
 
 

Grammar books with exercises

Developing Grammar in Context book cover 

Developing Grammar in Context 

Mark Nettle   Diana Hopkins   
 
6 Used to and would  Pages 29 - 34
 
 

General English adult course resource packs

Reward Intermediate Resource Pack book cover 

Reward Intermediate Resource Pack 

Susan Kay   
 
7 I'm different now  Page 7 
Pairwork. 'Me as a child' vs 'me now'.
 
 
Reward Upper-intermediate Resource Pack book cover 

Reward Upper-intermediate Resource Pack 

Susan Kay   
 
9b Life changes  Page 9 
Ss complete and read out sentences relating to a situation (e.g. 'You've got married') I used to... I didn't use to... I'm getting used to... Other Ss must guess the situation.
 
 

ESL lesson plans

How Donald Trump got rich: a tale of three Trumps

US Election ESL worksheet 1 Donald Trump ESL worksheet 2 Donald Trump worksheet 3 Donald Trump ESL worksheet 4 Donald Trump ESL worksheet 5 Donald Trump ESL worksheet 6
B1 / B2 Complete lesson Skills: split reading; discussion; role play Vocabulary: business and economics
Download A Tale of Three Trumps for B1/B2 (PDF)
C1 Complete lesson Skills: split reading; discussion; Grammar: participle clauses
Download A Tale of Three Trumps for C1 (PDF)
 

US Election Special 2016

US Election ESL worksheet 1 US Election ESL worksheet 2 US Election ESL worksheet 3 US Election ESL worksheet 4
B2/C1 Complete lesson Vocabulary: politics, elections; skills: discussing elections and issues.
Download Politics and the US Election (PDF)
 

Wear high heels or go home: gender discrimination at work

Gender descrimination ESL worksheet 1 Gender descrimination ESL worksheet 2 Gender descrimination ESL worksheet 3
B2/C1 Complete lesson Vocabulary work clothes; skills: gender discrimination; grammar: reported speech.
Download Workplace gender discrimination (PDF)
 

English grammar notes

Comparison with as...as

Comprehensive grammar reference notes, illustrated.
Grammar notes on comparison with as..as 1 Grammar notes on comparison with as..as 2 Grammar notes on comparison with as..as 3
Download English grammar notes: comparison with as...as (PDF)