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Used to / get used to

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would - typical behaviour
 
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habit
 
 
 

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

 
 
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Habbits and annoying behaviour
Analysis of examples
 
 

 

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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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Used to - get used to guessing game
Students read four descriptions of situations (e.g. you are hiking through the jungle.) in which the reader's life has changed in some way. Each includes examples of be used to and get used to. Students read and guess the situation.
 
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Would - used to quiz
Fifteen-question multiple-choice quiz
 
 

 

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

 

used to and would quiz 2
Twelve-question MC quiz.
 
 

 

 
 
 
Used to / be used to / get used to
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.
 
 

Grammar

Comparison with as...as...

Comparison with <i>as</i>...</i>as...</as>: picture
 
Detailed grammar reference notes on comparison with as....
Three pages, illustrated. Includes positive and negative forms, modifiers and common similes.
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Download Comparison with as...as - grammar notes (PDF)
 
 

ESL lesson plans

Reading and vocabulary: workplace discrimination

Reading and vocabulary: workplace discrimination: picture
 
Work clothing vocabulary.
News story in graded English about woman who was sent home for refusing to wear high-heeled shoes.
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Download Dress code (PDF)
 
 

ESL lesson plans

Reading and vocabulary: How Donald Trump got rich: a tale of three Trumps

Reading and vocabulary: How Donald Trump got rich: a tale of three Trumps: picture
 
Three articles in graded English with lead-in and comprehension tasks.
Jigsaw reading for groups of three.
Grammar follow-up on participle clauses (PDF advanced version)
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Download Intermediate (PDF)
 
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Download Advanced (PDF)