~ How to Make a Lesson ~ 


1) In the first section, fill in the blanks, then practice your role plays on your own.


2) Then, as a class, in groups, or in pairs, perform the role plays you have created.


3) After that, perform your role play in class with a partner/several partners.


4) Finally, challenge yourself by performing the role play with no written cues.


5) In the second section, briefly discuss the form as a class. Avoid over-analysis.


6) Select two questions from the list. Practice with a partner, then in front of the class.


7) You may wish to discuss the form (section two) before the role play (section one).

The Language Works ~ Basic English ~ Lesson 16

Section One ~ Basic-Talk 116 ~ Idioms Using Time ~ Role Play Practice ~


A) In your country, tell about someone who hit the big time.


B) Let’s see... ___________________________________________________ .

(Lottery winners come to mind/My uncle bought stock in Starbucks a long time ago…)


A) Which country in the future world has the best chance for success, an easy bet?


B) Perhaps ______________ has the best chance for succeeding these days.


A) Why do you think so?


B) Well, _______________________________________________________ .


A) If you went to school again, what subject, at that time, would be ahead of its time?


B) ____________________________________________________________ .

(Obviously, biotech and epidemiology/Online education and conferencing/Anything new.)


A Do you have any relationships that stand the test of time?


B) Let me see. ___________________________________________________ .

(I'm in touch with many alumni from…/My younger sister…/Yes. Too many to count...)


A) Tell me about the best/worst time of your life? Or maybe just a good or bad time lately.


B) Well, _________________________________________________________ .




Section Two ~ Form-Talk 116 ~ Qs with Idioms Using Time ~ Dialogue Practice ~


Idiom: Expressions whose meanings are not the same as the definition of its words.

              Idioms often “paint a picture” in the mind and are often visual in nature.


Example questions:


Q1: Who is or was a person ahead of his/her time? Why?

Q2: What part of your culture is behind the times? Explain.

Q3: Tell us about when you had the time of your life? Tell.

Q4: What movie will stand the test of time? Why so?

Q5: When does time fly for you? Give an example.

Q6: Who is or was a person behind his/her time? Explain.

Q7: What part of your culture is ahead of the times? Explain.

Q8: Tell us about the worst time of your life

Q9: What book will stand the test of time

Q10: When doesn’t time fly for you? What makes you bored?


Extra: Expressing opinions


1) I think/ I guess _______________________ .

2) I don’t know, maybe ____________________ . 


Make some of your own questions using this form…






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