~ 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 18

Section One ~ Basic-Talk 118 ~ Talking About the Past ~ Role Play Practice ~


A) Where did you grow up?


B) I grew up ___________________________________________ .


A) What did you used to do before or after school when you were a teenager?


B) Well, I used to __________________________________________ .


A) In your culture, what was important 100 years ago?


B) Difficult to say, but I think they used to ____________________________ .


A) Where are/were your grandparents from?


B) They are/were from _____________________ .


A) What did you used to do with your grandma or grandpa?


B) Well, ____________________________________________________ .

(We used to play cards/I used to bake with my grandma/I went fishing with my grandpa.)


A) What did you used to do with your parents?


B) Umm, ____________________________________________________ .

(We used to go camping/I used to play piano with my mom/We used to play ping pong.)


A) Right now, as we speak, whats the first memory that pops up from your youth?


B) Well, I used to _____________________________________________ .



Notes: Your mother's parents = grandparents on my mom's side

      Your father's parents = grandparents on my dad's side



Section Two ~ Form-Talk 118 ~ Used to + Present Verb ~ Dialogue Practice ~


Used to expresses our routine actions that happened in the past

but are no longer the case in our present situation.


Example questions:


Q1: Where did you used to play when you were young? 

Q2: What did you used to eat for breakfast? Or is it the same?

Q3: Who did you used to meet before school? Tell.

Q4: What celebrity did you used to admire? Why?

Q5: What snack did you used to buy as a child? Still today?

Q6: Where did you used to go on a date? Tell a story. 

Q7: What did you used to enjoy on Friday night? Still today?

Q8: Who did you used to fight at school? Why?

Q9: What sports team did you used to cheer for? Still today?

Q10: Who did you used to hang out with in university?


Remember: Used to is related to no longer as in:


I no longer smoke, but I used to in university. 


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