~ 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 21

Section One ~ Basic-Talk 121 ~ Comparing Pastimes ~ Role Play Practice ~


A) What’s the difference between a pastime and a hobby?


B) They are similar. Maybe hobbies are less social and done in people’s spare time.


A) Then, what about pastimes. Are they more social and less to do with personal time?  


B Yes. Chess and other games, bowling… Yet, both can be sports. Definitions are flexible.


A) I see. In your view, which pastime is the best or the worst?


B) The best is ________________ . The worst is ________________________ .

(probably sports/certainly chess/cooking and eating/going to the beach/jogging/reading.)


A) Do you have regular meetings with friends for your pastimes?


B) ____________________________________________________ .

(Yes. We always meet for coffee and chat/Sometimes we go hiking/Not regular, no.)


A) Is it worse to have an unhealthy pastime (like drinking) than no pastime at all?


B) _______________________________________________________ .

(Socializing is essential for us. We sometimes need it. Moderate drinking can be healthy.)


A) What pastimes or hobbies do your friends or family like?


B) Well... ______________________________________________________ .

(My uncle is a chess fanatic/My mom always plays badminton/My grandpa takes naps.)


A) Is there a pastime (or hobby) you’d like to begin doing now?


B) Well… ______________________________________________________ .

(Maybe swimming or volleyball/I want to learn piano/No. I’m happy with what I do.)



Section Two ~ Form-Talk 21 ~ Adjectives for Comparison ~ Dialogue Practice ~


See previous sections (Topics 6 and 7) for regular forms


Irregular Forms:


1) Good   ~   Better   ~   Best

a) Which is better, __________ or ___________ .

b) What is the best way to ___________________ .


2) Bad   ~   Worse   ~   Worst

a) Which is worse, __________ or ___________ .

b) What is the worst way to ___________________ .


3) Far   ~   Farther/further   ~   Farthest/furthest

a) Which is farther, __________ or ___________ .

b) What is the furthest ______________________ .


Example questions:


Q1: Which is more fun, playing online games or playing board games? Explain.

Q2: Is it better to travel in your own country or travel abroad? Give your opinion.

Q3: If you had a party, what would be the worst thing that could happen? Why?

Q4: What is the furthest distance a friend or family member lives from you now?

Q5: Which is worse, being late for work or being late to a wedding or funeral? Tell.

Q6: Which is better, living in the country or living in the city? Give your opinion.

Q7: What’s the best place or places for you to live in retirement? Explain.

Q8: Which is better on Sundays, staying home and relaxing or going out? Tell. 

Q9: What is the worst or best experience you have had studying English? Why? 

Q10: What is the furthest thing from your mind right now? Explain.


Make some of your own questions using this form.


Notes: Using doubt or uncertainty


I dont know, maybe I/they/we would ________________ . 






                                             Advertise in this Space ~ Contact us ~ TLW

© COPYRIGHT The Language Works and its licensors 2006 ~ 2020. All rights reserved.