Likes and Favorites

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Likes and Favorites (Lesson Plan)

Beginner ESL students can hear people speaking natural English about things they like. Recommended study plan:

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Todd: Natalie, let's talk about our favorite things.

Natalie: Sure.

Todd: First, what is your favorite color?

Natalie: My favorite color is purple.

Todd: Really? My favorite color is purple, too.

Natalie: Oh, really?

Todd: Yeah, but I don't have purple clothing. I love the color purple, but I don't have purple clothes.

Natalie: Oh, well, everything I wear is purple.

Todd: No kidding?

Natalie: Yeah, really.

Todd: That's so cool. So, what about food? What's your favorite food?

Natalie: Good question. My favorite food is pizza. I love pizza, but I don't like really big pizzas.

Todd: I love pizza, too. What is your favorite topping on pizza?

Natalie: I like really spicy toppings, so salami or pepperoni, chilies, and sometimes bell peppers, too.

Todd: Do you like thick pizza or thin pizza?

Natalie: No, I don't like thick pizza, because I can't eat too much. The thin pizzas, I get lots of toppings and I don't feel so full.

Todd: Yeah, I agree. What about seasons? What is your favorite season?

Natalie: My favorite season is winter.

Todd: Winter?

Natalie: Yeah, I love winter, don't you?

Todd: No, I hate winter. Why do you like winter?

Natalie: I love the snow.

Todd: Oh, I hate the snow. Well, I like the snow a little bit, but I hate cold weather.

Natalie: Yeah, I guess the cold is kind of annoying, but the snow is so much fun. I go skiing and I play snowball fights and I build snowmen.

Todd: Yeah, that sounds fun. What about sports? What's your favorite sport?

Natalie: I'd say my favorite sport is tennis.

Todd: That's interesting. Do you play tennis?

Natalie: Yeah, but I'm not very good.

Todd: Do you like singles or doubles?

Natalie: At the moment I'm having singles lessons. They're really fun.

Todd: Oh, now you are taking tennis lessons?

Natalie: Yes, about twice a week.

Todd: Do you watch tennis on TV?

Natalie: Yes, I watch it all the time.

Todd: Who is your favorite tennis player?

Natalie: I really like Roger Federer.

Todd: Yeah. He's really good. Okay, last question. What is your favorite movie?

Natalie: I don't have a favorite movie, but I really like comedies.

Todd: So, what is your favorite comedy?

Natalie: My favorite comedy is Ace Ventura.

Todd: Ace Ventura is very funny, but that movie is really old.

Natalie: It is, but it's a classic, Todd.

Todd: It's like 20 years old, I think, maybe more.

Natalie: I know. I've seen it a hundred times.

Todd: Yeah. I like it a lot, too.


Point 1: You can ask about likes with the following pattern: What ( ---- ) do you like?
  1. What movies do you like?
  2. What sports do you like?
  3. What foods do you like?
  4. What desserts do you like?
Point 2: You can express likes with the following pattern:
I like ( ---- )
  1. I like action movies.
  2. I like soccer.
  3. I like pizza.
  4. I like ice cream.
Point 3: For Yes / No Questions, we use the pattern below.
Do you like ( ---- )?
  1. Do you like pizza?
  2. Do you like baseball?
  3. Do you like video games?
  4. Do you like coffee?
Point 4: You can answer a Yes / No Question in the following ways.
  1. Yes, I do.
  2. Of course. (= Yes, I do)
  3. No, I don't.
  4. Not really. (= No, I don't)
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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