Verb - Present Simple (Lesson Plan)
Beginner ESL students can hear real people speaking natural English using verbs in the present simple. Recommended study plan:
- Watch the video
- Take the quiz
- Listen again and read the script
- Learn the grammar with the notes
Todd: Hey, Shantel, what do you do on the weekend?
Shantel: On the weekend, I wake up and, first, I make breakfast.
Todd: Oh, what do you make?
Shantel: I like to make toast.
Todd: All right. I often eat toast, too.
Shantel: Do you put butter on your toast?
Todd: I do. I put butter and jam.
Shantel: Ew, I love butter and jam on my toast.
Todd: Do you eat cereal?
Shantel: No. I used to, but not anymore.
Todd: On the weekend, I don't eat cereal. On the weekend, I cook a nice breakfast, but I eat cereal during the week. What else do you do on the weekend?
Shantel: Let's see. After I eat breakfast, I clean the kitchen and make my bed. What about you?
Todd: I also clean my house. I clean my rooms. I vacuum. I wash the windows. I wash the dishes. I do my laundry. I do that on Saturday, but on Sunday, I have fun.
Shantel: What do you do for fun?
Todd: I go to the park. I play sports. I play soccer at the park. Sometimes, I ride my bike. Sometimes, I go hiking. I do lots on Sunday. On Sunday, I relax. I don't study. I don't work, and I don't clean my house.
Todd: What do you do on Sunday?
Shantel: I also enjoy my time on Sunday. I really like to meet my friends and, sometimes, we go to festivals or visit new cities, and we eat a lot of really good food.
Todd: Oh, that sounds fun.
Shantel: Actually, we also really enjoy camping. Do you like camping?
Todd: I love camping. I love the outdoors. I go hiking often.
Shantel: Oh, me, too.
Todd: Oh, that's cool. What about Sunday evening?
Shantel: Oh, Sunday evening, I relax. I cook a big dinner, and I listen to music, and, sometimes, I read my book, but, often, I go to sleep very early on Sunday.
Todd: Oh, wow.
Shantel: And you?
Todd: Well, on Sunday, I don't cook. I usually order food. I order pizza or maybe I eat at a restaurant, and then, later in the evening, on Sunday, I always watch TV. My favorite TV show is on Sunday night.
Shantel: What's your favorite TV show?
Todd: My favorite TV show is called Billions.
Todd: Yeah. It's about money and power in New York. It's very interesting.
Shantel: Nice. Maybe I should watch it.
Todd: Oh, you should, but you go to bed early.
Shantel: Yes, around nine o'clock.
Todd: Oh, okay, maybe you can see it.
Here are some basic ways to use verbs.
What do you eat for breakfast?
Where do you eat lunch?
When do you eat dinner?
I eat toast and fruit.
I work at home.
I live near the station.
I do not eat cereal.
I do not work in town.
I do not live by my work.
I don't eat cereal.
I don't work in town.
I don't live by my work.
Yes / No Questions
Do you eat at home?
Yes, I do. / Yes, I eat at home.
No, I don't. / No, I don't eat at home.