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Living in English: Recreation
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Recreation: Lesson Plan Index
p 3 - Group discussion - Recreation intro
p 4 - Vocabulary development 1 - Types of sports and recreation
p 5 - Vocabulary development 2
p 6 - Pair work reading - Entertainment guide (partner A)
p 7 - Pair work reading - Entertainment guide (partner B)
p 8 - Reading comprehension - Entertainment guide
p 9 - Idioms - Recreation
p 10 - Idiom review
p 11 - Group Interaction - Find Someone who...
p 12 - Teacher’s notes
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Recreation - Group Discussion
A. Discuss the following questions in your groups.
1. What are the most popular sports in your country?
2. How often do you go to a movie?
3. When was the last time you rented a video? What was it?
4. Do you play a musical instrument?
5. Is physical education a part of the school curriculum in your country?
6. Is music a part of the school curriculum in your country?
7. Are you a member of the public library?
8. Do you enjoy live theater?
9. Have you ever gone camping? If so, did you like it?
10. How much time do you spend on recreational activities per week?
B. Hobbies - What do you like to do in your spare time? Complete the chart below by asking
your partners questions.
Ex. Do you like going to movies? What kind of movies do you like? Do you play any sports?
Which sports do you play? Do you do any handicrafts? Do you like to read? etc.
Name Classmate 1 Classmate 2 Classmate 3
Sports – watch/play
Music – play/listen to
Books – favorite
types
Movies – favorite
kinds
Museums/
Art Galleries
Handicrafts
Other
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Vocabulary Worksheet #1 - Recreation – Where Do I Belong?
Each of the words in the list at the bottom of the page is associated with a certain kind of
hobby or recreation. The word may refer to a specifc type of activity, a piece of equipment
associated with the activity, a setting where the activity takes place, etc. Work with your
partner and put the words in the correct category.
Sports
bat
Movies/TV Music Handicrafts other
1. classical 17. arena 33. umpire
2. western 18. war 34. sit-com
3. rink 19. folk 35. sand trap
4. knitting 20. quilting 36. t-bar
5. hoop 21. cards 37. goalie
6. drama 22. documentary 38. heavy metal
7. racquet 23. net 39. fute
8. blues 24. jazz 40. thriller
9. bat 25. track 41. crochet
10. feld 26. rock 42. lens
11. sewing 27. harp 43. rap
12. chess 28. romance 44. helmet
13. mitt 29. ring 45. stamps
14. comedy 30. alley 46. glove
15. court 31. soap opera 47. goggles
16. puck 32. checkers 48. sci-f
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Vocabulary Worksheet #2 - Sports and Hobbies
A. Odd One Out
Directions: Underline the word that does not belong. Be prepared to explain why.
Ex. ball bat net mitt the other three words are associated with baseball.
1. rink feld helmet court _________________________________
2. classical soap-opera jazz folk _________________________________
3. museum art gallery athlete theater _________________________________
4. quilting chess knitting sewing _________________________________
5. racquet bat skater club _________________________________
6. drama comedy guitar romance _________________________________
7. fash soccer lens tripod _________________________________
8. checkers painting pottery sculpture _________________________________
9. piano chess drums violin _________________________________
10. boat hook ball rod _________________________________
11. net goggles paddle table _________________________________
12. snorkel ball fippers goggles _________________________________
B. Where am I?
Directions: Match the activity on the left with the place on the right.
______ 1. I’m looking at works of art. A. in an alley
______ 2. I’m playing tennis. B. on a track
______ 3. I’m watching a soap opera. C. in the ocean
______ 4. I’m playing golf. D. on a court
______ 5. I’m boxing. E. at home
______ 6. I’m doing laps. F. in a tent
______ 7. I’m skating. G. in a ring
______ 8. I’m running. H. in a gallery
______ 9. I’m doing gymnastics. I. on a rink
______ 10. I’m bowling. J. in a pool
______ 11. I’m snorkeling. K. on a course
______ 12. I’m camping. L. on a balance beam
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You and your partner each have an entertainment guide listing the various types of
entertainment available in your local area. Half of the information is missing from each.
Read the Entertainment Guide and do the exercises on the following page.
The Local Entertainment Guide
Movies
Roxy Cinema
Now playing - Escape
An _____________________;
Showtimes: 7:00, 9:30 nightly
Sat. & Sun. also at 2:00 & 4:00
_______________________
Stage One
Now playing – Never Too Late
A light, romantic comedy;
Showtimes: 7:30, 9:30 evenings
Sat. & Sun. matinees at 3:00 & 5:00
Corner of 4th Ave. and Main St.
King Theater
Now playing - Fight On
Exciting science fction
Showtimes: 7:15, 9:15 nights
_______________________Sat. & Sun.
670 King St.
Universal Theater
Now Playing - Lost
Drama at its best
Showtimes: 6:45, 9:00 nightly
Sat. & Sun. 1:30 & 4:00
1010 Universal Ave.
Museums and Galleries
Royal Museum – Special Leonardo De Vinci exhibit all this week. Open 9:00 - 5:00 daily;
admission $10.00 adults, ___________children and seniors.
University Gallery – Special display of Master Artworks for this month only. Open 10:00 - 6:00 on Mon-
Sat. Closed Sun. Entrance - $7.00.
West-End Gallery – feature display of local and regional artists. Open 10:00A.M. – 9:00 P.M daily. Free
admission.
Sporting Events
Hockey – Flying Saucers meet the Raiders at University Arena, 7:00 P.M. Sat. Tickets $ 5.00 to _________.
Basketball – Northern Lights vs. Devils at ______________ Gym. 2:00 Sun. $6.00.
Soccer – Titans meet the Giants at North Heights Soccer Field, Sat. 12 noon, Tickets starting at $7.50.
Concerts & Live Theater
Elvis Impersonator
Listen to the music of the
60’s.
This Fri. & Sat. only, 8:00 P.M.
Mayfair Hall
Tickets $18, $20 & $22
Shakespeare in the Park
Free performance Sat. & Sun.
Enjoy lively outdoor theatre
at Red River Park, 2:00
All tickets $10
Jazz Concert
Fri. & Sat., 8:00
_____________ Club
________________
Reading - Pair Work - Student A
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You and your partner each have an entertainment guide listing the various types of
entertainment available in your local area. Half of the information is missing from each.
Read the Entertainment Guide and do the exercises on the following page.
The Local Entertainment Guide
Movies
Roxy Cinema
Now playing - Escape
An action-packed thriller;
Showtimes: 7:00, 9:30 nightly
Sat. & Sun. also at 2:00 & 4:00
410 Main St.
Stage One
Now playing – Never Too Late
A __________________________;
Showtimes: 7:30, 9:30 evenings
Sat. & Sun. matinees at __________
Corner of 4th Ave. and Main St.
King Theater
Now playing - Fight On
Exciting science fction
Showtimes: 7:15, 9:15 nights
Also at 1:30 on Sat. & Sun.
670 King St.
_____________ Theater
Now Playing - Lost
Drama at its best
Showtimes: 6:45, 9:00 nightly
Sat. & Sun. 1:30 & _______
1010 Universal Ave.
Museums and Galleries
Royal Museum – Special Leonardo De Vinci exhibit all this week. Open 9:00 - 5:00 daily;
admission $10.00 adults, $5.00 children and seniors.
University Gallery – Special display of Master Artworks for this month only. Open 10:00 - 6:00 on Mon-
Sat. __________Sun. Entrance - $7.00.
West-End Gallery – feature display of local and regional artists. Open 10:00A.M. – 9:00 P.M daily. Free
admission.
Sporting Events
___________ – Flying Saucers meet the Raiders at University Arena, 7:00 P.M. Sat. Tickets $ 5.00 to $8.50.
Basketball – Northern Lights vs. Devils at West-End Gym. 2:00 Sun. $6.00.
Soccer – Titans meet the Giants at North Heights Soccer Field, Sat. 12 noon, Tickets starting at $7.50.
Concerts & Live Theater
Elvis Impersonator
Listen to the music of the
60’s.
This Fri. & Sat. only, 8:00 P.M.
Mayfair Hall
Tickets $18, $20 & $22
Shakespeare in the Park
Free performance Sat. & Sun.
Enjoy lively outdoor theatre
at Red River Park, 2:00
All tickets $10
_______ Concert
Fri. & Sat., 8:00
Rhythm Club
all tickets $10
Reading - Pair Work - Student B
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The Entertainment Guide – Comprehension Questions
A. Your Entertainment Guide provides half the information for the following questions. Your
partner’s Guide provides the rest. Together with your partner, compete the questions below.
1. What kind of movie is Escape? ______________________________________________
2. Where is Lost playing? ____________________________________________________
3. Where is the Roxy Cinema located? __________________________________________
4. Which theaters have a Sun. matinee at 4:00? ___________________________________
5. Which theater is showing a comedy? __________________________________________
6. If you want to go to a 3:00 show on Sun., which show will you see? ____________________
7. Which theater has one less showing per week than the others? ______________________
8. If you are 65 years old, how much will you pay to see the Leonardo De Vinci exhibit? ______
_______________________________________________________________________
9. You do not want to spend any money this weekend. What are two things you can do? ______
_______________________________________________________________________
10. How much are the best seats at Saturday’s hockey game? _________________________
11. What day can you not see the Master Artworks display? ___________________________
12. Where are the Devils playing this Sunday? _____________________________________
13. What will you see if you go to the Rhythm Club on Saturday night? ___________________
14. What kind of sport will you be watching if you go see the Raiders? ___________________
15. Mr. & Mrs. Jones are in town for the weekend. He wants to see the Titans and she wants to
go to Shakespeare in the Park. They both want to see Never Too Late. Is it possible to for them
to go together to all three? Explain. ____________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________
B. You and your partner want to spend one evening and one afternoon together this week-
end. Look at the Entertainment Guide again and plan your activities. Decide when you will
get together and what you will do.

day ____________________ time ________________ activity _________________
day____________________ time ________________ activity _________________
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Vocabulary Worksheet #3 - Idioms From Recreation
A. Many idioms come from words related to recreation. In your groups, try to guess the
meanings of the following idioms. Use your imagination. Have fun!
1. a ball park fgure ________________________________________________________
2. a good sport ___________________________________________________________
3. be all thumbs __________________________________________________________
4. go fy a kite ____________________________________________________________
5. have two left feet _______________________________________________________
6. in the same boat ________________________________________________________
7. keep the ball rolling ______________________________________________________
8. music to one’s ears _______________________________________________________
9. off base ______________________________________________________________
10. on the ball ____________________________________________________________
11. put one’s cards on the table ________________________________________________
12. right off the bat _______________________________________________________
13. the ball’s in your court ___________________________________________________
B. Now try to match the idioms above with the correct defnitions below.
A. immediately, the very frst thing _________
B. smart, clever, intelligent _________
C. it is your turn to speak or act _________
D. good news, something you are happy to hear _________
E. go away, stop bothering me – usually said in anger _________
F. not correct, not appropriate _________
G. to be honest and not hide anything _________
H. an estimated number, an approximation _________
I. to be a bad dancer, to have poor coordination _________
J. in the same bad situation _________
K. a person who is fair and friendly and doesn’t complain if he/she loses _________
L. continue to make things happen _________
M. be clumsy, cannot do things well with one’s hands _________
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Vocabulary Worksheet #4 - Idiom Review Directions.
Choose the correct idiom from the previous page to complete the sentences below.
1. He doesn’t know what he’s talking about. He is completely ____________________ with his
information.
2. I don’t want Robert to be my dance partner. He has ______________________________.
3. Marie and Susan both lost their jobs last week. Now they are in _____________________.
4. I don’t know exactly how much that computer costs. I can just give you a ______________
_____________. It’s about $1500.
5. When the students heard that their exam was cancelled, it was ______________________
___________________________.
6. When Ben was trying to study, Anna kept bothering him. He fnally said to her very rudely,
“Oh, __________________________________!”
7. Ruth is a very ______________________. She never gets upset when she loses a tennis
game.
8. When I discuss the offer to buy the business, I’m going to ______________________. I
want to be very open and direct. I want them to know exactly what I am prepared to pay. I
think it will be a waste of time if we are not honest with each other.
9. He can’t even sew a button on his shirt. He is _________________________.
10. He offered to pay me $10,000 for my car. I counter offered with $15, 000. Now _______
______________________________.
11. Dave is always _____________________. I’m sure he can solve our problem.
12. The leader of our project promised to ______________________________. He won’t
stop working until all the work is done.
13. When he met her, it was love at frst sight. ____________________________ he told
her he was going to marry her some day.
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Find Someone Who....
Find someone in the class ....
1. who saw a movie last night. _______________________
_______________________________________________________________________
2. who can play a musical instrument. _______________________
_______________________________________________________________________
3. who played soccer in his/her country. _______________________
_______________________________________________________________________
4. who has gone dancing in the past month. _______________________
_______________________________________________________________________
5. who knows how to knit. _______________________
_______________________________________________________________________
6. who likes to collect stamps. _______________________
_______________________________________________________________________
7. who can play chess. _______________________
_______________________________________________________________________
8. who has never gone fshing. _______________________
_______________________________________________________________________
9. who enjoys opera music. _______________________
_______________________________________________________________________
10. who watches the news on T.V. everyday. _______________________
_______________________________________________________________________
11. who went camping last summer. _______________________
_______________________________________________________________________
12. who plays cards regularly. _______________________
_______________________________________________________________________
13. who is a good photographer. _______________________
_______________________________________________________________________
14. who likes to paint. _______________________
_______________________________________________________________________
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Recreation – Teacher’s Notes
These activities are designed for low-intermediate level adult ESL learners; however, with some modifcation,
they may also be suitable for upper–beginner through upper-intermediate levels.
Recommended Flashcards to Accompany the Unit
Athletes, Outdoor recreation, Sports, Sports equipment, Sports actions, Water sports, Hobbies, Instruments,
Types of entertainment
Group Work - Discussion
Break the class into small groups to discuss the questions in section A and to complete the chart in section B.
Before the students begin work on section B, ask them to provide questions for the words in the chart and write
them on the blackboard. Ex. Do you enjoy watching sports? Which sports do you like to watch? Do you do any
handicrafts? Do you like to read? What kind of books do you enjoy? What other hobbies do you have? etc. This
will ensure they are asking the questions correctly in their group work.
After the students have completed the activities, you may have them report back to the whole class to share
some of their information.
Vocabulary Development – Worksheet #1 – Recreation – Where Do I Belong?
Have the students work in pairs or small groups to complete this exercise. Ask the students to put the vocabu-
lary at the bottom of the page in the correct categories. Some of the words refer to specifc types of activities,
equipment related to certain sports, places where recreational activities take place, types of movies, music,
handicrafts, etc. When the students have completed the sheet, review with the class as a whole. As you are cor-
recting the sheet together, ask the students to explain the words and to use them in sentences.
Vocabulary Development – Worksheet #2 – Sports and Hobbies
Have the students complete this worksheet on their own, but correct it together as a class.
Answers
A.
1. helmet 2. soap-opera 3. athlete 4. chess 5. skater 6. guitar 7. soccer
8. checkers 9. chess 10. ball 11. goggles 12. ball
B.
1.H 2. D 3.E 4.K 5.G 6.J 7.I 8.B
9.L 10. A 11.C 12.F
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Reading and Pair work – Information Gap – The Local Entertainment Guide
Break the class into pairs. Give one student exercise A and the other B. They each have the same entertainment
guide, but each is missing some of the information. Have them frst read their guide silently and then work to-
gether to complete the questions on the following sheet by asking questions and sharing information. In section
B, the students have to use the Entertainment Guide to plan some weekend activities together.
Vocabulary Worksheet #3 – Idioms from Recreation
Put the students in groups and ask them to guess the meaning of the idioms. Let them use their imaginations and
have fun with this exercise. Then share their ideas with the whole class.
Answers
B
A.12 B.10 C.13 D.8 E.4 F.9 G.11 H.1
I.5 J.6 K.2 L.7 M.3
Vocabulary Worksheet #4 – Idiom Review
After working on the previous exercise in groups, ask the students to complete this exercise on their own. Cor-
rect with the class as a whole. Follow-up by having the students give
sentences of their own using the new idioms.
Answers
1. off base 2. two left feet 3. the same boat
4. ball park fgure 5. music to their ears. 6. go fy a kite
7. good sport 8. put my cards on the table 9. all thumbs
10. the ball is in his court 11. on the ball 12. keep the ball rolling
13. right off the bat
Group Interaction – Find Someone Who...
Distribute the worksheet. Have the students write the questions before they begin the oral practice and review
the questions together. This will ensure they are asking the questions correctly as they circulate around the
room. Have the students circulate around the class asking the questions on the sheet. When the student fnds
a classmate who can answer the question, he/she will then write the student’s name on the line and follow-up
with one more question of his/her own. Ex. “Did you see a movie last night?”- If the student answers “yes”, the
second question might be: “What did you see?” Try to encourage the students to engage in real conversation
during this activity. Follow up by sharing the information with the whole class. This activity provides a good

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