Languages › English as a Second Language Doing Chores: ESL Lesson Plan Share Flipboard Email Print M_a_y_a/Getty Images English as a Second Language Resources for Teachers Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary Writing Skills Reading Comprehension Grammar Business English By Kenneth Beare English as a Second Language (ESL) Expert TESOL Diploma, Trinity College London M.A., Music Performance, Cologne University of Music B.A., Vocal Performance, Eastman School of Music Kenneth Beare is an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher and course developer with over three decades of teaching experience. our editorial process Kenneth Beare Updated March 11, 2019 This lesson plan focuses on common chores around the house. Students will learn collocations such as "mow the lawn" and "cut the grass" related to tasks around the house. For adult learners, use this lesson to focus on chores parents choose for their own children. Doing chores and getting an allowance can contribute to learning responsibility which will open the doors to further conversation in class. English Lesson Plan on Doing Chores Aim: Vocabulary and discussion related to the topic of chores Activity: Vocabulary review/learning, followed by discussion activities Level: Lower-intermediate to intermediate Outline: Introduce the idea of chores and allowance by recounting your own experience with chores and allowance.Have students read the short introduction to chores.Ask students if they had to (or have to) to do chores.Brainstorm chores as a class, writing various chores on the board.Ask students to review the list of common chores and ask any questions they may have.Have students break up into small groups of three to four.Ask students to choose the best five chores and the worst five chores as a group.As a class, ask students to explain their choices of the best / worst five chores. Have students to discuss the chore/allowance questions in their groups.Read the example role-play about chores with a student from the class.Ask students to pair up and write their own chores dialogue. Introduction to Chores In many countries, children are required to do chores around the house. Chores can be defined as little jobs you do around the house to help keep everything clean and orderly. In the United States, many parents ask their children to do chores in order to earn an allowance. An allowance is an amount of money paid on a weekly, or monthly basis. Allowances allow children to have some pocket money to spend as they see fit. This can help them learn to manage their own money, as well as help them become more independent as they grow up. Here are some of the most common chores that children are asked to do. Common Chores to Earn Your Allowance clean your roommake your bedpick up / put away / hang up your clotheswash the disheswash the carmow the lawn / cut the grasspick up your toyspull weedsdo the vacuuming repair the computerplan a mealprepare/cook dinner set the tableclear the tablewash the dishes clean out the fridge or freezerclean the shower or tubdisinfect the toiletdo the laundrywash the clothesdry the clothesput away the clothesmob the floorsvacuum the carpets/rugsrake the leaves in fallshovel snow in winter Chore Questions How many of these chores have you done in your life? Do / Did your parents ask you to do chores? Do / Did your parents give you an allowance? How much was it?Do / Will you ask your children to do chores?Do / Will you give your children an allowance?Which chores are the worst? Which chores do you prefer? Chores Dialogue Mom: Tom, Have you done your chores yet?Tom: No Mom. I'm too busy.Mom: If you don't do your chores, you won't get your allowance.Tom: Mom! That's not fair, I'm going out with friends tonight.Mom: You'll have to ask your friends for money because you haven't done your chores.Tom: Come on. I'll do them tomorrow.Mom: If you want your allowance, you'll do your chores today. They won't take more than an hour.Tom: Why do I have to do chores anyway? None of my friends have to do chores.Mom: You don't live with them do you? In this house we do chores, and that means you have to mow the lawn, pull the weeds and clean up your room.Tom: OK, OK. I'll do my chores.