Teaching adverbs of time – just, already, yet, and still

I love teaching adverbs of time to ESL students because it is extremely rewarding and fun. The primary objective of this lesson plan is to introduce students to adverbs that describe points and relationships in time. This lesson plan introduces four important adverbs: just, already, yet, and still. Your students will love learning about these, as it will increase their fluency and understanding right away. If you plan to teach adverbs of time to your ESL students, continue reading to find out about Off2Class’s free ready-to-teach lesson plan.

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Adverbs of time at a glance

This pre-intermediate lesson plan starts with a review of some already familiar vocabulary like yesterday, tomorrow and next year. The lesson continues by introducing the featured adverbs of time. Then, students will have ample opportunity to practice using the target vocabulary. I love using these activities as review in later lessons as well. By the end of the lesson, your students will have a clearer understanding of adverbs of time. They’ll leave class feeling confident enough to begin using them in everyday conversation.

teaching adverbs of time

It is important to note that students should have prior knowledge of the present continuous and the present perfect simple tenses to complete this lesson.

As well, this lesson plan perfectly supplements the unit Experiences, which is part of our Step-by-Step curriculum!

teaching adverbs of time

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  • Nes says:

    January 30, 2021 at 8:31 pm

    Every shared resource is very well-prepared.
    Thanks a load.

    • Chris says:

      January 31, 2021 at 9:38 pm

      Glad you’re enjoying them!

  • Samantha Fouche says:

    April 8, 2021 at 6:04 am

    Hi Chris – I’ve checked my spam – nothing. I tried downloading a few of these yesterday. The box pops up to say ‘check your email’ and the green checkmark appears – but nothing comes through 🙁
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    • Chris says:

      April 19, 2021 at 11:24 pm

      Hi Samantha, if you haven’t gotten them, please use the chat widget on the site and we can send you the link!

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