Teaching Used To: To Talk About the Past

In this post, we are going to discuss teaching used to to talk about repeated actions in the past. We’ll also introduce an easy-to-follow teacher-led lesson plan that you can use to introduce the topic to your ESL students. If your students are already comfortable using the past tense and want other ways to express their past actions, continue reading to find out more about the resources available! 

teaching 'used to'

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Teaching used to

We use used to to talk about repeated habits or actions in the past that are no longer true in the present. For some students, using used to can be intimidating, as they’ve already learned the verb use in other forms. Additionally, they may have already learned that used to also means “accustomed to”.  Now, they have to learn a completely new way to use it. Don’t let them be scared! Used to is a useful phrase because it immediately signifies a lot of information. Now that you’re ready to teach it to your ESL students, let’s talk about our lesson plan introducing used to.

Off2Class has created an awesome teacher-led lesson plan you can use to introduce the subject used to to your ESL students. It talks about using it in the positive form, negative form, and question form. The lesson begins with a brief, easy-to-follow explanation of the grammar rules, followed by activities. Students can practice until perfect! After this lesson, your students will have a better understanding of used to. Don’t forget to sign up for your FREE Off2Class teacher account so you can access the teacher notes and assign homework for extra practice!

teaching 'used to'

After teaching this lesson on the phrase used to, consider checking out the Off2Class ESL Lesson Library! All of our lesson plans are designed with teachers like you in mind. They are ready-to-teach and suitable for both in-person and online classes. With lesson plans in a range of subjects and levels, you are just a few clicks away from your next ESL lesson!

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