Talking About The Weather (Beg)

Summary

Students will learn how to discuss the weather in social situations.
Student Level: 
Beginner
Unit Group: 
General Business - Socializing

Warm Up (5 mins)

Do you prefer hot weather or cold weather? Why?

Listening (5 mins)

Listen to the audio and answer the following questions.

1. Last week the weather was:

a) clear and comfortable

b) windy and wet

c) cloudy and cold

2. This week the weather is:

a) warm and dry

b) cold and wet

c) hot and humid

3. What will the woman do soon:

a) prepare winter clothing

b) prepare summer clothing

c) buy fuel for winter

Reading Comprehension (10 mins)

Read the following article.

Do you think Japanese people have similar attitudes to British people about the weather? 

Grammar (5 mins)

Adverbs - "enough" / "plenty of" / "lack of" / "too much" / "too many"

We use "enough" and "plenty of" to describe a sufficient amount of something.

We use "not enough" and "lack of" to describe an insufficient amount.

We use "too much" and "too many" to describe an excessive amount.

Example

A lack of vitamins can make you feel ill.

It is important for good health to drink plenty of water.

If you don't get enough sleep you can have trouble concentrating.

I can't take a vacation because I have too much work.

plenty of too many enough lack of

Use the above expressions to complete the sentences below. 

1) If your garden has __________ weeds, it might look untidy.

2) When your grass doesnt have _________ water it starts to turn brown.

3) A ___________ sunshine can cause some young plants to grow poorly.

4) The soil already has ____________ nutrients so we don't need to add fertilizer.

Make original sentences using the above expressions e.g. I have too many projects and not enough time to complete them.

Vocabulary (5 mins)

Column AColumn B
drenchingwind
highblizzard
gustinghumidity
freezingrain

Match the words in column A above with column B above.

Now use the combined expressions above to complete the sentences below.

1) My shirt was soaked with sweat due to the _____________ .

2) I almost fell over when we were hit by the _____________ .

3) Our yard was covered in snow during the _____________ .

4) Many roads overflowed with water due to the   _____________ .

Use the above expressions to make original sentences describing some extreme weather conditions you have experienced.

e.g. I use an air conditioner when we have high humidity.

Role Play (15 mins)

CharactersDialogue
Yoshi:Hi Sandra. How was your weekend?
Sandra:Oh, pretty good thanks, Yoshi. I was finally able to spend time in the garden and pull some weeds.
Yoshi:That sounds like hard work to me.
Sandra:Actually I find it relaxing. You know we've had so much rain lately that I haven't had a chance.
Yoshi:Yeah, you are right. I think we've had enough rain for a while.
Sandra:We sure have. My garden has had plenty of water over the last few weeks but now we need some sunshine.
Yoshi:My wife would agree with you. She says there is always too much rain at this time of year and it's hard to dry the clothes.
Sandra:Oh, I totally agree. Do you have a rainy season in Japan?
Yoshi:Yeah. It's in June and early July. The flowers look great during those months.
Sandra:I guess every season has it's pros and cons!

Do the role play again.

Imagine you are talking to a co-worker about the current weather conditions in your country.

Extension Activity

Have you experienced any "extreme" weather conditions? Describe what happened.

Does your city or town have any seasonal events, like traditional summer festivals or other celebrations? Describe them.

Review and Quiz (5 mins)

Do you have any questions about this lesson?

What did you learn today?

Did you learn any new vocabulary or expressions?

Ask your instructor for tips on how you can improve your English.

Finally, don't forget to take the quiz after all your lessons are finished today.

Thank you !