Lesson Plan for Talking about Daily Routines


When people are talking about their daily or weekly routines they will be using time expressions. Guest may
sometimes ask hotel staff the general routine of the location they are visiting (for example when do local
shops usually open and close, or the months of high or low season, or what time it gets dark and light outside,
or the times that local people usually eat meals). When talking about daily schedules and routines adverbs of
frequency are used to indicate how frequently you do things.

100%      XXXXX 80%   XXXXXX 50%        XXXX 20%            X 0%

XXXalways XXXXXXXusually XxXXXX sometimes XXXX seldom XXXX never
Xall the timeXXXX most of the time XXoccasionallyXXXX rarelyXXXX not at all

Dialogue Talking about Daily Routines

Guest: What time do the local shops usually open?
Staff: They usually open between 9:00 and 10:00.
Guest: Do they usually open at the same time on Saturdays and Sundays as well?
Staff: Yes, most of the shops open at the same time on the weekends.

Guest: When do Thai people usually eat dinner?
Staff: Most people eat dinner between 6 and 7 PM.
Guest: Is lunch usually between noon and 1:00 PM or between 1:00 and 2:00.
Staff: Lunch is usually between noon and 1:00.

Guest: How often do they change movies at the local cinema?
Staff: Movies are usually changed once a week.
Guest: Do they show a lot of English language movies?
Staff: Many of the movies are the latest Hollywood block busters, which are captioned in Thai.

Guest: How many times a week does the hotel clean the pool?
Staff: The pool is cleaned every day, sometimes twice a day, depending on the circumstances.
Guest: What time are they usually cleaned.
Staff: Usually early in the morning, before the guests wake up.

Discussion topic: Daily routines

Talk about your daily routine with another person, telling about what you do from the moment you wake up util you go to bed. The person listening should ask questions to get more information.

Other links for Time

Time Vocabulary

For more ideas about teaching in the hotel industry take a look at

Hotel and Resort English

Adverbs of frequency used for talking about daily routines- Hotel-tefl.com