Talking About The Weather (Int)

Summary

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

Warm Up (5 mins)

Think of some examples of "extreme" weather conditions. 

Have you ever experienced extreme weather? What happend?

Listening (5 mins)

Watch the following video.

1. Describe what the weather conditions will be like according the report.

Reading Comprehension (10 mins)

Read the following article.

According to the author, why do people in Britain often talk 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 too many enough lack of

Use the above expressions to complete the sentences below. One of the expressions is used twice.

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

2) When your grass doesn't 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.

5) There are ___________ of flowers that will grow well in this climate.

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
scorchingblizzard
gustinghumidity
freezingheat
highrain

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) The _________________ caused the radiator in my car to burst.

3) I almost fell over when we were hit by that _____________ .

4) Our back door was almost covered in snow during the _____________ .

5) Many roads overflowed with water due to the sudden storm's _____________ .

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

e.g. Last weekend I took my children to the local pool to escape the scorching heat.

Role Play (15 mins)

CharactersDialogue
Yoshi:Hi Sandra. How was your weekend?
Sandra:Oh, pretty good thanks, Yoshi. I was finally able to get out into the garden and pull some weeds.
Yoshi:That sounds like hard work to me.
Sandra:Haha. 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 on that. 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 hydrangea flowers looks great during those months. That's a good point.
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

Which is your favorite season? What's the weather like at that time of year?

Does your city or town have any seasonal events, like traditional festivals or 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 !