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Posted on May 11, 2013 by kierandonaghy



This EFL lesson is designed around a beautiful short film called Everyday by Gustav Johansson and the theme of everyday routines and empathy. Students imagine and write about a day in the life of their partner, speak about their daily routines and watch a short film.

Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Upper Intermediate (B2)

Learner type: Teens and adults

Time: 60 minutes

Activity: Writing, speaking and watching a short film

Topic: Everyday life and empathy

Language: Present simple for routines, vocabulary related to everyday activities and second conditional

Materials: Short film

Downloadable materials: everyday lesson instructions

Step 1

Seat students in pairs and tell them they may ask five and only five questions about their partner’s daily life: their age, job, studies, journey to school, university or work, routine and evening pastimes, for example.


Step 2

When they have asked and answered their questions, ask them to write “A Day in the Life” of their partner in the first person, as if they were their partner. They should use the information they got from their partner as a springboard, but they should use their imagination and powers of empathy to fill in details they don’t know. They should try to imagine what life is like for their partner and how he/she feels about his/her life.


Step 3

When they have finished they should give their descriptions to their partner, read the description of their life and then tell their partner if it is a good description of their everyday life.


Step 4

Ask students to say what they do on a normal day. Get each student to explain something they do on a normal day.

Step 5

Write the following question on the board:

If you had an extra day in the week, what could you do?

Keep students in the same pairs and ask them to write down five things they think their partner would do if they had an extra day in the week.


Step 6

When they have finished writing their sentences they should read them to their partner, for example:

“If you had an extra day, I think you’d spend more time with your children.”

Their partner should say whether the sentence is right or not.


Step 7

Tell your students that they are going to watch a short film called Everyday in which a young couple imagine they had an extra day. Tell students they should watch the film and note down as many of the activities the young couple would do.

EVERYDAY from Gustav Johansson on Vimeo.


Step 8

Get feedback from the whole class and then ask students if they would do any of the activities on their extra day.



Tell students you would like them to write a composition which starts with the words:


If I had an extra day in the week I could …


I hope you enjoy this English language lesson.

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30 thoughts on “Everyday

  1. Hi kierandonaghy,I’m Italian for more precision Brescia, I study English and I find very interesting all your lessons and homework.
    Thank you very much indeed

  2. Thank you! I love Everyday. This lesson is a great way to introduce myself and learn about a new student when teaching individual conversation class.

  3. Great film! I used it for adults’ class…they loved it! I used it to teach some phrasal verbs as well THANKS!!!

  4. I am so overjoyed to have found your website! I have been searching for great media lesson plans to give me some ideas and yours are so interesting. Thank you for posting these.

  5. Our names are Candelaria, Gina and Carolina. We are from Argentina , (by the way, our country ismentioned in the video).This video was really helpful to our conversation class. Not only to improve English but also to remind us the importance of enjoying everyday life.

    Regards from Argentina!!

    Thanks a lot!!!

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