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Lesson 2: Timeframes
How long does it take to go to the top of Victoria Peak?

I can talk about how long something takes.

INTRODUCE

Knowing how long activities take can help you make a schedule more easily.

PRESENT

STEP A VOCABULARY

I. Listen and repeat.

get to [place]

get a [thing] license

go to the top

see everything

check in

check out

II. Which of the things above do you want to do during your next vacation?

III. Practice reading the words.

/tʃ/

/t/

check

tech

chop

top

chip

tip

STEP B GRAMMAR TIP

Use How long does it take to…? to ask how much time is necessary for something.

  • How long does it take to get to the hotel?
  • How long does it take to go to the top of the tower?

UNDERSTAND

SPEAKING

Saori and Catherine are going to Victoria Peak, a famous tourist spot in Hong Kong.

Saori:

I’m so excited to go to Victoria Peak!

Catherine:

Oh, you’ll love it! Let’s check in at the hotel and then go!

Saori:

Okay! How long does it take to check in?

Catherine:

Not long. Maybe ten or fifteen minutes. Then we can take the limousine from the hotel to the tram station.

Saori:

Is the tram station close? How long does it take to get to it?

Catherine:

Well, it’s a little far from our hotel. It takes about an hour. If you want, you can take a nap in the limousine.

Saori:

Okay. I’m a little sleepy. By the way, how long does it take to go to the top of Victoria Peak?

Catherine:

By tram, it takes only seven minutes.

TRIVIA

You can use exactly or about to talk about time. Use exactly to give a precise time and about to give an approximate time.

 

O It takes exactly 10 minutes. (no more, no less)

O It takes about 10 minutes. (maybe 9 minutes, maybe 11 minutes)

PRACTICE

STEP A EXERCISE

Change the sentences into questions.

ex. It takes about two hours to get to the park.

How long does it take to get to the park?

 

  1. It takes ten minutes to check out.
  2. It takes about an hour to see everything.
  3. It takes exactly thirty minutes to finish the tour.
  4. It takes four days to get a scuba diving license.

STEP B EXERCISE

Make questions with How long does it take…? using the pictures and words.

ex. drive to the resort

How long does it take to drive to the resort?

1. get to the airport

2. check in

3. go to the top

4. ride a bike to the park

CHALLENGE

Challenge 1

You’re on a three-day vacation at a resort. The resort is offering lessons on many activities.


Ask the receptionist about the following:

  • how long getting a scuba diving license takes
  • how long snorkeling lessons take

Today's grammar tip

  • How long does it take to...?

Challenge 2

Discuss your ideas.

If Time
Allows
1

TRAVELING FAR

2

GETTING A LICENSE

1

TRAVELING FAR

  1. Do you like to travel to far places?
  2. What's the farthest place that you traveled to before?
  3. How long did it take to get there?
  4. What did you do during the long travel time?

2GETTING A LICENSE

  1. What licenses do you have (ex. scuba diving license, driver’s license)?
  2. What license do you want to get (ex. teaching license, motorcycle license)?
  3. How long does it take to get a driver’s license in Japan?
  4. What licenses are difficult to get in Japan?

FEEDBACK

I can talk about how long something takes.

LESSON GOAL ACHIEVEMENT

  • 4
    Very Good

    Could complete the task with ease

  • 3
    Good

    Could complete the task with some clarifications

  • 2
    Fair

    Could complete the task with additional instructions

  • 1
    Poor

    Could somehow complete the task with difficulty

PERSONALIZED FEEDBACK

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