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Modes Of Transportation ESL Lesson

How I Get Around My City (ft. NYC)

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Video Length: 0:57

Updated on: 05/31/2024

Lesson Time: 1–2 hrs.

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Modes Of Transportation ESL Lesson Description


This ESL lesson on modes of transportation provides activities, PDF worksheets, and digital materials designed for beginner A1 students. In this lesson, students will:

  • Learn some vocabulary related to common types of transportation
  • Discuss questions and various topics related to transportation
  • Take a short quiz about transportation in New York City
  • Watch a video about how a man named Phil gets around New York City
  • Study adverbs of frequency (such as “always”, “sometimes”, and “never”)
  • Use these adverbs of frequency to talk about types of transportation they use


To start off this ESL lesson on modes of transportation, students will match different modes of transportation with corresponding images.

They'll then dive into discussing various transportation-related questions, such as their preferred means of getting around. They also talk about the necessity of cars in their areas.

Finally, they'll test their knowledge with a quiz on transportation in New York City (NYC). This adds an element of fun and challenge to their learning experience.


The lesson progresses with students watching a video. It features a man named Phil who shows how to get around New York City.

There are some questions about what Phil is doing in the video and what he says about public transit in New York City.

Then, there are some statements based on Phil’s ideas. Students choose the correct words they hear Phil use in these statements.

Moreover, they'll identify specific elements seen in the video, like Citi Bikes, yellow cabs, and bike paths in New York City. This is illustrated through 5 images, and students must choose the three they see in the video after watching it again.


Post-video, students will explore more questions about their transportation preferences. They discuss whether they might like to try the Citi Bikes in NYC or not. They also can talk about the availability of bike paths in their own local areas.

They'll also assess using adverbs of frequency in a conversational dialogue. In the dialogue, two characters use several adverbs of frequency. Then, based on this short dialogue, students choose the correct options regarding the rules of use for these adverbs. They complete some sentences using them. These include adverbs of frequency such as:

  • always
  • often
  • sometimes
  • rarely
  • never

The sentences featured in this part of the lesson plan are all focused on how to get around a city, town, local area and modes of transportation. This allows students to practice important vocabulary while also using adverbs of frequency.


In this tasked-based, communicative activity titled "How Do You Get Around?", students engage in a three-step interactive exercise to discuss and compare their methods of transportation.

In the first step, students describe their modes of transportation using adverbs of frequency under images representing common types of transportation such as cars, buses, subways, walking, rideshare services like Uber, and bikes.

Then, in the second step, students work in pairs, with one student asking questions about the frequency of transportation usage and the other providing answers and reasons for their choices.

Finally, in the third step, students compare their transportation habits with their partner's to identify similarities and differences in their modes of getting around.


Teaching Useful Words:

This lesson introduces practical words about transportation that students can actually use in their daily lives.

Real Life Relevance:

This lesson gives students the chance to talk about how they get around their cities. This helps connect their learning to their everyday experiences.

Engaging Video:

Students will watch a video showing how a man gets around New York City, which allows them to hear English being used in action in the real world.

Practicing Speaking:

Through activities focused on discussing transportation, students get to practice speaking English. It's a chance for them to express themselves and build confidence.

Interactive Learning:

With group and pair activities, students can learn from each other and have fun while doing it. This creates an engaging and supportive learning environment.

Video Description

Phil shows you the most common ways to get around New York City, in addition to his favorite — the Citi Bike. He'll show you some beautiful views of the Hudson River and the city along the route!

Lesson Activities


Modes of Transportation, Getting Around


Short Answers, Word Choice, Quiz Check


Modes of Transportation


Adverbs of Frequency


How Do You Get Around? Communicative Task, Quiz & Review, Lesson Reflection

Lesson Topics

Modes of Transportation, Getting Around

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