How do You Survive Your Commute?

How do You Survive Your Commute?

Commuting to work is a daily ritual for people every day.

It’s safe to say most people don’t enjoy commuting because it robs us from our friends, families and free time.

How do you feel about your daily commute to the office?

This ESL lesson will enhance your English conversation skills and offer tips on how to enjoy or commute.

Part I: Let’s Chat about the Photo

Daily Commute 2

1. What happened to her umbrella?

2. Do you think she’ll regain her balance?

3. How many gears would you say this bike has?

4. Where do you think she’s going?

5. Why is she the only cyclist on the path?

Part II: Take the Survey and Talk About It

1. What time do you usually leave for work?

  • 5 AM
  • 6 AM
  • 7 AM
  • 8 AM
  • After 9 AM

2. How do you commute to work?

  • By my car
  • By bus
  • By subway
  • By taxi
  • By train
  • Walk
  • Multiple modes of transportation

3. If you don’t drive, what activities do you engage in during your daily

  • Talk on the phone
  • Read the newspaper
  • Sleep
  • Listen to music
  • Study
  • Work
  • Watch TV
  • Something else

4. How long is your commute?

  • 15 minutes or less
  • 15-30 minutes
  • 30-45 minutes
  • 45-60 minutes
  • More than 60 minutes
  • 90 minutes or more

5. Do you try to leave earlier or later to shorten your commute?

  • Earlier
  • Later
  • Neither

6. What’s the parking situation like near your office?

  • It’s extremely expensive
  • There’s not enough space
  • It’s too far from my office
  • Other

7. Would you move closer to your office to shorten your commute?

  • Not likely
  • Perhaps

8. If you chose “not likely,” why?

  • A residence in that location is too expensive
  • A residence would be too small
  • There are not enough amenities
  • The schools are not good
  • Too far from my relatives
  • A different reason

9. Describe one of your worst commuting experiences?

10. How many times per month do you telecommute?

  • 3+ days per week
  • 2 days per week
  • 1 day per week
  • 1-3 times per month
  • Less than 1 day per month
  • Never

Part III: Share Your Opinions

Daily Commute

Discuss the Photo

1. What country would you say this is?

2. Why hasn’t the snow been shovelled?

3. Have most of the people gotten off the subway?

Discussion Activity

10 Factors Preventing Car Commuting

Assign a number between 1-10 beside each item below.

Select 1 for the “most influential factor” and 10 for the “least influential” factor preventing
people from driving to work every day (in your country).

Reach consensus with your instructor and peers through discussion.

• Traffic
• Weather
• Parking availability
• Driving confidence
• Insurance fees
• Personal safety
• Gas prices
• Vehicle sharing (family)
• Too tired to drive
• Parking far from office

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How do You Survive Your Commute?

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