Early Birds

Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on June 11, 2019 and last updated on May 13, 2023

Engaging in conversations about being an early bird and getting up early can help improve learners English skills in various ways.

Firstly, it provides an opportunity to develop vocabulary related to daily routines, sleep patterns and time management. Additionally, discussing the benefits and drawbacks of waking up early encourages learners to express their opinions, supporting the development of speaking and argumentation skills.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

What is an Early Bird?

An early bird is someone who wakes up early in the morning, before most people do. These people are known for being active and full of energy. Being an early bird usually means being productive and disciplined.

Early birds take advantage of the quiet mornings to do things like exercise, plan their day or work on their hobbies. They like starting their day feeling accomplished and ahead of others. Many people admire early birds because they know how to make the most of their time and get a lot done throughout the day.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • get up (phrasal verb)
  • wake up (phrasal verb)
  • early (adjective)
  • early bird (phrase)
  • night owl (phrase)
  • peaceful (adjective)
  • awake (adjective)

Conversation Questions

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  • Are you more of an early bird or a night owl?
  • Do you think it's better to be an early bird or a night owl?
  • What time do you usually wake up in the morning?
  • What are some benefits of waking up early?
  • How does waking up early affect your productivity and mood throughout the day?
  • What strategies do you use to motivate yourself to get out of bed early in the morning?
  • Should schools and workplaces have flexible schedules to accommodate different sleep patterns?
  • Do early birds achieve more success in their personal and professional lives?
  • How does technology, such as smartphones and social media, impact your ability to wake up early?
  • Does waking up early lead to a healthier lifestyle?
  • If you woke up early and had extra time in the morning, how would you make the most of it?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.