What is your dream home?

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Vocabulary - describing homes

describing homes

LESSON OVERVIEW

In this lesson students talk about their dream homes, revise vocabulary for describing homes and put it into practice through various speaking activities.

A2 / Pre‐Intermediate45 minStandard LessonFree / Premium Plan

VOCABULARY FOR DESCRIBING HOMES

The lesson starts with a matching exercise in which students revise different types of homes. They match them with their definitions (e.g. cottage, detached house) and also come up with two missing definitions. Afterwards, they work in pairs and, using some language for expressing opinions (e.g. I think, I suppose), they discuss the advantages and disadvantages of living in three chosen types of homes. The next activity invites students to use their imagination and decide which aspects they would prioritise while buying or building their dream home. They look at a list, choose five and give reasons why (eg. price, big size).

VIDEO & DESCRIBING HOMES

The second part of the lesson starts with a short video in which people describe their dream homes. Students look at a list of aspects discussed before and tick the ones mentioned by the speakers in the video. Then, they engage in a discussion about their personal preferences regarding a dream home. The next exercise gives students an opportunity to learn even more vocabulary for describing homes. They analyse another box with words and classify them into four categories: size, description, amenities and location. The following exercises provide students with oral practice of the language learnt in the lesson. First, they look at four photos of different homes and describe them. Then, they exchange opinions on different aspects of living in these types of homes. Finally, focusing on six given aspects, such as views or location, students reflect on their own dream homes and share opinions with partners.

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  1. Aini Nafisah

    It is a great lesson. It doesn’t teach us how to use functional language, but it also gives us knowledge of what kind of houses people could live in America. As an Indonesian, I do not have many types of houses here. It would be wonderful if you give an illustration or some pictures to the example of the houses so that we get the visualization or better image of how they are.

    1. Stan

      Interesting point! I think we assumed that it is obvious what these types of accomodation look like and decided not to include pictures. After reading your message, I realized that these actually might be helpful. Let’s fix it! Find the house images at eslbrains.com/dream-houses

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