B2 Houses 60


This ESL material is based on a short video entitled “This Couple Lives In A Bus To Escape Chicago’s High Cost Of Living”. As the title of the video suggests, it is connected with less conventional alternatives to buying a house which are cheaper, but still amazing. The video comes from a great YouTube channel called Stories which is full of short videos on unusual places, people and cultures. Get inspired and find there something to use as part of your ESL material!


Our worksheet consists of a few tasks. Firstly, students will learn some idioms and fixed phrases which include words home and house. They have to choose the correct word to make idioms and then match idioms to their meanings. Next, they also have the chance to speak in pairs about issues containing the idioms from the previous exercise.


Moreover, before watching the video, there is a short discussion on general statements concerning housing such as Airbnb, living with parents or mortgages. When it comes to the video, there are two tasks based on it. First, students need to answer comprehension questions and then fill in the gaps in the sentences from the video. At the end, they can talk about their personal opinions on this alternative to buying their own house or flat.


There is also an extra task, which you can use for warm-up, that focuses on comparing different places of living. It’s a nice way of revising some vocabulary that might be useful in the next exercises from this lesson plan. 

Idioms with home and house
Listening for general and specific information
Discussion / Pair-work







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  1. The lesson was very interesting, thanks. Good topic to discuss. But these two could spend their 9K dollars on 3-4 years leaving in Thai, instead, heh. There are a great bunch of americans and englishmans.


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