Is micro living the future?

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Vocabulary - design and building

vocabulary related to design and building


With this architecture lesson plan students learn and practise vocabulary related to design and building. They also engage in a project and design a micro apartment.

C1 / Advanced
C2 / Proficiency
60 minStandard LessonUnlimited Plan


The lesson starts with a discussion about different types of accommodation in which the definition of ‘micro living’ is introduced. After the warm-up, students read a quotation about the role of architecture in the future and answer two questions about it. The following task pre-teaches them some words related to building construction which they’ll later hear in a video. Students read nine definitions and match them with the words they describe, provided in a box (e.g. timber, insulation, scaffolding).


In the second part of the lesson students practise listening for specific information. They watch the video and make notes about OPod, an architectural design by James Law. Afterwards, they engage in a discussion about the content of the video, relate it to their own lives and share opinions. The next task focuses on the sentences that  students analyse and try to figure out the meaning of the highlighted verbs used to talk about design and building (e.g. upcycle, refurbish, kit out). Then, they study the verbs again, explain the differences between them and look for synonyms. Next, they agree or disagree with another quote by the architect interviewed in the video and move on to the final task of the lesson – project work. They work in small groups and have to imagine they’re going to design a micro apartment. Choosing from the given spaces and materials and trying to use the language related to design and building, students discuss their ideas and later present their finished projects to the class.



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  1. Silvia Bertelli

    What an amazing lesson! Thanks for sharing it!

    1. Leanne

      Thanks so much! I hope your students enjoyed it 🙂

  2. pallavi2392

    extremely useful

  3. maiterj

    Excellent lesson! I added a matching exercise (pre viewing) with the following words and the corresponding pictures:

    fluorescent tubes ( )
    concrete water pipe ( )
    insulation ( )
    scaffolding ( )
    shelving system ( )

    Hope it can be useful! Thanks for sharing it!

    1. Leanne

      Great idea! Glad to hear it was useful for you.

  4. annabeaingles

    That’s perfect! I do have an arquitect as a student and I was looking for a material like this!

    1. Leanne

      Ah, that’s great! Happy to hear it’s useful for you.

  5. Lubomír Sakmáry

    I bought Premium account… after that I have found out that it is for Unlimited account… sorry, I am not paying more money.. I am just a poor teacher. Thanks! This lesson looks very interesting and I would love to use it in my class

    1. Stan

      Sorry to hear that! The Premium plan gives access to 50% of our lessons but you can’t choose which lessons you will have access to. The easiest way to only see the lesson available in the Premium plan is to use the filters on our Lesson Search page.

  6. chantalmcgowan

    This was a great lesson. My students really enjoyed it. Thank you!

    1. Leanne

      Happy to hear that! Thank you 🙂

  7. Inglês com Felipe

    Great lesson! You’re such a talented teacher. Thanks for sharing it 🙂

    1. Leanne

      Thanks so much for your feedback! Happy to hear you liked this one 🙂

  8. HiImMikeEnglish

    We need more lessons like this on here! Great work!

    1. Stan

      Glad that you liked it! 😊

  9. Andrew Gill

    You will live in ze pods and you will eat ze boogs


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