A house to feel at home in (describing houses)

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Vocabulary for describing houses

Video 1 (Barbara's house)

Video 2 (Jasmine and Nick's house)


With this lesson plan, you’ll teach students some useful vocabulary for describing houses. They will also watch two videos and speak about their dream houses.

C1 / Advanced60 minFlipped LessonPrintable & Digital$12 Plan

This is a Flipped Classroom lesson plan. In a nutshell, it means that first part of the lesson needs to be done by students at home. Learn more about flipped classroom and how we implement it in those lesson plans in our post.


The pre-class part includes two vocabulary exercises in which students will learn words for describing houses. First, students get some meanings and guess the names for the interior and exterior parts of a house. To make it a bit easier for them, the first letter of each word has been provided. Then, they move to the second task and have to read two short descriptions of some houses. Their task is to find adjectives in the texts and match them to the correct meanings.



The in-class worksheet starts with a short discussion about different houses and includes vocabulary that students were supposed to learn before the class. They also have to imagine and describe their perfect houses. Before this question, you can elicit various structures for expressing preference from your students: I’d rather, I’d prefer to, etc.

Video & Describing Houses

The listening comprehension part consists of two exercises. First, students watch two videos about two different houses and they need to mark which sentences given refer to which house. After checking the answers, students move to another task. This time they watch both videos and they have to find some words in each of them. Next, students work in pairs. One person should describe the house from video 1 and the other person the house from video 2. Encourage them to use the vocabulary in the box (all the words and phrases that they’ve learnt and might be useful when describing these houses). If necessary you can allow students to watch the videos again. Finally, students say whether they like the houses from the videos as well discuss some quotes from these videos.



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  1. Thanks, I really enjoyed teaching this lesson! We didn´t manage to finish it all in one lesson but it will give us an opportunity to review some vocab next week. I have a lot of students who work in property management so this is a really useful resource for us.


    1. Hi, Claudia! I’m really happy that this lesson came in handy! If you have any ideas for lesson plans that your students might benefit from, email me 😊


  2. Awesome class! In the pre-class activities, where were the description of the two houses taken from or are they original? Also, are there pictures of the spaces described?


    1. Thanks! Actually, these descriptions come from my head, so no pictures yet 😉


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