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)

LESSON OVERVIEW

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 LessonUnlimited Plan

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

PRE-CLASS ACTIVITIES

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.

IN-CLASS ACTIVITIES

Discussion

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.

WORKSHEETS

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  1. Claudia Roberts

    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. Justa

      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. gfrimm

    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. Justa

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

  3. Marcin Ratajczyk

    Loved it!

  4. Your London Tutor

    You do a fantastic job with the website. I have used many of the lesson plans as they are all based on interesting subjects and are well put together. This particular plan, though, is my favourite. The videos were beautiful and the worksheet stimulated lots of conversation. I also did a follow up writing task in which they describe a place they have stayed in that took their breath away.

    Would it be possible to include more grammar in future advanced worksheets, please?

    1. Justa

      Thank you so much for your feedback! I’m thrilled you like the worksheet and I must admit I love these videos too 🙂
      When it comes to more grammar, sure, we’ll think about it as there are a lot of important grammatical points to teach advanced students.

  5. Magster

    when you say work in pairs, what about one to one lessons?

    1. Stan

      In many cases pair work can be done with you (as a teacher) taking the role of your student’s partner. It actually can be beneficial as you bring more interaction into your classes and you can model some language structures for your student. Here you have a post-listening activity where students are supposed to describe the houses they saw in the videos. What I’d do is to ask my student to select and describe one of the houses shown and if I felt it’d be challenging task for my student, I’d first describe the other one myself to show the student how these words could be used.

  6. hana.beraki

    Thank you for this lesson, my students enjoyed it a lot!

  7. oliaznk

    I absolutely love this lesson cause of the overall aesthetic and the vocab is also great!

    1. Justa

      Thank you 💚

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