Activity 16: Rent My Apartment

▶ Duration:  25–30 min
▶ Aim:  Oral fluency practice; apartment vocabulary
▶ Summary:  Students describe their family's apartment to a potential tenant (ie another student).

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This is a simple interview-style activity. Students work in pairs, with one asking questions about an apartment for lease and the other answering according to their family's actual home. Students are provided with a table to fill in, which should help give some stucture to the interview.

Make enough copies of the worksheet (two copies fit on one B5 sheet) so that every student can receive one: apartment_survey.doc (html preview).

Brainstorm the things you should ask if you are inquiring about an apartment for rent, and write the ideas on the blackboard. For example: size, number of rooms, location (such as the distance to shops, schools, public transport, etc), the neighbourhood (is it quiet? safe?), furniture, central heating, air-conditioning, rent, deposit, length of lease.

Optionally, give some sentence patterns for asking these questions and drill them. In fact, the questions required are not very difficult, so this step probably isn't necessary with most classes.

Pretend that you have offered your family's home for rent, and invite the students to ask you questions about it. Answer according to your family's real home (if you come from a different country, then hopefully this will capture the students' curiosity).

It would be a good idea to ham this up, like a salesperson putting a positive spin on everything and talking up the special features of the property. At the end, arrange a time when the class can come for an inspection of the house! Turning the conversation into a roleplay in this way, and encouraging the students to do the same when they work in pairs, might make the dialogues a bit more interesting.

Draw a copy of the worksheet on the blackboard, very quickly explaining the headings as you write them (Location, Description, Facilities, Special Features, and Lease). Elicit some of the facts which you just told about your family's home, and write them in the correct places as a demonstration.

Hand out the sheets and let the activity begin.

A possible way to lead into this activity would be a quick class discussion on whether the students would rather live in an apartment instead of the school dormitories, and the pros and cons of the issue.
Rating: 4 stars

Not the most exciting topic in the world, but this activity is still quite motivating, being communicative and personalised.

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28.11.2005 , 17:14