10 “Nice to Haves” in Your Home – ESL Speaking Lesson
Everyone deserves to be a home owner.
How would you describe your house or apartment? Is it comfortable and convenient or would you prefer someplace else?
This ESL lesson will improve your English and explore the reasons behind why people choose to live where they do.
Part I: Let’s Chat about the Photo
1. How many stories is this home?
2. Does it have a single, double, or triple car garage?
3. How many bedrooms would you guess it has?
4. Would you say this house is in the city or the suburbs?
5. What do you think of the home design and landscaping?
Part II: Take the Survey and Talk About It
1. In what type of residence do you live?
- Walk up (3-4 story)
- Hotel residence
- A different dwelling
2. How many people live in your home?
- Just me
- Just my roommate(s) and me
- My spouse and me
- My spouse, kids and me
- My spouse, kids, my parent(s) and me
- My spouse, kids, my wife’s parent(s) and me
- A different combination of occupants
3. What do you like most about where you live? Choose all that apply.
- Parks and recreation
- The schools
- The amenities
- The neighbours
- Close proximity to work
- Close to public transportation
- Something else
4. What do you LEAST like about where you live? Choose all that apply.
- Not enough amenities
- Schools are mediocre
- Lack of space
- Annoying neighbours
- Too much noise
- Far from work
- House maintenance issues
- Something different
5. Do you have security in your home?
6. How many air conditioners do you have in your home?
7. What’s parking like near your home?
- It’s terrible
- It meets our basic needs
- It couldn’t be better
8. How many times have you moved in the past 5 years?
- 1 time
- 2 times
- 3 times
- 4 times
- More than 4 times
9. Do you plan to move from your current residence?
10. Describe your “ideal” home. Assume you could live anywhere in your country and work remotely.
Part III: Share Your Opinions
Discuss the Photo
1. How many feet deep do you think the pool is?
2. Do you think this house has a basement or garage?
3. What would you change to this house or property if you were to buy it?
Imagine your employer will transfer you to Phoenix, Arizona to work in their branch office for 3 years. Because of the length of this assignment you’re allowed to bring your family.
The first thing to do once arriving there is to search for a rental home. Luckily, you’ve narrowed down your “nice to haves” below.
Assuming you could only choose 5 “nice to haves”, which 5 would you they be?
Compare your choices with your instructor and peers and discuss reasons why.
10 Nice to Haves in Your Home
- Hardwood floors
- Stainless steel appliances
- Home security
- Central air conditioning
- Swimming pool
- Double garage
- Walk in closets
- Whirlpool bathtub
- Backyard patio or deck