Do You Have a Traditional Family? An ESL Speaking Lesson

Do You Have a Traditional Family? An ESL Speaking Lesson

In our busy lives, it is more important than ever to make our families the center of our lives and the top of our priorities.

Our families provide a setting for much of the growth we experience in life. In our families we love, serve, teach, and learn from each other.

How often do you get together and spend quality time with your family?

Take this ESL lesson and learn more!

Part I: Let’s Chat about the Photo

Family 1

1. What kind of game are they playing?

2. Do you think the woman is pregnant?

3. How many “generations” are in this family?

4. Why is nobody sitting on the sofa?

5. What board games do you enjoy playing?

Part II: Take the Survey and Talk About It

1. How many people are in your immediate family?

  • 2-3
  • 4-5
  • 6-7
  • 8-10
  • 10 +

2. Are you the youngest, middle, or oldest child?

3. How many brothers and sisters do you have?

  • Brothers
  • Sisters

4. What do your parents do for a living?

  • Mother
  • Father

5. What kind of jobs did your grandparents have?

  • Grandmother
  • Grandfather

6. How often do you get together with your extended family? (cousins, aunts, uncles)

  • Once a week
  • Once a month
  • Once a year
  • Seldom

7. What town or city is your family originally from?

8. What pressures do you have from your family? (choose all that apply)

  • Study hard
  • Get married
  • Go to church
  • Get a part-time job
  • Go to university
  • Take care of siblings
  • Take care of parents/grandparents
  • Volunteer in the community
  • Do chores
  • Take care of your appearance
  • Other

9. What activities do you do with your family? (choose the 3 most frequent)

  • Going out to dinner
  • Going to the park
  • Watching TV
  • Going to the movies
  • Playing video games
  • Shopping
  • Playing sports or games
  • Something else

10. Tell us about a family vacation or trip you once took?

Part III: Share Your Opinions


Discuss the Photo

1. How many people do you see?

2. What’s underneath these people?

3. Who’s on the bottom of the “people pile”?

4. Do they look like a family? Why or why not?

More Discussion

5. How do you feel about adoption?

6. Do you know someone who is adopted?

7. Do you think a couple should be able to adopt a child of another race?

8. How much does it cost to adopt a child?

9.Would you consider adopting someday (regardless of whether you could have biological children)?

10.Who do you believe interracial adoption benefits the most – the children, parents, or both?

Did you enjoy this ESL Lesson? 


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