Your Life will Change If You Live Abroad – ESL Lesson

Your Life will Change If You Live Abroad – ESL Lesson

There are many reasons why you should consider living abroad if you have the chance. However, living abroad isn’t for everyone.

It takes a very unique person to leave their family and friends and relocate to a foreign country, learn a new culture and language.

Do you think you could live the expat lifestyle – even for just a year?

This lesson will develop your English conversation skills and help you learn narrow down what countries you’d most like to live abroad in for 1 year.

Part I: Let’s Chat about the Photo

Living Abroad 2

1. What country are they in?

2. How can you tell they’re a couple?

3. Are they about to cross the street?

4. Where do you think they’re planning to go?

5. Who do you think has a better sense of direction?

Part II: Take the Survey and Talk About It

1. Have you experienced living in a foreign country?

Yes, I have.
No, I haven’t.

2. If you said “yes” to question #1 what was your best impression of that country?

The food
The people
The scenery
The lifestyle
Something else

3. If you said “yes” to question #1 what were your 2 biggest challenges living there?

The language
The culture
Local food
The transportation
The service levels
Making friends
Personal safety
Doing my job
My studies
Cost of living
Living space
Something else

4. If you said “yes” to question #1, when you returned to your home country what was hardest thing to adapt to?

Office culture
Cost of living
Living Space
Something else

5. If you said “no” to question #1, then imagine you were to live in a foreign country for 1 year, what do you think would be your biggest challenge??

Making friends
The food
Personal safety
Local language
Living space
Something else

6. Do you know someone who has worked or studied abroad?

Yes, I do
No, I don’t

7. What companies in your country offer employees the chance to study or work abroad?

8. Would you allow your son or daughter to attend a university alone in a foreign country?


9. Would you allow your middle school child to participate in a homestay/school program in a foreign country for 1 or more years?

Yes, of course.
No, I don’t think it’s a good idea.
It really depends.

10. In reality, few of us can work or study abroad.However, it’s important to have an international perspective.Developing friendships with expats in your own country is a good idea, but how? Which of the following ideas are you comfortable pursuing, if any?

Initiate a conversation in the street
Attend international events
Offer to teach them your language
Connect with expats in your company
Another idea

Part III: Share Your Opinions

Living Abroad 1

Discussion Activity

Rank these possible countries below between 1 – 10 in order of preference among individuals in your country planning to live abroad for 3 years.

Select 1 for the “most preferred” country then down through 10 for the “least preferred” country. Try to reach consensus with your instructor and classmates through discussion.

10 Countries
  • Japan
  • Canada
  • Hong Kong
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • South Africa
  • China
  • USA
  • Singapore
  • United Kingdom

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