This lesson for adults and teenagers is designed to develop fluency skills.

Rachael Roberts


Students are led through a series of activities to create profiles for imaginary characters who live in the same neighbourhood. The lesson then brings these characters together at a neighbourhood party, where students can practice asking and answering simple questions about work, family, hobbies and so on.

As well as developing spoken fluency, there are opportunities to expand vocabulary (personality adjectives) and some useful questions for making small talk.


  • To develop a set of adjectives to describe personality
  • To raise awareness of what kind of questions are socially acceptable
  • To teach a set of useful ‘small talk’ questions
  • To encourage students to be creative and imaginative
  • To build spoken fluency


Adults and teenagers with minimum CEF level A2


50 - 60 minutes


Teachers notes and student worksheets can be downloaded below in PDF format.

Find out more about speaking activities to develop fluency in our teacher development module Understanding speaking – key terms and issues.



I liked this activity so much, I did with the adults and students either. Thanks for making my lessons more interesting.

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1. I thought this plan would be work well in a community both in the reality or online. But, it needs a brave organiser and needs some residents who can have spare time of their own.
2. Nowadays, life rhythm is so busy that everyone is almost sealed in their own can. I thought neighbourhood online or on smart phone would be a good solution. You knew, depending on different conditions and some reasons, someone you would only meet in your past and could not directly see again. In this case, you can develop or keep a neighbourhood on your phone - sharing your experiences of cooking or celebrating holidays.
3. You can also keep on learning from each other through emails, for certain purpose, and for both your own heart's peacefulness.
I thought those above are some new pathways up to date. We can try to bring some good elements into our own organisations. Adults, somehow, should learn from our children, and direct expressions would get away some heart barriers and shoot out willing for communications.

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