Get to know the neighbours

Use this lesson in online or face-to-face delivery with lower level adults and teenagers to develop fluency skills and review adjectives of personality.

Introduction

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.

Aims:

  • 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

Age/level:

Adults and teenagers with minimum CEF level A2

Time:

50 - 60 minutes

Materials:

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

  • Face-to-face materials developed by Rachael Roberts
  • Online teaching materials developed by Danish Abdullah

Important: Please read

To support teachers having to work online during the COVID-19 pandemic, this lesson has been adapted for teachers providing online classes. The lesson notes are specifically for online lessons and the class materials have been made available as a PowerPoint.

Included in the teachers' notes, there is guidance and advice for what teachers need to know and do before and at the beginning of an online class. Please read the lesson instructions carefully before using them. They are for guidance only, and designed to be used with the most common online platforms. You may need to adapt the lesson to the format and online platform you are working with.

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Comments

Submitted by Zuzana Hrubjakova on Mon, 08/15/2016 - 15:15

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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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Hello There isn't any audio for this activity, as there is no listening input. You can find all the instructions for how the activity works in the Teachers notes above. I hope that helps, Best wishes, Cath TE Team

Submitted by Jason Jixun M… on Mon, 02/20/2017 - 10:21

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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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