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Get to know the neighbours

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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.


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.

  • 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.

Language level
Language Level: 
Pre-intermediate: A2