Let’s take a tour of your house. In this lesson, you will learn how to explain the layout of your house and also describe what objects are in some of the rooms. You will also be able to describe the positions of things in the house.
By the end of the class, you will have:
Difficulty: White Belt and above
MODEL: Describe My House
At the moment, I live in an apartment in Seville, Spain.
It’s a three-bedroom place with two bathrooms, a living room, and a kitchen.
It’s a three-bedroom flat with two bathrooms, a living room, and a kitchen.
It’s a three-bedroom apartment with two bathrooms, a living room, and a kitchen.
I’ve actually converted one of the bedrooms into my office, so we have two bedrooms, and an office.
Let me take you through my house.
Let me show you around my house. (normally for speaking)
When you walk in the front door, you will see the living room immediately on the right and the kitchen on the left. In the living room, we have a sofa on the back wall and a table in front of the sofa. My big chair is next to the sofa at the end of the table. There is a TV directly across from the sofa at the other end of the room. There are, of course, decorations on the walls. There are paintings and other items hanging on my walls from different parts of the world, and there is also a long mirror on one of the walls. When you walk down the hall, you will come to our master bedroom on the left, and the kids’ bedroom on the right. The last door on the left is my office, and at the end of the hall is a bathroom. Our other bathroom is attached to the master bedroom. We are on the second floor, so there are stairs and an elevator to get up to our apartment, but our apartment is only one story, so there are no stairs inside the house. In a future lesson, I will describe different rooms in detail. Now, I look forward to hearing about your house.
Review these vocabulary words and expressions to describe positions of things. It will be helpful for you to learn these expressions together in groups. (Ex. Instead of learning "across" learn "across from" or even "directly across from".)
Take notes about the following words so you can understand the meaning. Use context, dictionary definitions, synonyms, explanations, example sentences, pictures, or any other creative way to learn the new words and phrases. NOTE: Please do NOT use your language to understand the concept.
A three-bedroom place – “Place” can be used for “house or home”
To convert (v) -
Directly across from -
At the other end (of) -
The last door on the left -
At the end of the hall -
Attached to -
FLUENCY BUILDERS and EXPRESSIONS
These expressions will help you sound more fluent. Brainstorm and see how you can use these in your presentation.
At the moment…
Let me take you through…
Let me show you around.
You will see…
When you walk down the hall...
Look forward to -
‘There is/ There are’ are used to describe that something is in an area. The difference between these two are whether you’re talking about countable or uncountable nouns and singular or plural nouns.
There is – used for singular countable and uncountable nouns
There are – used for plural countable nouns
There aren’t any
Is there a/an…?
Are there any…?
Put the following nouns in the correct column. (Think about how you would say them in a sentence to help you.)
money luggage bread bag note mail
food shower opinion advantage advice work
job homework assignment information photograph painting
There are some common uncountable nouns that can be used as countable nouns as well.
Coffee People Truth Hair Pizza
Let’s try some more:
Uncountable – The drink in general. “I make coffee in the morning.”
Countable – A specific cup of coffee. “Do you want a coffee?”
Countable (without ‘s’) – Plural of person. “There are many people in the theater.”
Countable (with ‘s’) – Plural of people groups. “Different peoples in history had their social breakthroughs.”
Uncountable – Generally speaking. “There is a lot of truth in what you’re saying.”
Countable – Codes. “There are two truths that I like to live by in life.”
Uncountable – Talking about hair in general. “She has a lot of hair.”
Countable – Individual hairs. “Homer Simpson has three hairs on his head.”
Uncountable – The food in general. “We ate a lot of pizza at the party.”
Countable – An entire pizza. “There are 3 pizzas on the table. Help yourself.”
Uncountable – Broken pieces. “Be careful, there is a lot of glass on the floor.”
Countable – Drinking glasses. “There are four of us, so set four glasses out.”
Uncountable – Hours and minutes. “Relax, we have a lot of time left.”
Countable – Number of repeated things “When I was little, I watched The Karate Kid a hundred times.”
Choose 12 words from the list above and write sentences or questions using “There is (not)/ There are (not)”. Note:
Sentences – There are…/ There aren't any...
Questions – Are there…?/ Are there any…?
YOUR TASK: Describe Your House
Now it’s your turn to describe your house. Write at least eight sentences to describe your house in detail. Use ‘there is/there are’ correctly as well as alternative ways to say them in your presentation.
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