Housing - English Template, Intermediate Low

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In this lab, students will discuss where they live, the furniture they have in their home, and where one might be able to shop for certain household items. Students will learn how to describe furniture, housing, and useful household items. Students will also express opinions about furniture and where they prefer to live. 

Proficiency Level:

Intermediate low


House, home, bedroom, kitchen, living room

NSSCFL-ACTFL World-Readiness Standards:

  • Standard 1.1 Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.
  • Standard 1.2 Students understand and interpret spoken and written (target culture) on a variety of topics.
  • Standard 1.3 Students present information, concepts, and ideas in (target culture) to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.

Idaho State World Language Standards:

  • COMM 1.1 - Interact and negotiate meaning (spoken, signed, written conversation) to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions
  • COMM 2.1 - Understand, interpret, and analyze what is heard, read, or viewed on a variety of topics.
  • COMM 3.1 - Present information, concepts, and ideas to inform, explain, persuade, and narrate on a variety of topics using appropriate media in the target language.
  • COMP 2.1 - Identify, describe and compare/contrast products and their use in the target culture with the learner’s culture.

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can interact to share ideas about where I would prefer to live and why
  • I can exchange information about the types of furniture and decoration styles I prefer
  • In my own and other cultures, I can identify locations to buy something and how culture affects where people shop

Materials Needed:


1. Begin by introducing the Can-Dos for today’s activity and opening the Google Slideshow.

2. Put the students into pairs to talk about these questions.

1. Do you live with roommates or do you live with your family?

2. Do you like to decorate your house? Do you have a specific style?

3. What is the most expensive furniture in your house? 

3. We are going to talk about important department stores in the Spanish-speaking world. 

Corte Ingles is a great department store that is very popular in Spain. It has a lot of floors and includes a restaurant and a cafeteria. Can you think of a similar store in the United States or your country? An example could be Nordstrom or Bloomingdales. Target is a less expensive example.

This department store is called Éxito. Something interesting about this department store is that it is in some malls. It has everything - food ,furniture, clothes, technology, and car accessories

Here we have another example of a great department store. It’s called Liverpool. It is not a store from England, it’s from Mexico! It has more than 150 years of history. 

Main Activity

1. Read the following scenarios to your students: Put the students into pairs to talk about the scenario. They have a budget in each situation. Make sure to tell them to use all their money.

Scenario 1:Your sibling's wedding is in Spain next week. You're very happy for the new couple and you want to buy them a gift from the store "El Cortes Inglés" for their new home. 

Scenario 2: Your mom is in Mexico. She is turning 50 years old next week and you want to buy her a special gift from the store "Liverpool" for her new stage in her life. What will you buy her?

Scenario 3: You moved into a new apartment with your best friend and you are both very excited to decorate it.  


Ask students the following questions to finish the lab: 

Have you ever bought expensive furniture for your house? What did you buy and where?

What is your favorite furniture store? Why do you like that place?

Have you ever been to a store in a different country?

End of lab:

• Read Can-Do statements once more and have students evaluate their confidence. 
(Use thumbs up/thumbs down or download our student cards.) 
• Encourage students to be honest in their self-evaluation.
• Pay attention, and try to use feedback for future labs!

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can interact to share ideas about where I would prefer to live and why
  • I can exchange information about the types of furniture and decoration styles I prefer
  • In my own and other cultures, I can identify locations to buy something and how culture affects where people shop

Helpful vocabulary:

  •  Blender: 
  • Pans: 
  • Mixer: 
  • Vacuum: 
  • Kitchen Utensils:
  • Lamp: 
  • Toaster: 
  • Iron:
  • Coffeemaker: 
  • Couch/sofa: 
  • Washing machine: 
  • Microwave: 
  • Dining table: 
  • Stove: 
  • Refrigerator: 
  • Laptop: 
  • Lounge chair: 
  • Bed: 
  • Television: 
  • Grill: 
  • Bean bag: 
  • Chair: 

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