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Houseswap/Rooms to Let
Elementary level


In this lesson, students will use the dictogloss technique to learn how prepositions are used in describing houses. Students will describe their own houses and swap their "house" with another student.


Abc Paper
Abc Useful Language

Main Aims

  • To integrate many skills when describing houses.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide practice of language used for prepositions of places in the context of describing houses.


Seat Change (5 minutes) • To effectively and quickly change students seats so that they have new groups for later group activities.

First ask students to think about when their birthday is. Teacher writes theirs on board. Have January birthday students stand up and line up. Do this with every month. Split into groups of 4 or 5. Have students sit at new tables.

Dictogloss (12 minutes) • To have students practice listening, writing, and speaking skills while listening to the teachers description of her/his house.

Tell students to simply listen to your pre-prepared description. Read the description. Tell students to take notes on what they hear and read again. Students then turn to group and reconstruct your text focusing on the language you used. Have each group read what they have written.

Feedback/Useful Language (8 minutes) • To see students progress and put them in the right direction by correcting their language.

Ask students what similarities where in every groups writing piece. Write on board students ideas. Ask "When buying a house, what information would you want to know?". If they have immediate ideas, write on board. If not, give the example "How big?". Once you feel they have many ideas flowing, introduce useful language on page 33 of Straightforward Book. Try to elicit this language first.

Houseswap Activity (12 minutes) • To have students practice writing about their own house and try to swap their own house with another students.

Explain to students that they are going to write about their own home using the useful language. Have students write on a half-sheet of paper for about 5 minutes. Once they've finished, explain that they are going to walk around and try to find a house to swap with. Demonstrate by reading yours to a student in the class and swap papers. Use "No, thanks" and "Yes, ok" to show that they are to negotiate. They must talk to at least 3 people before swapping papers. Once they've swapped, have them sit in their seat. Teacher takes notes during this activity.

General Feedback (3 minutes) • To go over general errors in the class.

Teacher looks at errors that need correcting and one by one the errors by asking other students "what's wrong?".

Class Vote (5 minutes) • To have students vote on the best house and to hear why the swapped with the house they swapped with.

Nominate 4 or 5 students to share what they liked about the house they swapped with. Ask if their was a class favorite- have them vote. Praise students on good work.

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