Lesson Plan


A Place to Live
Patricia Allingham

Student Characteristics and Level:   High intermediate to advanced English language learners in a 3 night, 2.5 hour evening program. 

A.  Instructional goals:  The students will be able to apply for housing and design a household budget.

B.  Competencies/Objectives:  Students will Ö

1.  Read housing ads.
2.  Identify and select appropriate housing.
3.  Create a list of housing needs.
4.  Interpret and fill out a leasing or rental agreement.
5.  Identify utilities and arrange for installation.
6.  Calculate and determine a budget.
7.  Write a letter of complaint to a building superintendent.

C.  Academic Skills:

  • Reading-to interpret information on housing.

  • Writing-to fill out forms related to housing.

  • Computing-to establish a budget.

D.  Rationale:  Students need basic knowledge for renting house or an apartment including utilities, housing contracts and household budgets.  As a life skill this will help them to ask the right questions and be successful in fulfilling their housing needs. 

E.  Content and Materials, Sites, Games, Activity:

o   Crossroads 4 Unit 7  (New interchange Unit 3 or Step Forward 4 pg153-157.

o   Classified ads from newspaper.

o   Websites with ads and practice housing vocabulary:  www.eslteacherboard.com or www.frbsf.org/publications/education/newsletter/summero6/lessonplan_jobskills.pdf

o   Game-board game where students ask questions about utilities, location, pets, number of bedrooms etc.

F.  Instructional Procedures:

  • Identify prior housing problems as a whole group.

  • Compare housing in the United States and in your country.

  • Create a list of housing needs in a small group.

  • Discuss basic conditions for renting an apartment as whole group generated from the small group discussion

  • Read the classified ads and select a house or apartment that fits your needs.

  • Create a list of words or abbreviations not understood from the ads.

  • Complete the game on renting an apartment.

  • Fill out a compare and contrast worksheet on different apartment and their amenities.

  • Complete a lease agreement.

  • Role play about the sink being stopped up.  One person is the landlord and the other will be the tenant then students will switch roles.

  • Each student is given a different earned salary amount and must devise a budget.

  • Practice letter writing.

  • Ask a local housing authority to visit the class and provide information about the Fair Housing Act.

G.  Learning Assessments:

1.      Progress checks at the end of Unit 7 in Crossroads 4

2.      Checklist for each student including individual and small groups.

3.      Analyze each otherís budgets.

4.      Write a letter of complaint about a housing problemand compare it with a partner.

5.      Describe the experience of role playing or a real interaction with a landlord.

6.      Recommend additions or changes to this unit.

7.      Listening assessment from Crossroads 4 on page 80 or CASAS Listening.

H.  Small Groups:  Working in groups of three the students will create a list of housing needs.  One student will be the recorder and do the writing for the group.  Another student will check the vocabulary and pronunciation.  The third student will be the spokesperson to the whole class.  Each will initial their contribution.  Mark the checklist and comment on their assessment form. 

I.  Learning or Physically Disabled:  For a physically disabled person such as one with a hearing problem placement in the classroom or in a group should be available to accommodate the problem.  Headphones should be supplied for listening to cassettes.  A volunteer could modify this lesson for different learning abilities help the student if the need arises or the student requests it.

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