The Internet TESL Journal

Discussion Topic: My New Home

Gerard Counihan
profesorSs [at]

Activity A

Your students are going to buy a new home, get them to list off their priorities. For example, I got the following:

You can even give your students these comments and ask them to rate them in importance (for them).

You could also get them to debate the needs/priorities of single people as opposed to married couples with children, for example.

Tastes and priorities differ from country to country so the English might emphasise the importance of the house as an investment, while the Spanish could underline the necessity to have a comfortable home with a good kitchen, for example.

Activity B

Some answers I got:

As always, anything they say must be supported by explanations/elaboration. No short answers. You could also mention the word "facilities" here, letting them see how it differs from "amenities".

Activity C

Name two or three amenities you consider essential for you. The most common answers I got were:

The Internet TESL Journal, Vol. V, No. 5, May 1999