Imaginative Hand Drawn Themed Houses for Describing Buildings

Imaginative Hand Drawn Themed Houses for Describing Buildings
Imaginative Hand Drawn Themed Houses for Describing Buildings
Imaginative Hand Drawn Themed Houses for Describing Buildings
Imaginative Hand Drawn Themed Houses for Describing Buildings
Imaginative Hand Drawn Themed Houses for Describing Buildings
Imaginative Hand Drawn Themed Houses for Describing Buildings
Imaginative Hand Drawn Themed Houses for Describing Buildings
Imaginative Hand Drawn Themed Houses for Describing Buildings
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Do you have a dull unit about how to describe stuff? I did, but I managed to make it more interesting for classes of teenage ESL students.

I had a unit on describing buildings and I wanted a creative way to engage teenage ESL/EFL students. So, I drew these strange houses in black pen to help teach them how to write and talk about describing strange houses.

There are 6 houses on the sheet:
- A boot house
- An igloo style house
- A telephone house
- A tree house
- A musical instruments house
- An apple house

Note, the watermarks you see in the image thumbnails do not appear on the paid-for download.

First, I teach the students about the vocabulary of houses. For example: look like/strange/ideal/detached/balcony/chimney/attic/basement/overlook/ ...and so on.

Next, I photocopy the sheet so that I can cut out enough houses to give one house to each student in the class. (I usually copy a few more in case they don't like the house they are given and want to change it).

Then, I have a list of questions on the board that they must answer in full sentences about the picture of the house. Examples:

What does it look like?
What does it have? (e.g. a balcony)
What doesn't it have?
What does it overlook?
Is it your ideal house? Why/Why not?
Would people criticize it? Why/Why not?
What would you do if you lived there?

Then, you can check their writing and have students stand up to talk about the house.

(Final activity for production/project is the students design their own themed house and describe it).

I used these pictures with grade 11 (upper high-school) ESL students in Thailand. They liked the pictures - well, sometimes they didn't like the one they got and they changed it for one they were ok with - teenagers!

Hope it provides a useful activity for you.
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