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C1 Topic 6 House & Home

  1. 1. House & Home Nina Dearle By PresenterMedia.com Topic 6 Our feet may leave, but not our hearts
  2. 2. Vocabulary Work Vocabulary in Use (Upper Intermediate) 40 At Home 41 Everyday Problems 50 Towns Vocabulary in Use (Advanced) 23 Homestyles, Lifestyles 35 Buildings in Metaphors
  3. 3. Why do we use the passive voice? Yesterday Yesterday at 6 Now (3 p.m.) Tomorrow at 10 hang door mend roof paint door carpet dining- room plaster kitchen replace windows decorate hall paint windows mend gate paint gate rewire house paper lounge Using the information in the chart, answer the questions below. Do not use expressions of time in your answers.
  4. 4. You are going to hear two people talking about the language used by estate agents. Listen and find out how a more poetic approach can appeal to not only the pockets and minds of people hoping to buy a new house or flat, but also to their feelings. Source: bbclearningenglish.com The Language of the Estate Agent. This section is a slightly tongue in cheek guide to the language of the Estate Agent. Recent changes to the law have reigned in their imagination somewhat but inventiveness of description or their use of poetic licence is still their trademark.
  5. 5. What the estate agent says What the estate agent means  Convenient for the station The railway runs along the back garden and it is almost impossible to sleep at night. (Ideal location for newly-weds).  Scope for improvement The place is falling apart.  Compact Rooms are an ideal size for the family pet, i.e. guinea- pig or hamster, but nothing larger.  Well established area Either: in the oldest, most run down part of town, known in the trade as Shitsville; Or: in a boring, featureless, two-year-old housing estate in which at least 3 houses have planted a couple of dying shrubs in their front gardens.  Far reaching views to the rear. The wind screams across the back garden.  Greatly improved. A Do-It-Yourself nut has had free reign of the house and totally messed it up.  Popular area. Half the houses in the street are for sale at any one time or are regularly visited by burglars.  You can find more examples here.
  6. 6. When you choose a home to rent or buy, which of the following points is or would be more important for you? Imagine you have decided to go to study in Britain for two or three years. What would you do about accommodation? Which of the following would be the most important two considerations for you? neighbours, and possibilities for social relations ease of cleaning and maintenance location lack of noise garden and views size and number of rooms age and condition other: what? distance from college cleanliness price noise comfort other
  7. 7. Cleaning supplies, Household cleaning and Laundry Household problems and Repairs Rooms in a House Housing Vocabulary in American and British English Identify the household chores. Which are your favourite?
  8. 8. Home improvement disasters Houses versus apartments essay
  9. 9. Do you like your city? Why? Why not? How would you improve it? What city would you like to live in? What makes a good city? Use the prompts below to think of six factors.  traffic  green space  museums and art galleries  population density  public transport  history  crime rates  pollution  cultural events  buildings Other? From www.hotenglishgroup.com 1. Which magazine named Melbourne as the best city in the world? 2. How many cities are rated for the Global Liveability Report? 3. How many points did Melbourne score? 4. Which city came out top in the Mercer Quality of Living Survey? 5. In The Economist’s other report, which city came out on top? 6. Which city is most popular with tourists?
  10. 10. BBC RADIO FOUR: LIVING IN THE CITY IS COUNTRY LIFE BETTER THAN CITY LIFE? THE DEBATE: YOU VOTE.
  11. 11. Questions to think about: 1) Advantages & disadvantages to apartments and houses. 2) City versus country life. 3) Mortgage arrears and evictions. Grammar to brush up on: 1) The passive voice 2) Advanced article usage Language functions to check out: 1) Arguing and discussing 2) Illustrating and exemplifying ideas Films to watch: 1) House of Sand & Fog 2) 10 Short Films about Housing in London Books to Read: 1) A Week in December 2) Capital

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