~ Dialogue ~ Topic 2 ~ House and Home ~ Discuss Questions and Answers ~


1) What is the difference between “house” and “home? Explain.

I’m sure that “home” is the mood of a place, whereas “house” or, I guess “apartment”

is the physical space… Having said that, my apartment is my home and I’m happy there.


2) Describe each room in your home. Describe what you would like to change in your home.

I’ll describe my living room. It looks like a garden, and smells like one, too. There are

20 or 30 plants all over the place. There’s a sofa and storage spaces under the tables.


3) Would you prefer to live in a house or an apartment? Why? Describe your choice.

I would prefer to live in an apartment. The reason is simple.  I think that I want to have neighbors near me.

I have always enjoyed my neighbors. It makes life more interesting.


4) Is your home in a convenient location? Can you park easily? Describe.

No. I live in the boondocks! But I can park anywhere… Only the forest creatures visit me.

I have a small farm that provides income. I like it here but will someday return to the city.


5) Where would your dream home be? What would it look like?

It would be on the highest floor of the highest skyscraper in the world. All my needs

would be taken care of… I would have meals served and butlers and maids… like heaven.

And maybe… just maybe… I would become completely bored.


6) Do you like to keep pets in your home? Why or why not? Who benefits most from pets?

No pets. Some people are allergic to pets or don’t like animals. But I think pets can provide psychological assistance to people who are lonely or those looking for companionship.


7) How difficult is it to buy a house or an apartment in your country? What is the process?

Expensive. These days only a handful of the population can afford to buy a house.

Others need to secure a mortgage (bank) and take the chances of repayment (with interest).


8) Have you ever been homesick? Describe the experience. How can people overcome it?

Yes. You can overcome homesickness easily. You must immerse yourself in the culture,

make new friends, keep in contact with old friends, and learn some of the language.


9) Is it better to rent or buy in your country? Give reasons for your answer.

Think about it: Your own security. Are you planning to pass your property on to your

children. If not, are you trying to make an investment. If not, what other reason?


10) Do you have guests in your home? Who are they? How often?

Not often. We like our privacy. But now and then, we have a party. Just last weekend,

we invited some friends from an apartment a few floors below. Good times had by all.



Group A

1) What is the difference between “house” and “home? Explain.

2) Do you live with your family/roommates? Describe them? Who do you like?

3) How long have you lived in your home? Have you ever moved? How about now?

4) Which home did/do you like the best? Why? What makes a home comfortable?

5) Describe each room in your home, and what you would like to change in your home.


Group B

1) What does the outside of your home look like? Would like to change anything?

2) Would you prefer to live in a house or an apartment? Why? Describe your choice.

3) If you have a car, where do you park? Is the cost of parking reasonable in your area?

4) Is your home in a convenient location? Describe your location in detail.

5) Would you change your present location (home, town, city, etc.) if you could? Why?


Group C

1) Where would your dream home be (town, city, etc.)? What would it be like?

2) Do you know any of your neighbors? Share any stories about you and/or them.

3) Do you get along well with your neighbors? How do you know them? How well?

4) Have you ever complained about your neighbors? Why? Or your apartment? Why?

5) What problems do home owners have in your community? What can they do?


Group D

1) Do you like to keep pets in your home? Why/Why not? Who benefits most from pets?

2) Do you have plants or a garden at or in your home? Describe them.

3) Are there any parks near your home? What do people do there? Do you use parks?

4) How difficult is it to buy a house or an apartment in your country? Explain.

5) Have you ever been homesick? Tell. How can people overcome it?


Group E

1) Is it better to rent or buy in your country? Give reasons for your answer.

2) What do you think houses in the future will be like? Try to imagine them in detail.

3) Is your neighborhood dangerous? How important is security? Talk about it.

4) Are there many homeless people in your community? Where do they stay? Tell.

5) Does your government assist the homeless? What should your government do?



~ Food for Thought ~ Topic 2 ~ House and Home ~ Explore the Topic ~


Home: Typically provides areas and facilities for sleeping, preparing food, eating and hygiene. Larger groups may live in nursing homes, children's homes, convents, temples, shacks, mansions, tents, yurts, houses, apartments, make of it what you will… The main point is that a home is a place of comfort.


House: A structure that provides shelter for one group of people. They can range from simple dwellings such as rudimentary huts, the tents of nomadic tribes, improvised shacks in shanty towns, or complex, fixed structures of wood, brick, concrete, or other materials containing plumbing, ventilation, and electrical systems. And then there are townhouses, ranches, and mansions.


Apartment: An apartment (American English), flat (British English) or unit (Australian English) is a self-contained housing space (a type of residential real estate) that occupies only part of a building, generally on a single storey/story. There are many names for these spaces.




Slum: A slum is a highly populated urban residential area consisting mostly of closely packed, decrepit housing units in a situation of deteriorated or incomplete infrastructure.




Shanty Town (or squatter area): a settlement of improvised housing which is known as shanties or shacks, made of plywood, corrugated metal, sheets of plastic, and cardboard boxes. Such settlements are usually found on the periphery of cities, in public parks, or near railroad tracks, rivers, lagoons or city trash dump sites. Sometimes called a squatter, or spontaneous settlement, a typical shanty town often lacks adequate infrastructure, including proper sanitation, safe water supply, electricity, hygienic streets, or other basic necessities to support human settlements.




Retirement Home: Sometimes called an old people's home or old age home, although old people's home can also refer to a nursing home is a multi-residence housing facility intended for the elderly. Typically, each person or couple in the home has an apartment-style room or suite of rooms. Additional facilities are provided within the building. This can include facilities for meals, gatherings, recreation activities, and some form of health, or hospice care. 




Retirement communities: Unlike retirement homes, these locations offer separate and autonomous homes for residents living in a community to flourish in their remaining days.









Lesson Procedures/How to make a lesson


1) To begin, as a class, in groups, or in pairs, select the questions youd like to talk about. 

2) Then, ask questions and share ideas in your conversations. Take notes. Take equal turns.

3) Share your ideas (each individual) in a classroom discussion (as prepared in 1, 2, and 3).


There are three sections for each topic:


1) Dialogue: There are ten selected questions presented with sample answers.

                   The sample answers are given to assist the learners in creating

                     their own answers. They tend to use a casual speaking style.


2) Original Questions: There are five groups of five questions with no answers.

                                           They are introduced to give more choices to learners.


3) Food for Thought: Definitions, ideas, and links are offered for discussion and deliberation.


Explore the possibilities. Use the web. Make your own questions. Take equal turns.




~ Topic 1-2 ~ House and Home ~ Questions for Conversation ~

Honor your mistakes, they will lead to learning...

Through this learning, more mistakes will be made…

Through this process, mistakes are no longer mistakes…

They become the act of learning.





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