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B1 – Housing

Video-based ESL lesson. The video showcases a 1970s apartment with 2 units. The focus is on a 35 square meter unit, demonstrating how to maximize space with features like a convertible lounge chair and a green wall in the bathroom. The presenter emphasizes the importance of careful design for small spaces, considering lifestyle and functionality. B1 students can learn about the challenges and creative solutions for designing small spaces, as well as useful vocabulary related to apartment features and design concepts.

TypeLevelVocabularyVideo LengthLesson Time
Regular lessonB1 / Intermediate10 words3:46 min60 min
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Teaching guide

This is a regular lesson emphasizing speaking practice. There is no need for students to preview any tasks unless you have specific goals in mind.

  1. Lead-in: Begin the lesson by discussing thought-provoking questions related to housing.
  2. Discussion: Have a group discussion about important factors when choosing a place to live. Encourage students to share their opinions.
  3. Vocabulary match: In pairs or individually, match words to their definitions. Practice synonyms and correct pronunciation.
  4. Discussion: Show pictures of two different apartments. Discuss pros and cons of each.
  5. Question: Present a question related to apartment design. Encourage students to share their thoughts on what makes an ideal apartment design.
  6. Video: Show a video about innovative tiny apartment design. After watching the video, have students share their thoughts and opinions.
  7. Comprehension: Read sentences related to the video. Determine if they are true or false.
  8. Speaking: Describe a room. Suggest improvements for functionality and appeal.
  9. Agree or Disagree: Read statements and express agreement or disagreement. Engage in a discussion about viewpoints.


  • Luxurious
  • Modern
  • Spacious
  • Tidy
  • Messy
  • Cozy
  • Quiet
  • Tiny
  • Pricey
  • Bright


  • Lead-in
  • Discussion
  • Vocabulary match
  • Discussion
  • Question
  • Video
  • Comprehension
  • Speaking
  • Agree or disagree