FAMILY, in capitals, because is there anything more important in this world?
“Family is not an important thing, it’s everything.”Michael J. Fox. How far do you agree with Michael J. Fox?
This is a lesson for Intermediate students (B1) about Family. In this post you will find
- A video about traditional and non-traditional families.
- Some vocabulary you might need to revise/learn when discussing this subject.
- Guided speaking: questions to discuss+ answers offered by a native speaker (Flip Cards).
- Freer Practice: pictures to describe and some questions to discuss in pairs or small groups
The first activity in this lesson (the video) will be set as homework.
1. The Video. What Is a Non-Traditional Family? – Definition of Options.
It is a long video. It lasts 8 minutes so I’d suggest breaking it up and asking students to work on different parts of the video. In the video five non-traditional /alternative households are mentioned.
- In class, show students the video and explain it discusses traditional and non-traditional families.
- Explain that everybody will need to listen to the introduction where the concept of traditional family is explained (from the beginning – 1:02).
- Explain that in the video Erin Long-Crowell, an educational psychologist, talks about five different non-traditional/alternative households.
- Form groups of five students and tell them that in the next lesson they will be working in groups of five and each of them will share what they have learned about their assigned non-traditional household.
- Assign tasks for the different students in the group
Student 1: single parenthood 1:07-2:20
Student 2: cohabitation 2:20-3:23
Student 3: GLBT 3:23-4:32
Student 4: Polygamy 4:32-5:21
Student 5: Singlehood 5:21-6.30
(video no longer available on youtube) Click here to see it
2. Vocabulary. Family Life
- To take after your mum/dad
- To bring up a child
- To fall out ( with your sister)
- To make up
- To get on (well) with sb
- To get along with sb
- To raise your children
- To adopt
- To quarrel with your siblings
- To get divorced/ to be divorced
- To share ( a bedroom)
- To cohabit/kəʊˈhabɪt/
- to start a family
- To have (a lot of) things in common
- To get together
- (A cousin) on my father’s side
- To be close to
- (not) to see eye to eye
- To be the main breadwinner= the person in the family who earns the highest income
- to be under age
- to come of age
- A family gathering/ reunion /get-together
- Birth rate
- Birth order
- Immediate or nuclear/extended family
- a spouse
- Sibling (rivalry)
- A parent
- your significant other = Aspouse or long-term sexual or romantic partner
- one-parent families
- Half brother
- Step brother
- A relative
- Ancestors=aperson, typically one more remote than a grandparent, from whom one is descended
- An only child
- traditional and non-traditional family
- single parenthood
- Close knit family
3. Speaking .Guided speaking: questions to discuss+ answers offered by a native speaker (Flip Cards)
- Students in pairs. Display question 1 and allow two or three minutes for students to discuss this question. Flip the card for them to see how a native speaker would answer the question. Follow the same procedure with the rest of the questions.
- Freer Practice: pictures to describe and compare.
- Freer Practice:conversation questions.