ESL Housing Lesson Plan

Instructor: Suzanne Rose

Suzanne has taught all levels PK-graduate school and has a PhD in Instructional Systems Design. She currently teachers literacy courses to preservice and inservice teachers.

This lesson plan focuses on teaching vocabulary related to housing to English Language Learners. Students will read classified advertisements and role play conversations between themselves and a potential landlord.

Learning Objectives

As a result of this lesson, students will:

  • Accurately read classified advertisements related to housing.
  • Understand common housing and rental terminology.
  • Effectively conduct a conversation about renting an apartment.
  • Correctly answer questions about classified housing ads.


45-60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

ELP 9-12.7

An ELL can adapt language choices to purpose, task, and audience with speaking and writing.

ELP 9-12.8

An ELL can determine the meaning of words and phrases in oral presentations and literary and informational text.

ELP 9-12.9

An ELL can create clear and coherent grade-appropriate speech and text.

Materials Needed

  • Pocket chart
  • Vocabulary terms written on index cards (1 set for display)
  • Classified advertisements from the newspapers (1 per student)
  • Classified advertisements to display for lesson
  • Classified advertisement handout for follow-up activity


  • Types of Housing
    • Apartment
    • Condo/condominium
    • Detached home
    • Duplex
    • Efficiency apartment
    • Flat
    • Garden apartment
    • House trailer
    • Loft
    • Mobile home
    • Rooming house
    • Row house
    • Shelter
    • Townhouse/townhome
  • Other Housing Words
    • Lodging
    • Pets
    • Primary residence
    • Real estate
    • Real estate agent
    • Rental agent
    • Residence
    • Roommate
    • Subsidized housing
    • Unit
  • Housing Features
    • Ensuite bathroom
    • Furnished
    • Garage
    • Half bathroom
    • Kitchenette
    • Parking included
    • Partly furnished
    • Utilities included
  • Rental Terms
    • Building superintendent/manager
    • Credit check
    • Deposit
    • Landlord
    • Lease
    • Rent
    • Rental agreement
    • Security deposit
    • Tenant
    • Sublet

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