Talking About Your Family (Adv)


Students will learn how to talk about their family in social and informal business situations.
Student Level: 
Unit Group: 
General Business - Socializing

Warm Up (5 mins)

How many people are in your family? Can you describe them?

Do you regularly get together with other family members? What do you do together?

Listening (5 mins)

Watch the following video.

1. What is the name of the man's brother?

2. Why does the man say it is important to spend time with his family?

Reading Comprehension (10 mins)

Read the following article.

1. What topics would you generally avoid discussing if you are talking to a new person about your family.

2. Think of a member of your own family and describe him or her based on the suggested topics.

Conversation Skill (10 mins)

The AAA technique

Conversation Skill Point: 

For advanced language users, it is important that conversations be "balanced", that is, speaking times between two parties should be approximately equal and the information should flow both ways. Otherwise it becomes less of a "coversation" and more like a job interview!

We can ensure a balanced conversation through the "AAA technique".

"A" - If somebody asks you a question, start with a direct answer.

"A" - Then add some additional, non-essential information to give your answer more depth.

"A" - Finally, ask a question to the other person in response.

When asking a question (the final "A") it is important not to just repeat the same question you just received. Try to ask a related question or at least paraphrase the first question so that you use different wording.

Person A

Person B

Where did you go to school?

I studied at the London School of Economics. (A)

At first I studied finance but later I switched to marketing because I found it more creative. (A)

How about you? Did you change direction or did you stay in one field? (A)

Actually, I changed focus, just like you! (A)

At first I studied chemistry but later I got interested in biology. (A)

Were you ever interested in science? (A)

Image you and your instructor are Person A and Person B.

Try to continue the conversation above. Don't worry if the conversation goes off on a tangent.

Vocabulary (5 mins)

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Role Play (15 mins)


Case Study (15 mins)

Imagine you are socializing at a dinner party.

People at the party are talking about themselves and members of their family.

Choose one or more people in your immediate or extended family and compare and contrast them with yourself.

What is similar about them? What is different about them?

Think about:

- Their jobs / educational background

- Their character

- Their hobbies and interests

- Their location and lifestyle


Your instructor will ask questions about you and your family.

Try to answer using the "AAA" technique.


Extension Activity

Do you like spending time with your family?

Why or why not?

Do you think that large families with lots of children are better than small families?

Why or why not?


Review and Quiz (5 mins)

Do you have any questions about this lesson?

What did you learn today?

Did you learn any new vocabulary or expressions?

Ask your instructor for tips on how you can improve your English.

Finally, don't forget to take the quiz after all your lessons are finished today.

Thank you !