Talking About Your Family (Beg)


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)

Do you regularly get together with other family members?

What do you do together?

Listening (5 mins)

Listen to the audio and answer the questions based on what the speaker says.

1. What is her husband's occupation?

a) doctor

b) carpenter

c) delivery driver

2. How old are her children?

a) 5 years old and 2 years old

b) 8 years old and 4 years old

c) 12 years old and 6 years old

3. What kind of pet does she have?

a) cat

b) dog

c) goldfish

Reading Comprehension (10 mins)

Read the following article and answer the question.

Describe a member of your own family based on the suggested topics.

Grammar (5 mins)

"Sounds / Looks / Smells / Tastes / Feels Like"

We experience the world through five senses.

Hearing - seeing - smelling - tasting - feeling.

When we have to make a guess about someone, something or some situation based on just one of those senses, we use the "_________ like" pattern.





Sounds like

Your mother sounds like a kind woman.


Looks like

Your son looks like a strong young man.


Smells like

It smells like something delicious is in the kitchen.


Tastes like

This dish tastes like my grandmothers favourite recipe.


Feels like

Your sofa feels like it is made of real leather.

Use the "looks like" or "sounds like" pattern to comment on the following situations.

Match the following adjectives to the situation.

confident kind adventurous successful fit intelligent
You saw a photo of ... You heard a story about ...
A well dressed man wearing a Rolex watch A teenage girl passing a difficult examination
A man running a marathon A girl giving a presentation to a large audience
A young man offering his seat to an old woman on a train. A woman who sailed her boat across the Pacific ocean alone.


Vocabulary (5 mins)


Choose the correct words from the table above to complete the following sentences.

1) My brother is very _________ because he is always painting, writing and making works of art.

2) My grandfather was very _____________ in his youth and he hiked around South America alone.

3) My wife is very ______________ . She always waits for other people to start the conversation.

4) My daughter is always helpful to strangers and people who need help. She is so ___________ .

5) My father is always telling me to be cheer up and be more _______________ about the future.


Try to think of other words that you could use to describe your family members.

What are the opposites of those words?



Role Play (15 mins)

Jarrod:So, Etsuko, tell me about your family. Do you live with many people?
Etsuko:There are five of us at home. My dad, my mom, my two sisters and me.
Jarrod:Are your sisters still in school?
Etsuko:My youngest sister, Keiko, is still in High School. She is studying very hard right now for the University Entrance Examination. My other sister has just graduated from Waseda University. She works for a financial company in Nihonbashi.
Jarrod:I see. How about your parents? What are they like?
Etsuko:Oh my dad is very quiet and patient. But he also has a humorous side. He likes to tell jokes around the dinner table.
Jarrod:How about your mom?
Etsuko:She' very hard working. She is a homemaker and takes care of all of us.
Jarrod:Does your father still work?
Etsuko:He is retired now. He used to work in a construction company and he used to get up early for work every day. Now he says "every day is Sunday"!
Jarrod:Good for him. Sounds like he is enjoying his retirement.

Try the role play again but this time substitute information about your own family.

Try switching roles. Ask your instructor some questions about his or her family.

Extension Activity

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 !