Talking About Your Family (Int)


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?

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

Listening (5 mins)

Watch the following video and fill in the blanks based on what the speaker says.

"I feel like some of the strongest, happiest moments that I've ever felt in my life are when I'm with __________ , when I'm with ___________ ."

Reading Comprehension (10 mins)

Read the following article.

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

Grammar (5 mins)

"Used to" vs "Never used to"

We use "used to" to describe something that you regularly did in the past but now don't do anymore.

We use "never used to" to describe something that you never did in the past. 

Example sentence

When I was a kid, we used to stay at the beach every summer.

Did you used to swim in the ocean?

Yes, we used to swim in the ocean every morning.

Did you used to go fishing?

No, we never used to go fishing. We used to play on the beach.

Complete the following five sentences about yourself using "used to". Use your imagination if necessary.

When I was in elementary school, I used to ....
I used to be ..., but not anymore.
When I was younger, I used to ....
In my university days, I used to ....
When I was a child, my parents used to ....

Vocabulary (5 mins)

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Match the words in the column on the left with their opposite meanings on the right.


Use the words from the table to complete the following sentences.

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

2) My grandfather must have been very _____________ in his youth because he hiked around South America.

3) I'm afraid my wife is not 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 _______________ and that things are never as bad as I think they are.

Role Play (15 mins)

Jarrod:So, Etsuko, tell me about your family. Do you live with many people?
Etsuko:Yeah, actually I do. There are five of us at home. My dad, my mom, and my two sisters. So it's pretty lively at times.
Jarrod:I bet. Are your sisters still in school?
Etsuko:Well 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 now.
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:He sounds a lot like my own dad.
Etsuko:As for my mom, well she is very hard working. She is a homemaker and she hardly ever sits still.
Jarrod:Does your father still work?
Etsuko:Oh no. He is retired now. He used to work in a construction company and he used to get up early for work all the time. Now he says "every day is Sunday"!
Jarrod:Good for him. Sounds like he deserves it.

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 like spending time with your family?

Why or why not?

What are the pros and cons of being part of a large family with lots of children?


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 !