This set of conversation questions will get your students describing their apartments, houses, or other types of homes. It works great as a follow-up to a vocabulary lesson on furniture or rooms of the house. Like most of my question sets, these are high-beginner-friendly. They are written in the present and past tenses, and you should be able to use them with students around A2 level and up. And as always, you can find a printable copy of these questions at the bottom of the page!
Questions about Homes
- Do you prefer to live in a big house or a small house? Why?
- Would you prefer to live in a house on the beach, a cabin in the forest, an apartment in a big city, or on a farm?
- What is your favorite room in your house? Describe it.
- Do you like spending time at home? Why or why not?
- What does your living room look like?
- What does your kitchen look like?
- Do you have a backyard or a porch?
- Do you have a garden outside of your house? Do you have plants or flowers inside of your house?
- Do you like cleaning your house? How often do you clean?
- Did you ever live alone? Did you like living alone?
- Did you ever have roommates? Did you like your roommates?
- Describe the architecture of your home. What does the building look like?
- Do you prefer old houses or new houses? Why?
- What do traditional houses in your country look like?
- If you live in an apartment, which floor do you live on? Does your building have an elevator?
- Do you like decorating your house? Do you like shopping for furniture?
- What color are the walls in your house?
- Describe your dream home.
- Describe your childhood home.
- How do you feel when you return home after a long vacation?
Handouts and Ideas
- You can print out a handout of this worksheet to share with your students right here: Conversation Questions about Homes
- Another thing that I love to do when we’re on the topic of homes is to bring out the sketch paper! I give each student a blank sheet of paper, and ask them to draw a quick sketch of one of the following:
– the home they are currently staying or living in (I teach in the US, an most of my students are either on vacation or immigrants.)
– their home in their native country
– their dream home
I make sure to tell them that artistic skills aren’t necessary. A simple blueprint works. If we’ve learned furniture vocabulary, I ask them to try and draw in the furniture.
After they finish, I put students into small groups, and have them take turns describing the house that they drew to their classmates. It’s really fun!