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See this post for 10 ideas on how to use these questions.
- How important is your family to you?
- How many people are in your immediate family?
What about in your extended family?
- Who are you closest to in your family? Why do you think that is?
- Do you have any pets? Do they feel like part of the family?
- Are there any black sheep in your family? Can you tell us a little bit about them?
- Did your grandparents come from big families? What did they do?
- Can you tell us one of your favourite family memories?
- Do you wish you could spend more time with your family? What would you do together?
- How did your parents meet?
- Who used to comfort you when you were a child? Who used to punish you when you did something wrong?
- ho is the most successful person in your family? How did they become successful?
- What’s the secret of a happy family life?
- “You can’t choose your family. Thank God you can choose your friends.” Do you agree?
- Who are your favourite cousins? Why do you feel close to them?
- What are the advantages and disadvantages of being an only child?
- “I don’t care how poor a man is; if he has family, he’s rich.” What do you think this quote means? Do you agree with it?
- Would you like to have a big family?
- What did your family and you like to do
together when you were a child?
- What was your favourite family game?
- If you had to name your first-born child after a member of your family, who would you choose? Why?
- A Typical Conversation with my Mom
- The World’s Strictest Parents: Ghana (Pt.1 of 6)
- Harrow – School on the Hill
Seemingly universal tale from Levni Yilmaz:
First part of a British reality show following two unruly teenagers sent to live with strict parents abroad for a week. Note: I have an intermediate+ lesson plan based around this video here.
First part of a 2001 documentary about a famous English public school.
Here are some interesting (and, hopefully, semi-permanent!) online articles and websites I’ve found. Have a look through and see if there’s one that might interest your class. If you have any other suggestions about more sites or articles I could include here, please let me know.
- How to read a (British) family tree
- Spain’s stolen babies and the families who lived a lie
Short article from the BBC, which might be of use to lower-level ELLs.
Longer article from the BBC on the apparent theft and trafficking of thousands of babies by nuns, priests and doctors in Spain – originally in collusion with the fascist government, but continuing up until the 1990s. The article contains a shorter video report as well.