Renting an Apartment and Living- English Foundation

About the Boise State World Languages Resource Center (WLRC) Language Activity Repository

The activities provided by the Boise State World Languages Resource Center (WLRC) serve as foundational activities which can be adapted by any language and scaled up or down on the proficiency scale. In other words, the activities are “language-agnostic” to provide language instructors from around the country the platform to remix these instructional materials, infusing them with their target language and culture!

This activity was created by upper-division language students working in the World Languages Resource Center at Boise State University. Our activities seek to help students solidify their interpersonal speaking and interpretive listening skills through task-based situations or communicative activities. We recommend using these activities to help reinforce the content students are learning, allowing the students time to feel comfortable using the unit’s vocabulary and grammar structures through application. Further, these activities should be facilitated in approximately 90% (or more) in the target language, per the recommendation of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

Using the WLRC Repository’s Activities:

When you are ready to begin remixing the activity, in order to adapt it for your target language and audience, simply click the “Remix This Resource” button at the top of your screen. The text provided in purple is a suggestion of what you might say to your students and should be changed to the target language.

Most activities contain a connected chapter, two to three “NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do” statements, a warm-up, main activity, and a wrap-up. In addition to the instructions, some activities may include a “cheat sheet” containing the target vocabulary and grammar structures emphasized in the activity. Though most of the lab materials are provided, a computer, projector, printer, and laminator may also be needed to fully utilize materials.

Many of the activities include printable cards and other instructional materials. If you would like to adapt these materials for your language, please email WLRCLAR@gmail.com and we will provide you with an editable copy. For YouTube videos and other websites, hyperlinks are provided.

Enjoy!

- Boise State World Languages Resource Center

Renting an Apartment

In this activity, students will partner up and practice talking about their house, what rooms and basic furniture they have. Discuss what they want to have and then give suggestions to each other. Then practice talking to a landlord about renting an apartment. 

Keywords:

renting, apartment, landlord, rent, bills, looking for an apartment, furniture, bedroom, kitchen, college

Relevant NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can name common pieces of furniture.
  • I can describe my living quarters.
  • I can discuss my preference of living arrangements.

Relevant ACTFL World-Readiness Standards

Communication
Standard 1.1
Students engage in conversations,
provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.

Materials Needed:

Questions Cards

Warm-up

1. Begin by introducing the Can-Dos for today’s activity and distributing one of the Question Cards to each student.

Relevant NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can name common pieces of furniture.
  • I can describe my living quarters.
  • I can discuss my preference of living arrangements.

2. Ask students:

"If they live in the dorms, apartment, or at home?"

"If they have ever moved?"

"If they live in Boise (vs Nampa, Kuna, etc)?"

"If they live in a noisy area?"

Main Activity

1. Explain to the students that they will be discussing their current living arrangements, and what they will prefer to have. Just practicing having a conversation about things they are familiar with. Using the discussion cards for suggestions if they get stuck. After they will pick one as the landlord and practice asking to rent a place. The landlord will briefly describe the place and then the leasee will ask about it.

2. Have students partner up and run through the conversation practice.

3. After 10-15 minutes (or they run out of things to say), move them onto the next step. 

Wrap-up

Wrap-up questions (Pick the a few you’d like to ask):

Ask students as a whole:

"If they have ever lived alone?"

Ask the partnered groups "If they were able to come to an agreement on the apartment?"

"How much was the rent?"

"How long they have stayed in their current place?"

End of lab:

• Read Can-Do statements once more and have students evaluate their confidence.
(Use thumbs up/thumbs down or download our student cards.) 
• Encourage students to be honest in their self-evaluation.
• Pay attention, and try to use feedback for future labs!

Relevant NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

• I can exchange with others some ideas about ways to eat healthily
• I can exchange opinions about the food available at my university
• I can read and understand basic nutritional information 


Where are we? Rate yourself on the weekly Can-Do Statements using this scale: I get it!, I got it!, I kind of get it..., I don't get it...
Can-DO_Statement_JoRhwRK.pngWhere are we? Rate yourself on the weekly Can-Do Statements using this scale: I get it!, I got it!, I kind of get it..., I don't get it...

Where are we? Rate yourself on the weekly Can-Do Statements using this scale: I get it!, I got it!, I kind of get it..., I don't get it...


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