20. My ideal home

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Task details

Name of writing assessment task Write a text For a presentation on 'My ideal home'
EAL student stage range  B2, B3, S2, S3, S4
Text orientation Imaginative
Task type Extended response


Task specification

Purpose To assess students' ability to use hypothetical language to describe their ideal home as a basis for a presentation
Description Students write the text for a presentation on the topic of their ideal home
Assumed knowledge and description
  1. Content knowledge: Knowledge of things that might belong to an ideal house: a house, a garden, a pool, a garage, a view.  Knowledge of rooms in a house: living, dining, kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms, media room, balcony 
  2. Text type, genre: Imaginative, description
  3. Linguistic structures and features:
    • modals to describe 'my ideal home': My ideal home would be in…near…would have…There would be…If I had a…I'd be able to…
  4. Vocabulary: Nouns related to the topic of home and home technology and adjectives to describe location, view, garden, rooms in house etc.



Learning/teaching context

Language Centre/mainstream class Mainstream class – EAL Support
Subject/key syllabus objectives, outcomes   English
Topic/teaching unit  Ideal homes
Assessment conditions
  1. Individual activity
  2. Formal/informal: Formal
  3. Time limit: One lesson period
  4. Teacher intervention:  Limited to response to student request for clarification and encouragement 
  5. Access to resources: Students have access to their notes.  Students may use their own personal dictionaries, classroom dictionaries
  6. Scaffolding (modelled/guided/independent support): 
  7. Accommodations: -
  • The assessment is done on students' first draft
  • Pre-assessment activities can be extended as appropriate for students



Task implementation

Pre-assessment activity
  • Teachers and students revise generic framework of a description of a home, the vocabulary for rooms/outdoors features/special features shown/home technology based on pictures shown and models/s analysed and possibly reconstructed in previous lessons
  • Students discuss their ideal home in pairs or small groups
  • Students make notes about their ideal home in the generic framework provided
  • Click to view the framework for this assessment: My Ideal Home: Pre-Assessment Materials PDF
Assessment activity
Post-assessment activity
  • Students present their ideal homes to each other in small groups of three or four
  • Students do self and peer feedback
  • Give students time to improve and write a second draft
  • Students illustrate their ideal homes
  • Once the students' work has been read, provide individual and whole class feedback on strengths and individual or global improvement steps


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