Home Town

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on March 14, 2023 and last updated on May 14, 2023

Conversation practice on the topic of someone’s home town can be an effective way to improve the English speaking skills of beginners. This is because talking about their own town provides a comfortable and familiar starting point for the conversation.

It allows learners to use vocabulary and expressions that they are already familiar with, which builds their confidence in speaking English. Additionally, discussing their hometown requires them to use a range of different tenses and grammatical structures, which helps to reinforce their understanding of the language.

As learners become more comfortable with the topic, they can start to expand their vocabulary and delve deeper into their experiences, which further enhances their language skills.

What is a Home Town?

Someone’s home town is the place where they were born or grew up. It’s the place where many people have special memories with family and friends. It’s a place that is special because it’s where you have your roots.

Your hometown can be a big city or a small town. It can have a lot of people or just a few. It can be near the mountains, near the sea, in the countryside or near a city. It can be very cold or very warm. But no matter what it’s like, it’s a place that you know well and where you feel comfortable.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • grow up (phrasal verb)
  • family (noun)
  • friends (noun)
  • memory (noun)
  • past (noun)

Conversation Questions

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  • What is your home town called and where is located?
  • What is the weather like in your home town?
  • What is your favourite thing about your home town?
  • Is your home town famous for anything?
  • Have you ever visited a different place that felt like your home town?
  • Are there any traditions or celebrations in your home town?
  • What is your favourite place to go in your home town?
  • What is your favourite food or restaurant from your home town?
  • How long did you live or have you lived in your hometown?
  • If you still live in your home town, do you think you will live somewhere else in the future?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.