Places Where People Live

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on February 14, 2022 and last updated on July 22, 2023

The topic of “Places Where People Live” captivates English learners, offering an enriching journey through diverse habitats and human settlements. Engaging in discussions about urbanisation, rural living and cultural factors enhances vocabulary, fluency and geographical understanding.

By analysing factors influencing residential choices and societal patterns, learners develop critical thinking and language skills that enable them to navigate diverse global landscapes and engage confidently in discussions about living environments in English-speaking contexts.

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.

Places Where People Live Review

The topic of “Places Where People Live” is a fascinating exploration of the diverse habitats and living environments that shape human societies. From bustling cities to serene rural areas, this subject delves into the factors influencing residential choices, including geographical features, climate, culture and economic opportunities.

This introduction invites learners to appreciate the rich tapestry of habitats worldwide, fostering cultural awareness, geographic knowledge and a deeper understanding of the intricate relationship between people and their living spaces.

Useful Vocabulary

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

  • definitely (adverb)
  • take advantage of something (idiom)
  • make the most of something (idiom)
  • neighbourhood (noun)
  • neighbour (noun)
  • friendly (adverb)

Conversation Questions

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  • What type of environment do you prefer to live in: urban, suburban, or rural? Why?
  • Share characteristics of your hometown or current place of residence that make it unique and appealing.
  • Is there anything you dislike about where you live?
  • What are some common factors that prompt people to move from urban centres to rural areas?
  • Discuss the advantages of living in a densely populated city.
  • Discuss the impact of climate and weather conditions on residential choices and daily life.
  • How do traditional and modern living spaces differ in various cultures and societies?
  • What are some unique or unusual living environments or housing arrangements you've encountered?
  • Discuss the impact of remote work on residential choices and population distribution.
  • Should people be encouraged to move back to rural areas to revitalise declining communities?
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.