Discussion Topic – Family

Vocabulary

the nuclear family
the extended family
the human family (humankind)

the family unit
the family unit is falling part
the family unit is disintegrating

Common Phrases

The family should stay together.
The family is important.
The family is everything.

Look at these pairs of opposites:

the divorce rate is increasing
the divorce rate is decreasing

the divorce rate is going up
the divorce rate is going down


Personal Questions

Do you come from a large family?
How many people are there in your family?
Who are they?
Do you have a brother?
Do you have a sister?
Are your parents still alive?
Do you live with your parents?

General Questions

What is the situation in your country?
Is the divorce rate going up?
Do you think the family unit is breaking up?
Do you think the family is important?
Is the divorce rate going down?
Is marriage becoming more popular?
Do you think marriage is important?
How do young people meet in your city?
Is match-making common?
Is arranged marriage common?
Is your society very liberal?
Is your society very conservative?

Do you want to discuss these question with another person in the Classroom? Leave your contact details in the “comments” section at the bottom of this page like this:

Hi. My name is Magda. I live I Croatia. I have three children. I like to talk about family and children and also I am interested in discussing serious topics like “What will happen to the family?”

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Interactive Story

Read the interactive Story:

The Family Argument

It was late on Saturday afternoon. A young man was in his room. He was putting on his clothes. His clothes were very fashionable. What colour were they? He came downstairs.

“Where are you going?” said his father. Was his father reading the newspaper?

“I am going to a rock and roll concert” said the young man. Did he look into his father’s eyes as he spoke?

“You are not allowed to go!” said his father. Did the father shout?

The young man looked at the ground. Did he look into his father’s eyes? He loved his father very much. He loved his father but he also wanted to go to the rock and roll concert. What time did the concert start?

The young man’s mother walked in. What colour was her dress? Her daughter was with her. How old was the daughter?

What is wrong? said the mother.

“Dad said I am not allowed to go to the rock and roll concert” said the young man. Did he have an angry expression on his face as he spoke?

“All his friends are going” said the mother.

“I don’t care. Rock and roll is for faggots! I don’t want my son going to a rock and roll concert” said the man. Did he shout?

The man’s wife approached him. She put her hands on her hips. She looked into the man’s eyes. Then she let her arms fall by her sides. What had she seen in the man’s eyes?

“Go up to your room” said the man to his son. He scratched his chin. Did he have a moustache?

The young man went to his room. He sat on his bed. Were there any posters on his walls? Are there any posters on your walls?

The young man looked out the window. He thought about the music. He put on his jeans. Were they faded? He looped a bag over his shoulder. Was it a cloth bag?

The concert was about to start. How many bands were going to play? The young man opened the window and climbed out. He felt the wind blowing in his hair. His hair was getting long. Had his father told him to get a haircut?

The young man jumped off the roof onto the ground. Did he hurt his foot? He stood up and began to walk. He heard his sister’s voice. He did not stop to listen to her. He began to run. How far was it to the concert?

Dinner time came and went. The son did not come down to eat. The father went upstairs to find his son. The son was gone. Where was the son?

What is going to happen now?

Where and when do you think the story took place? Why do you think that?


Do you want to practise this interactive story with a real person? Leave your details at the bottom of this page like this:

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