Talking about where you’re from is such a staple of language teaching that it’s almost become a cliche. Take a look at module one in almost any elementary or starter coursebook and talking about your hometown, albeit fairly superficially, will probably be there.

But then, look through to intermediate and upper-int and even advanced, and talking about something like where you’re from doesn’t appear to be considered much of a priority.

Unfortunately, a lot of coursebooks and language syllabuses seem to be under the impression that as you get better at a language, then you’re going to want to talk about more heady topics like politics and philosophy.

But the thing is, most of us talk about the same thing all the time: our jobs, our home, our family, our hobbies and … sometimes … our hometown.

As our students get better at English, it isn’t as if they start developing a desire to discuss Nietze and the perils of neo-liberalism (though, one or two certainly do).

Instead, they want to be able to talk about the normal, everyday stuff they learned in elementary. But just better.

In this video, I deal with over a hundred words and phrases that your students can use to talk about their hometown.

Kind of like back when they were doing it at elementary level. But just much better.

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