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This is a conversation activity for adults (B2+) based around an article about a Dutch retirement home where university students can live rent free in exchange for spending time with the senior residents. It also includes Cambridge exam style open cloze and word formation exercises.
Lesson Plan:Dutch nursing home lesson plan
Article:Dutch nursing home offers rent
Open Cloze: Dutch nursing home open cloze
Word Formation: Dutch nursing home word formation
You can either split the class into groups to discuss the questions or conduct the discussion as a class. Warmer questions:
- What is ageism?
- Have you ever experienced it or seen an example of it?
- In what ways/situations are people discriminated against because of their age?
- Do you think older people are treated well in your society?
- What type of problems do elderly people face in modern society?
- How could this be improved?
- Do you think the way in which older people are treated has got better or worse in your lifetime?
- Are young and elderly people well integrated in modern society? If not how can we improve this?
Give out article and have students read it, clear up any vocabulary issues. Then give out the open cloze and word formation exercises.
- What do you think of the program?
- What are the potential advantages and disadvantages?
- Why would this program appeal to the students?
- Why would this program appeal to the elderly people?
- What would the students get out of the program?
- What would the elderly people get out of the program?
- Would you have liked/like to spend your university years living in a retirement home?
- Would you like to live in a home like this when you retire?
Follow up activity: Students write a CAE style essay, report or proposal on the topic of ageism and the retirement home program outlining pros and cons or highlighting advantages and disadvantages for the students and the elderly people.