These activities aim to help you prepare for ESOL speaking examinations and giving short, informal presentations. You will hear real a ESOL learner trying out the activities. In this activity, Kelly talks about living in a flat.


Task 1 - preparation

You are going to practise giving a 2 minute talk on this topic:

“It is better to live in a flat than a house."

(From Cambridge ESOL Speaking & Listening Level 1 Past Paper 7)

Before you start,  use this activity to help you think about the topic:

Task 2 - useful expressions

Task 3 - plan your talk

It’s important to organise your talk logically when you plan it. Look at the text of a talk given by an ESOL learner. It isn’t perfect, but it’s a good Level 1/Intermediate 1 standard. See if you can arrange the paragraphs in the correct order. When you have finished, click the play button to check your answers.

Which words/expressions helped you decide? Look at the text again, and make a note of them. For the answers, see "Answers" box below.

Task 4 - prepare your talk and record yourself

Now prepare your talk.  Think about what you would like to say, and try to use some of these expressions. 

You can make written notes, but don’t spend more than 2 minutes preparing them.

You can use your mobile phone to record yourself speaking. If you think you could improve, you can record yourself again.


When I was a child I lived in a house in the country.

I had my own bedroom, I had plenty of room, I could explore every square metre of land. It was really a pleasant life.

Then I left my country I went to France and I had to face … and I discovered life in flats. Inconvenient, a lot of noise, the rooms are smaller, and even if the rooms are smaller, the price is really expensive.

Advantages … because of the climate it’s good to have neighbours at your top, bottom and on every side because of the heating.

It’s a really ...... thing. You don’t need to maintain the roof or the paint, and I think it’s a good point. Depending on your age obviously, and your culture, I think a flat can be more suitable, especially for (the) elderly because it’s more secure and they don’t need to maintain the place.

On the other hand, when they have their house and a garden,

it can be an opportunity to exercise by planting and watering the flowers and vegetables.

Anyway, I think both life (lives) can be suitable as long as you are happy with that.


  • Do you think it is better to live in a house or a flat? Why?
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House is a good thing as in addition to all other things you have a staircase also which helps to keep a person fit.