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The Flatmates The Flatmates is our weekly online soap opera for learners of English.

The resources on this page will help teachers exploit the series and its materials in the classroom.

We also want to hear from you. How have you used 'The Flatmates' in the class and do you have any lesson plans or ideas you'd like to share?



The Flatmates
Ideas for using The Flatmates in class
Here are some suggestions for ways to use The Flatmates in your teaching:
  1. Prediction: show students the image for a particular episode (use the 'hide the text' feature) and get them to suggest a storyline to go with the image. Then play the episode and feedback on the similarities / differences between the predicted and real story.

  2. What's the vote? Students read / listen to an episode and predict what the vote and its outcome will be.

  3. Jumbled dialogue: give students the text of an episode, cut up line by line. They re-order the text and listen to the episode to check.

  4. Gapped dialogue 2: give students the text of an episode, but with one character's lines deleted. Students try to work out what the character is saying before listening to the episode to check.

  5. What happened next? Students write a dialogue either to extend an episode, or to create a follow-up episode.

  6. Role-play: Each student takes the role of one character from an episode and they role-play a continuation of the episode.
Click on the pdf link for these and more ideas for classroom activites involving The Flatmates.

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Lesson plans
Click on the pdf links for downloadable Flatmates lesson plans including teachers notes, student worksheets and answer keys. If you have a Flatmates lesson plan of your own, why not send it to us - we'd love to publish it!
Flatmates worksheets
Download these Flatmates worksheets for classroom use. And send us any Flatmates worksheets you'd like to share with other teachers!
A4 Flatmates posters
Download these A4 posters of The Flatmates for classroom use.
Flatmates cartoon strips
These blank cartoon strips are a great way for students to practice writing dialogues. They can create their own episodes of The Flatmates, or they can continue the dialogue of an existing episode. Just print and copy for an instant activity! And you can always cut up and re-assemble the cartoon strips to incorporate the characters any way you want. Have fun!
If you use any of these activities, please write to us and tell us how they went. And please let us know any ideas you have for more ways to use The Flatmates in the classroom we'd love to publish them - and any worksheets you'd like to share - on this page. You can contact us at teachingenglish@bbc.co.uk.
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Do you use The Flatmates in your teaching?
Please tell us about your favourite Flatmates classroom activity. If you use any of the materials in this area, please write to us and tell us how they went.

Mail us at teachingenglish@bbc.co.uk with any ideas you have for more ways to use The Flatmates in the classroom and send us any worksheets you'd like to share - we'd love to publish them in this area.


Click on the pdf link to get some hints and tips for making student worksheets:

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