¿Qué se necesita para recibir a

un estudiante

durante el verano?


¿A qué estudiante


durante el verano?

escribe una carta de introducción

¿Qué regalo le darías?

¿Cómo te sientes acerca de

compartir un dormitorio?

crea tu PERFIL

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Right now, this lesson has two main parts and may take two-three classes if you do all of it: “Would you HOST an exchange student?” and “Would you BE an exchange student?” Depending on your school/students, you may only want to do one part. As the unit develops, we are going to break this into two separate lessons.

This would also be a great time to invite a guest speaker (someone who did a stay abroad or a coordinator of a program).

Grammar in Context: Conditional

Vocabulary: host family, exchange, stay


  • Download “Profiles”
    • Remove the school/area on the top of the first page before you share them if you are using the questions (that answers one of the inference questions).
  • Download/Print “Homestay Interpretive” sheet for each student.

Introduce Objective 

Start by introducing the daily objective. By the end of the lesson, they should be able to do this at their proficiency target.

Part of the purpose of this lesson is to give them the idea that they could host an exchange student this summer. Connect with a local program to get more information.


What is needed to host a student? This question will be answered throughout the lesson, so just gather their predictions for now.

Have they ever met an exchange student?

Tell them to write down any other questions they have about hosting a student. Then see if they can find the answers throughout the lesson and/or using the links.


Show the videos to give them an idea what it is like to host a student. There are links just in case you want additional information.

Thanks to Language & Friendship for these real bios! They are a homestay program that covers a lot of the midwest. We highly recommend them if you are looking for a group.

Bios of Exchange Students

Remove the school/area on the top of the first page before you share them if you are using the questions (that answers one of the inference questions).

In the “meaning from context section,” let them write in two phrases that they don’t know.

Pair up students. Give them one or two pages from the bios and the interpretive sheet. Let them answer the questions.


Eventually we will have some videos of exchange students answering these in videos:

Introducciones/Presentaciones en vídeo (nombre, edad, deportes/pasatiempos, familia, mascotas, etc.)

Vídeo de antes de la estancia 

¿Por qué quieres hacer una estancia en familia?

¿Qué estás esperando?

¿Qué quieres hacer/probar allí?

¿Cómo te sientes al vivir con otra familia? ¿Estás nervioso? ¿Entusiasmado? ¿Asustado? (Explícalo un poco)

Vídeo de después de la estancia 

¿Qué hiciste allí?

¿Cuál fue el momento más memorable allí?

¿Qué aprendiste? ¿Cómo has cambiado?

Indica dónde vives y dónde realizaste tu estancia en la casa de la familia anfitriona. ¿Qué era similar y qué era diferente?

¿Qué le dirías a alguien que está pensando en alojarse en una familia anfitriona, pero aún no está convencido de querer hacerlo?

Introduction Letter

Let them pick one student that they would host. Now they will write an introduction letter back.  They may want to share information about their lives, their family, things they will be doing this summer, what their family life is like (chores, a typical day), and what the room/bed situation would be, etc.

Related Questions

There are few other questions to spark some curiosity and get some discussions going. 

What gift would you give to your exchange student? -easy to pack/represents your home

Create their bio

Now they will create their bio to be an exchange student. It can be written or a video.

Check for Learning / Reflect

Let them answer the question at the end to see if they can do it at their proficiency target.

You can mark their “Objective Sheets” if they can do it at their proficiency target.

Remind them to be working on their experiences, especially if one relates to this objective.

If they are using the “Unit Vocabulary Sheet,” give them time to write down what they learned today.

Extension Ideas:

  • They research and compare places to do an exchange program (now or later through a college). 

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