Language Resident Name: Zehuang Cao (Johnson)

Day and Date: Monday, April 20, 2015

Language and Level (intermediate or advanced class): Chinese Intermediate 011

Class theme/topics discussed:

Renting an Apartment in China

Goal of the class:

  • To help students understand how to rent an apartment (step by step) in China;
  • To give students some key words and expressions for renting;
  • To draw students’ attention to some matters in renting an apartment.

How did you structure the class?

  1. Warm-up question for the students: Did you or your family rent an apartment/house in the U.S.? How was your renting experience?
  2. Teach the students some useful words and expressions for renting;
  3. Introduce in great detail how to rent an apartment in China;
  4. Talk about how to find a nice roommate if one has to share an apartment/a house;
  5. Ask the students to discuss some renting issues/scenarios they may encounter and try to figure out their solutions;
  6. Wrap up this topic.

What technology, media or props did you use? (internet resources, playmobiles, handouts, etc.)


What worked well in this class? What did not work?

The students liked to talk about their renting experience and the real issues they came across. When they described those actual issues, they used some English as it’s challenging for them to depict those scenarios in Chinese.

How could this class be improved/ modified?


If you have a more detailed lesson plan, please attach it below (OK to use target language for that). Please attach any handouts as well.


  1. 租房:rent a house/apartment
  2. 房东:landlord/landlady
  3. 租客:tenant
  4. 房产中介:house agency
  5. 宿舍:dormitory
  6. 学生宿舍楼:residence hall
  7. 市中心:downtown   郊区:outskirts
  8. 租金:rental
  9. 押金:security deposit
  10. 公共交通:public transportation
  11. 水费:water bills
  12. 电费:electricity bills
  13. 煤气费:gas bills
  14. 洗衣费:laundry fee
  15. 家具:furniture     设备:facility
  16. 起居室/客厅:living room
  17. 卧室:bedroom
  18. 卫生间:bathroom/restroom
  19. 厨房:kitchen
  20. 车库:garage
  21. 签合同/签租约:sign a lease
  22. 入住通知:move-in notice