Module 13: Family
In this module, you will learn vocabulary related to family members and relationships, as well as how to talk about family traditions and roles. You will also practice basic conversation incorporating Australian family values and customs. Understanding and discussing family is important for daily life, building relationships, and learning about cultural differences.
Vocabulary related to Family Members and Relationships:
1. Immediate family: mother, father, sister, brother, son, daughter
2. Extended family: grandparents, grandchildren, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, cousin
3. In-laws: father-in-law, mother-in-law, sister-in-law, brother-in-law
4. Marital status: single, married, divorced, widowed, partner, spouse
5. Relationships: boyfriend, girlfriend, fiancé, fiancée, husband, wife
Talking about Family Traditions and Roles:
1. To describe your family members, use “My” followed by the appropriate noun. For example, “My mother is a teacher” or “My brother lives in Sydney.”
2. To discuss family traditions, use “We” or “My family” followed by a verb and a description of the tradition. For example, “We always have a big dinner on Christmas Eve” or “My family goes on a vacation together every year.”
3. To talk about family roles, use the name of the family member or their relationship to you, followed by their role or responsibility. For example, “My father takes care of the finances” or “My sister is the main caregiver for our grandparents.”
Basic Conversation Practice Incorporating Australian Family Values and Customs:
Australian families are generally known for their laid-back and egalitarian values. They often place importance on spending time together, enjoying outdoor activities, and maintaining a work-life balance. Family structures can be diverse, including nuclear families, single-parent families, and blended families.
Practice discussing family with the following conversation prompts:
1. “What are some family traditions that you enjoy or find interesting?”
2. “How do you and your family spend time together on weekends or holidays?”
3. “What are the different roles and responsibilities within your family?”
4. “How do family values and customs in your culture compare to those in Australia?”
5. “What do you think is the most important aspect of maintaining a healthy family relationship?”
In this module, you have learned vocabulary related to family members and relationships, as well as how to talk about family traditions and roles. You have also practiced basic conversation incorporating Australian family values and customs. This knowledge is important for daily life, building relationships, and learning about cultural differences.