The Reading / Listening - Homes for Sale - Level 4

It is a dream come true to get on the property ladder. A town called Sambuca in Sicily is selling houses for just €1. This is because of a decline in its population. The number of residents is falling because young people are moving to cities. The mayor says the houses will sell quickly because his town is so attractive. It overlooks the Mediterranean Sea and is close to picturesque beaches. It has a lot of heritage, with cobbled streets and Arabesque architecture.



There is a small catch to this bargain - the buyer must spend $17,000 on repairing the property. The town owns the houses, so there is little red tape when buying a house. The deputy mayor said, "you'll get [a house] in no time". He said buyers would love the town because it is located in a natural reserve and has gorgeous beaches, woods and mountains. He said: "It's silent and peaceful - an idyllic retreat for a detox stay."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Homes for Sale - Level 5 or  Homes for Sale - Level 6

Sources
  • https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/one-dollar-home-sambuca-sicily-italy/index.html
  • https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/sambuca-italy-house-buy-town-sicily-property-a8731761.html
  • https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6600011/Sicilian-town-sells-dozens-homes-glorious-views-Med-just-90p.html


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. It is a dream
  2. get on the property
  3. a decline in
  4. The number of residents
  5. houses will
  6. It has a
  7. cobbled
  8. Arabesque
  1. lot of heritage
  2. is falling
  3. architecture
  4. sell quickly
  5. streets
  6. ladder
  7. come true
  8. its population

Paragraph 2

  1. There is a small catch to
  2. spend $17,000 on repairing
  3. there is little red
  4. The deputy
  5. you'll get a house in no
  6. it is located
  7. It's silent
  8. an idyllic
  1. tape
  2. in a natural reserve
  3. retreat
  4. time
  5. and peaceful
  6. mayor
  7. this bargain
  8. the property

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

It is (1) ___________________ true to get on the property ladder. A town called Sambuca in Sicily is selling (2) ___________________ €1. This is because of (3) ___________________ its population. The number of residents is falling because young (4) ___________________ to cities. The mayor says the houses will sell quickly because his town is so attractive. It overlooks the Mediterranean Sea and is (5) ___________________ beaches. It has a lot of heritage, with (6) ___________________ Arabesque architecture.

There is a small (7) ___________________ bargain - the buyer must spend $17,000 on repairing the property. The (8) ___________________ houses, so there is little (9) ___________________ buying a house. The deputy mayor said, "you'll get [a house] (10) ___________________". He said buyers would love the town because it is (11) ___________________ natural reserve and has gorgeous beaches, woods and mountains. He said: "It's silent and peaceful - an (12) ___________________ a detox stay."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Itisadreamcometruetogetonthepropertyladder.AtowncalledSambu
cainSicilyissellinghousesforjust€1.Thisisbecauseofadeclineinitspop
ulation.Thenumberofresidentsisfallingbecauseyoungpeoplearemov
ingtocities.Themayorsaysthehouseswillsellquicklybecausehistowni
ssoattractive.ItoverlookstheMediterraneanSeaandisclosetopictures
quebeaches.Ithasalotofheritage,withcobbledstreetsandArabesquea
rchitecture.Thereisasmallcatchtothisbargain-thebuyermustspen
d$17,000onrepairingtheproperty.Thetownownsthehouses,sotherei
slittleredtapewhenbuyingahouse.Thedeputymayorsaid,"you'llget[a
house]innotime".Hesaidbuyerswouldlovethetownbecauseitislocate
dinanaturalreserveandhasgorgeousbeaches,woodsandmountains.
Hesaid:"It'ssilentandpeaceful-anidyllicretreatforadetoxstay."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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