Tuesday, January 13, 2015

What do you do after a fire? English Conversation lesson

How do you prepare for a fire in your house?  I have never had a fire in my own apartment, but one Friday night there was a fire on the floor below in our apartment building.  The renters lit their Shabbat candles, went out, leaving the window open.  The candles fell over and the fire smoldered and burned until 12:00pm the fire department was called.  They had to break the burglar-proof door down, but the fire was contained in that apartment and didn't spread.  What did my husband and I do?  We went directly to an insurance company and bought coverage for our apartment.   We were lucky.

Read this article and discuss it with your English teacher

Key Terms
ous combustion
 St. Elmo’s fire 
chaotic scene
flames going
large leap of faith
 multiunit buildings
complex claim
caught off guard
space heaters
electrical cords
adjustergut renovation
jacked up
 coverage buckets 
 loss of use
establish ownership
national franchise

What is surprising about how Mr. Slutskin's fire started?
Why would you think that he would be able to deal with the aftermath of a fire?
What was disturbing for Mr. Sluskin while the firefighters were putting out the fire? 
Where did they stay after the fire?
How long did it take for them to go back home?  What did they do in the meantime? 
Do you think that the insurance company gave them enough money? 
Why would more fires start in the colder months?
How can that be prevented?
How do you prepare for a fire?
Do you have a smoke alarm in your house? 
What kind of fire insurance do you have?
What would you put into a fire-proof box?
Which of your possessions is most important for you to insure?
Has any of your friends or relatives been the victim of a fire?
What did they do?  Did they have insurance?

Lesson Plan by Rachael Alice Orbach - Professional English Teacher 

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