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Centenary Competition for Schools 2013 – Project 5

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This is the description of the fifth Project in the currently running Centenary Competition for Schools 2013.

Project 5: Welcome to my home town (ages 8+)

Description of project: Produce an audio or written guide for tourists to use when they visit your town or city.

Age group: The majority of the activities are for children aged 10+. Activity 1 is suitable for children aged 8+ and Activity 5 is more suitable for children aged 14+.

Activity 1 (aged 8+)

Talk to your students to find out which cities and countries they have visited. If you have a world map in the classroom, you can point out to students where these countries are – or get students to point them out. Ask how students knew where to go when they got to the country. Write ‘guidebook’ on the board and talk with your students about the different sections that you might find in a guidebook (for example, famous sights, transport, eating out, nightlife, etc.).

Focus: Speaking

Activity 2 (aged 10+)

Get your students to look at different examples of guidebooks. You could bring in some printed guidebooks so that students can look through them to see what sections there are and the type of information they can find in each section. You can also look at online guidebooks. A good site is, as you can search for countries and find guidebook information. If you want to give students a more structured reading activity – to practise scanning – you could make a worksheet of places and quotes from the website. For example: ‘Barcelona: Some of the rooms in this heritage building have balconies with waterfront views’. Students then have to work out that this quote is probably from the ‘hotel’ section of the guide. When they find the quote they have to write a detail about where it comes from (for this example it is Barcelona, hotels, Hotel Del Mar).

Focus: Reading

Activity 3 (aged 10+)

With the whole class decide which sections they would like in a guide to the town or city where they live. If students live in a variety of locations then choose the town or city nearby that is the most likely tourist destination. Write the sections that the class chooses on the board then divide the class into groups and allocate each group a section of the guidebook.

Focus: Speaking

Activity 4 (aged 10+)

Give each group a large sheet of paper so that they can produce a plan for the section that they have chosen. Get them to discuss their section and then get groups to visit other groups and look at their plans. Get groups to make suggestions to each other about things that could be added to the plan (e.g. places to see: museum, statue, etc.).

Focus: Speaking and Listening

Activity 5 (aged 14+)

Get each group to produce a design for their section for different age ranges (children, teenagers, etc.), setting out the main points to be covered in their section. Note that it will be easier to plan what certain age groups can do for some sections more than others –  Where to stay’, for example, is going to be more applicable to the whole family – although students may be able to comment on the facilities the hotel has for specific age groups.

Focus: Planning and Organisation

Activity 6 (aged 10+)

Review the use of modals in relation to the English used in guidebooks, like ‘you must see’, or ‘you should visit’; and imperatives like ‘try the octopus soup!’

Focus: Language Development

Activity 7 (aged 10+)

Ask your students to write descriptions for the different places that are written on their plan. You may want to put students into pairs for this, or more independent learners may want to work on their own. This could be quite a long activity, so to break it up, you could play a guessing game. At certain points the teacher shouts out ‘Where am I?’ and one student from each group reads out the description they are working on to the rest of the class and the class has to guess where the place is. At this point, the students could be given suggestions on how to improve their descriptions.

Focus: Writing and Speaking

Activity 8 (aged 10+)

Students work on producing their section of the guide to their city.

Focus: Writing

Activity 9 (aged 10+)

When the sections of the guide are finished, put them together to make a guidebook. Swap guidebooks with your Cambridge English Penfriends partner school (you will first need to match with a partner school).

Activity 10 (aged 10+)

Prepare a jigsaw reading activity. This is where groups of students read different parts of the booklet from the other school, then share information in a speaking activity.

Focus: Reading and Speaking

Written by Cambridge English Southern Europe

June 10, 2013 at 10:00 am

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