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I hope Scott and Luke won’t mind me borrowing their Teaching Unplugged activity framework here…

Where’s Ireland?

Image from geography.about.com

 

Think about it

Maps are great resources for the classroom, and outline maps even more so. If you’re doing a lesson looking at recommending places to visit in country X, why not turn this on its head and ask the students to make recommendations about their countries?

Get it ready

Find out which countries your students are from and print off copies of outline maps of these. These can be found at this link: http://geography.about.com/library/blank/blxindex.htm. Print off a copy of your country as well.

Set it up

Mark three interesting places on your outline map and stick it up where everyone can see it, but not on the board (which you will need). Without saying anything, wait for the class to speak. They may make guesses about the places you have marked. Invite them to ask you questions to find out about the places. Tell them about the places, but don’t mention them by name yet. When you have had a short conversation, reveal the place names, elicit any questions the class came up with or phrases you used and write these on the board. Hand out outline maps and ask everyone to mark their own three interesting places.

Let it run

  • In pairs or small groups, let the class ask each other about their interesting places. While they are doing this, monitor and help with language, making notes on any points you would like to look at.
  • Ask everyone in the class to change pairs or groups so they can speak with someone different, and repeat.
  • After this, ask everyone to return to their original place.

Round it off

Ask everyone to report back on one interesting place they heard about (not from their own country/area) and write a short paragraph recommending visiting this place.

Post all the paragraphs on the board and vote on the most interesting one.

Go over language as necessary.

 

Reference:

Selecting stimulus to share – Lessons on location, Teaching Unplugged pp48-51, Luke Meddings and Scott Thornbury, Delta Publishing

http://www.deltapublishing.co.uk/titles/methodology/teaching-unplugged