Collaborative idea generation for ELT

The World

This is the world map from Wikipedia. On the site it can be edited and coloured to create different maps depending on the topic of the page it is attached to. Here is the generic map (slightly outdated in terms of country borders):

World Map

From Wikimedia Commons

What would you do with this map in your classroom? You can make any assumptions you like about the context it is used in. Post your ideas in the comments below. There are no wrong answers

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(P.S. If anyone has any suggestions for future prompts, please let me know!)

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Comments on: "The World" (2)

  1. I used a world map to create student groups. In the first lesson, students wrote a post-it note with their name on it and stuck it to a country which started with the same letter. Whenever I wanted to rearrange groups, I would draw imaginary lines on the map to divide the students – for example – everyone north of the line in one group, and south in another. Or divide them by continents.
    Not sure if that makes sense!

  2. I like using world maps with small groups of learners (up to about 8). There seems to be something really appealing about huddling around a map. Everyone usually has something to share, so it’s a great way to get to know more about each other – where they’re from, where they’ve lived, where they’ve visited, where they’d like to visit, how they travelled to Scotland, languages they speak and anything else that comes up. Sometimes it’s enough just to lay out the map in front of people to get them talking. Other times, I’ll ask gentle prompt questions to guide the conversation and let it run as long as it feels comfortable.

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