Collaborative idea generation for ELT

Your local area

Just a phrase this week:

your local area

That’s it.
What would you do with your local area in and out of your classroom? You can make any assumptions you like about the context it is used in. Post your ideas in the comments below. All ideas are welcome (there are no wrong answers!)

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Comments on: "Your local area" (3)

  1. Hi Sandy! I have collected various flyers and leaflets from home over the last few years – local event info, bus timetables, tourist info, maps etc. I’ve used them in various ways. One activity that usually works well is an information search. I spread a selection of leaflets over the table, and give the students a list of questions on the whiteboard eg. How long does it take to get from Selkirk to Edinburgh by bus? or How much does a reduced ticket to Traquair House cost? etc. They can work individually or in pairs. Another activity could be to get your students to plan a holiday using these leaflets.

  2. I get my students to collect signs. We have a few that are specific to the island. We then discuss the idea of obligation/ prohibition and politics etc… and compare them with home.

  3. This is a really interesting question for me to consider because I’m an EFL teacher, so stepping outdoors doesn’t mean we’re in an English language environment. This makes it more of a challenge, but I like challenges so here goes…

    1) There is a park opposite. Simply, on a nice day, we could go to the park and have a stroll around. Just to break things up.

    2) There is a second hand bookshop nearby that sells English books. I’m planning to take my one to one student there when she’s finished the book she’s reading as a reward.

    3) There’s obviously a lot of vocabulary ‘out there’, so if, for example, I had a beginner student who needed to learn food related vocabulary I’d take him/her to the supermarket and wander around the aisles with them. Much better than a handout!

    4) If you’re teaching giving directions, you could ask the student to actually guide you to a location they know rather than draw it on paper etc. It would also create a framework for some genuine conversation along the way.

    5) Some former colleagues of mine used to organise a photo scavenger hunt by dividing the classes into groups and giving them a list of things they needed to photograph in the local area. This could be literal points of interest they have to locate, you could give them clues to things, or it could be random challenges like “take a picture with a stranger who is older than you.” It looked fun, and I’d like to try it myself.

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