Describing your favourite city. Writing
To provide process writing practice of a short essay in the context of favourite cities
To provide gist reading practice using a text about The place where I live in the context of favourite cities
Procedure (34-51 minutes)
I put the pictures of some cities on the board (St. Petersburg, Moscow, Velikiy Novgorod, Kizhi, Paris). Elicitation questions: What is it on the pictures? (cities) What is so interesting about them? Have you visited them? Discuss in pairs: which one would you like to visit? Why? Class feedback. Comment: At the end of the lesson you are going to write a bit about your favourite city to live. Think about the city you like most.
I put some pictures of Porto on the board and ask Ss, whether they know it, although it is highly unlikely that they know the city. I say that they are going to read about this city now, distribute HO1 and ask them to read the text for 2 minutes and ask them to match the paragraphs and the headers (+1-2 minutes). What's famous for? 4 What's the weather like? 3 What's the best thing about it? Do you like living there? 5 Describe your home town. 2 Where do you live? Where is it? How big is it? 1 Pair check, class feedback.
Now Ss focus on the gaps in the text and make some predictions about what kind of words may fill in these gaps. Then I distribute HO2 with the words and ask Ss to match them with the gaps. 2 population 3 streets 4 museums 5 weather 6 beach 7 tourist 8 river 9 festival 10 atmosphere Pair check, class feedback.
I ask the Ss: what is your favourite place to live? Collect possible feedback and start forming groups. If some of the Ss are doubtful or don't know, I give the alternatives from the warmer (pictures). (Probable reaction: Moscow! - Ok, let's make a group of you three, please sit next to each other. What about St. Petersburg? - You three come together please. What about you? Do you like to write about Vladivostok? Or Veliky Novgorod? Choose one city and sit together). The outcome should be four groups of three students sitting near each other. They should decide on the actual writer, I give them a sheet of paper.
I divide the board into the following categories: sights weather city living (good/bad things about living in a city). What words do we need do describe weather/sights/city living? elicitation and brainstorming (see attached list of words). Other topics are also possible, but optional (e.g. history). Ss may use dictionaries or ask me for specific words if they need.
The Ss are supposed to write three paragraphs about their favourite city to live (weather, sights, good and bad things about living in this city). I monitor and assist them while writing.
The groups swap their writing and provide a feedback on task achievement. The checking questions: Did they write about each aspect (weather, sights, living)? Do you agree with their discription? What can be improved? Some things you are not sure about? After some preparation, one of the students from the peer group provide a short feedback to the whole class. I monitor and help students with the feedback. If there is some time left, Ss may improve their writing according to the feedback.