To provide clarification of language used for giving directions,asking for directions and saying what you're looking for in the context of journey
To provide specific information listening practice using a text about giving directions and asking for directions in the context of journey
Procedure (24-41 minutes)
I'll focus the students' attention on the picture. I'll explain that the people in the car are Angie and Rick and that Rick is driving. I'll ask the students to read the questions and I'll play the recording for them to answer the question.Then I'll ask them to read and check answers together.
I'll ask the students to read the conversation again and complete the useful phrase. I'll play the recording for them to listen and check their answers. When they have done I'll ask several students to repeat the useful phrases individually,and I'll check that every one is pronouncing them correctly.
I'll show the students the map and ask them about the way to the library, bus station and police station. and let them ask and answer in pairs.
I'll clarify the meaning to the students and I'll explain to them that when we try to explain to someone what we are looking for we use : - excuse me , I'm trying to get to + place - excuse me we looking for the road to + place I'll explain also that when we ask for directions we use: - Do you know how we can get onto the ..............? - Could you tell me which we need to go? - Do you have any idea where the ...............is? I'll explain also that when we give directions we use : - you need to turn around and then take the first turning on the left / right - go to the end of the road and you will come to a roundabout. - go straight down here until you come to a ........................ - turn left / right and follow the signs.
I'll remind the students that we often use less direct language when asking questions to strangers, as it sounds more polite. I'll give them clear instructions and explain the example pointing out that excuse me is a polite way for attracting someone's attention. Then I'll put the students into pairs and ask them to rewrite the questions in less direct language. I'll chec answers with the class before asking students to take turns asking the questions and giving appropriate directions from where they are now.