Vildan Vildan

TP7 | Cities and Towns
Upper-Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will widen their range of vocabulary and phrases to describe a place and they will practice them by writing an informative paragraph about a place at the end of the lesson.


Main Aims

  • To provide clarification, review and practice of useful vocabulary and phrases in the context of describing towns and cities.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide product writing practice of a a paragraph in the context of describing a place.


Warmer/Lead-in (4-6 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

(The teacher starts by releasing the topic of the day) “Today, I’m going to tell about you the most important three places in my life. First I’d like begin with Salihli. Why is it important in my life? Do you have any prediction? ” (The teacher gets the feedback and goes on) “Yes, it is my hometown. I was born in Salihli. Now, I want to give some information about my home town. When I’m speaking could you please pay attention to these questions?” (The teacher shows the questions written on a large piece of paper.) • Where is it? • What is Salihli famous for? • What are the main tourist attractions in Salihli? “Before starting, could you please tell me, what am I going to talk about? Will you just listen to me or will you pay attention to these questions while listening? ” (The starts telling about Salihli by showing pictures) “Salihli is a large town. It is a district of Manisa Province in the Aegean regian of Turkey. It is located on İzmir-Ankara highway. It is situated on the slopes of Bozdağ Mountain along with fertile plain of the Gediz River. It is about 90 km from İzmir. Sardes is the name of the most famous historical site in Salihli. It is definitely worth seeing because there is one of the largest ancient temples in the world (The Temple of Artemis) and it is visually impressive. The Kursunlu thermal springs also attract many local tourists. They enjoy healing hot pools for relaxation. It’s famous for its grape, cherry and grilled meat. People who pass by Salihli generally stop by a very good road side cafe which is called Degirmen Odun Kofte and try its grilled meat.” (The teacher asks the answers of the questions and gets feedback) “Can you get the answers? So where is Salihli? What is Salihli famous for? What are the main tourist attractions in Salihli?”

Useful Language (8-10 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for coming productive tasks

(The teacher gives out the materials for match up activity) “These sentences have been split into two halves, and mixed up. In your groups, try to pair them up again, please.” (The teacher asks ICQ) "What are you going to do? Are you going to work individually? Ok. You've got 3 minutes!" (After 3 minutes, teacher gives out the answer key. Then the teacher asks CCQ) Is Manisa a district, or a province? Is Marmara a province or a region (/’ri:.dʒən/)? Think about the location of Sinop, it is in which region? In the Black Sea region. (Central Anatolia, Black Sea, Mediterranean (/medɪtər’eɪniən/), Aegean, Marmara, South-Eastern (/’i:stən/) Anatolia, Eastern Anatolian.) Istanbul is situated on two.............................? (two continents) What are the other ways of saying “worth (/wɜ:θ/) seeing”? (It’s worth a visit / it’s worth visiting or you can say it’s a must-see) Our view here is visually impressive? What are the main tourist attractions in Istanbul? (or you can say the blue mosque attracts many tourists) How do we pronounce the word “tourist”? Is it right to say turist? (/’tʊərɪst/) Kayseri is famous for .......? (its apricot, /’eɪprɪkɒt/) Çorum is famous for...........? (its chickpea) Edremit is famous for............? (its olives)

A short semi-controlled speaking practice (4-5 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target language

"Now, I want you to work in pairs and tell each other your hometowns and their locations by using the phrases. For instance, Sertaç what is the name of your town/village? In which region is you hometown situated / located? What is your hometown famous for? What are the main tourist attractions in your hometown? Now , you've got 5 minutes!"

Useful Language (2) (5-7 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful words and phrases for coming writing task

(The teacher shows the pictures on the WB) “Do you know this city? Yes, it’s İzmir. İzmir is also one of the most important cities for me because I studied in İzmir for 5 years. Can you please help me to match these words with the pictures? Thank you. Here we see a spectacular view of İzmir. If you go to Kordon, you can have a cold beer with a spectacular İzmir view. What about İstanbul? If you go to the Çamlıca Hill you can see the most spectacular Bosporus view. Where is the best sandy beach in İzmir? Where are Turkey’s best sandy beaches? Do you know the İzmir International fair? It is a large event actually. It is more like a trade fair at which companies show and sell their products and try to increase their business. Can you remember any other large event in Turkey? What about Antalya Film Festival? Izmir Clock Tower is a historic clock tower located at the Konak Square in Konak district of İzmir. So it’s a historic landmark. What is the synonym for landmark? It’s monument (/’mɒnjəmənt/)"

Useful Language (3) (4-5 minutes) • To highlight and clarify adjectives for comparing cities.

"After university I came to Istanbul to find a job in 2005 and I never went back to my hometown because Istanbul has full of life. I have a plenty of things to do here. However, there are times that I really miss my peaceful hometown and I definitely want to live in İzmir a few years later. Now there are many adjectives as you can see. You should pick one and decide which adjective best describes Salihli, İzmir or Istanbul." (At the end, teacher points out some of the adjectives.)

Writing task (8-10 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice writing skills

The teacher tell them to write a paragrapgh about a place that they have chosen and when they have finished, they are to stick their paragraph on the wall for others can read it.

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