Look Like Landscapes

Posted on December 14, 2010

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Look Like Landscapes

This lesson makes use of a random Google Street View creator called Mapcrunch. Clicking on Go! will teleport you to randomly selected images of different places all over the world. The application allows you to hide the name of the location selected, so offers a good opportunity to focus on the language of speculation. The lesson is a probably best aimed at intermediate and upper-intermediate students.

Step One : Vocabulary and lead-in

Words for describing landscapes

  • Sort out any problems and do a bit of chatting with the vocab e.g. When was the last time you swam in a river? What’s the highest mountain you’ve climbed?
  • Tell your students about your favourite view, then ask them to do the same in groups of three or four.

Step Two : Grammar focus using Mapcrunch

Mapcrunch - Random Google Street View creator

  • Tell your students that you’re going to show them some randomly selected photos of different landscapes (or cityscapes) and that you want them to guess where they are located.
  • Show your students the example image on the home page of Mapcrunch. When doing this make sure that the hide location checkbox is checked. Use the 360 degree tool for panoramic viewing, but bear in mind that when you run your cursor over the image the name of the road will appear, giving away important information as to the location of the image.
  • Use the image to elicit/present/focus on the language of speculation:

> look + adj | look like (+ adj) + noun | look as if + sentence
> modals of deduction (must, might, may, could, can’t)

  • Deselect the hide location checkbox to reveal the location of the image.
  • Show your students more random images (click on Go!) for further practice.
  • To make the activity more interesting it’s a good idea to put students in pairs and get them to take it in turns to describe an image while the other looks away.
  • Note : This is also a good opportunity to present or practice continents and country names.

Step Three : Conversation activity

  • Ask your students to discuss the following questions in small groups.

Hope you enjoy the lesson!

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