In every English classroom you can find a map of Great Britain. The
always associated with geography and used by teachers to show the parts
of Great Britain
and its capitals. But at the same time map is a great source of
activities challenging and
appealing to the students. I tried some of them in different groups of
elementary level up to upper-intermediate.
The aim of this activity is to enable students to find the isles on
which The United
Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Islands is situated.
The students look at the map and the teacher gives the key sentence:
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Islands is situated
on the British
Isles… What other isles you can find? All of them belong to Great
For further practice you can choose one or two to find more
You can also attract your students’ attention to the pronunciation,
the use of articles with geographical names.
You can choose one for further practice, for example Isle of Man.
I tried ‘gap filling exercise’, it’s pair work. The students ask
find information about Isle of Man
Country name: Isle of Man.
Government type: parliamentary democracy.
Administrative divisions: 24 local authorities each with its own
Suffrage: 18 years of age, universal
Head of Government: Chief Minister Richard Corkill.
Elections: the monarch is hereditary; lieutenant appointed by the
monarch for a five
year term; the Chief Minister is elected by the Tynwald; election last
held 6 December
2001(next to be held 2006)
Legislative branch: bicameral Tynwald consists of the Legislative
Council, the Lord
Bishop of Sodor and Man and 8 others named by the House of Keys and the
House of Keys (24
seats members are elected by popular vote to serve five year term)
Judicial branch: High Court of Justice
Dependency status: British crown dependency.
National holiday: Tynwald Day 5, July
Legal system: English common law and Manx Statue.
Executive branch- chief of state:
Lord of Mann Queen Elizabeth II, represented by LeutenantGovernor His
Marshal IanMacFadyen since 2000.
Cabinet: Council of Ministers.
Election results: Richard Corkill elected chief minister by the
Elections; House of keys –last November 2001 (next to be held
Flag description: red with Three Legs of Man emblem (Trinacria) in
the center, the
three legs are joined at the thigh and bent at the knee; in order to
have the toes
pointing clockwise on both sides of the flag, a two-sided emblem is
By asking questions the students compose rather long, interesting and
You can also attract your students’ attention to the pronunciation of
name by matching the word and the transcription.
Teachers can also introduce different cultural things
through the map:
- Flags, saints and emblems
England–red rose–St. George–flag (red cross on white field)
Scotland–thistle–St. Andrew–flag (white cross on white field)
Wales–daffodil or leek–St. David–flag (red dragon on red and
Northern Ireland– shamrock–St. Patrick– flag (red cross on white
- Different language skills may be practiced through the map.
For example: the degrees of comparison of the
Highest /lowest mountain
The most famous lake (Loch Ness)
Choose one and organize discussion.
For example: Loch Ness.
Give the students information about the lake and compare with
other lakes in Britain
and in the world.
Loch Ness a long, narrow and deep lake in the northern Highlands
of Scotland. It is
famous for the Loch Ness Monster, also known as Nessie.
The largest lake in Britain is Loch Lomond and the deepest is
And in the world the Caspian Sea and Lake Baikal.
Practicing different types of questions:
Look at the map, ask the students to choose a place, work in
pairs and ask your
Would you like?
- Give the students figures ask the students how they are
connected with Great Britain.
- 58 mln.
- 1344 meters
- 8 million
- 3147 miles from this place to New York
- 1848 miles from this place to Moscow
The population of Great Britain is 58 million people.
The highest mountain in Great Britain is Ben Nevis- 1344 m.
The population of London is about 8 million people.
The Thames river is 338km long.
While presenting map to the students try to be personal. If you
visited Britain or you
have exciting information about the country or any part of it make
most of it to motivate
students and to involve them in the process of learning.
I have already mentioned Land’s End in the article, I was there
in 1999 and there are
two things I’d like to share:
- Beautiful, dramatic, exciting. Land’s end is a unique, magical
place; a place of
legend and mystery with stunning natural beauty. It is a priceless
part of Britain
Heritage. Everyone who visits this place receives a certificate.
The Land’s End visitor’s certificate:
This is to certify that
------------------------------- (name of a person)
today set foot upon legendary Land’s End where since time began
the winds and mighty
seas of the Atlantic Ocean have gradually and relentlessly carved
their way into the high
granite cliffs of the Penwith peninsula. During the visit the above
participated in the general holiday atmosphere of the new and
exciting Land’s End
Date of visit.
Show the students this place on the map and give some
information, I think it’ll be
more interesting and one more chance to exploit the map.
2.There are a lot of seagulls in this place. I saw a very strange
inscription on the
table of open-air cafй "Be aware of seagulls”. My interest was soon
satisfied when I
was sitting looking at the waves of the Atlantic Ocean.
Suddenly someone took the sandwich off my hands. Who could it be?
It was a seagull! Seagulls were flying over the tables having
nice dinner. After that
in the local bookshop I bought a post card of a seagull with an
inscription: Public enemy
You have one-week holiday in Great Britain and your plane
tickets give stopover in
two or three places. Plan your trip. Where will you go and why? What
will you need to take
(sun tan cream, walking boots, camera, sunglasses, guide book etc.)?
You can even connect the map and teaching literature. Many
cities and towns are
closely connected with the names of famous writers and poets.
Stratford-upon-Avon- William Shakespeare;
Dublin- Oscar Wilde;
Dublin- George Bernard Shaw;
Daresbury- Lewis Carroll;
Limerick- Edward Lear
Let’s take one of the facts, for example, Limerick.
The name "Limerick” includes both a city and a county.
Location: the county of Limerick is located on
Ireland’s south –west coast
between Clare and Kerry.
County capital: Newcastle West.
Limerick city is set in the north- east Of County
Limerick on the mouth of the
Land area: 7.9 sq. miles.
Total population: 52.039 people.
Limerick is closely connected with poetry and the name of Edward
Edward Lear (1812-1888) – British artist, humorist
and traveller, the author
of the famous A Book of Nonsense (1846).
Limerick is a type of short funny poem.
- a limerick is humorous poem with five lines
- the second line always begins with "who’
- the rhyming schemes
d. the main character is first mentioned in the first line.
- the action is described in the third and fourth lines.
- the result is shown in the fifths line.
- it is always written in the past tense.
There once was an old man of Esser,
Whose knowledge grew lesser and lesser,
It at last grew so small
He knew nothing at all,
And now he is a college professor.
My students successfully wrote a lot of limericks.