Teaching Street Locations in English
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Teaching Street Locations in English

Teaching street locations can be done in conjunction with teaching the location of favorite tourist spots. here are some tips to the process of getting people to efficiently communicate where an address is.

Whenever teaching street locations, try to get the students to think out of the box. There are many activities to use to get them going and to help them put their learned English into practice.Locations are not just where houses or stores are on a street but also where you are relative to those locations or where you are as opposed to an opponent on a game board. Anywhere where there is going to be movement from one place to the next will involve thinking about locations and this will often tie in the use of particular prepostions that one learned earlier in the course to locate objects relative to one another.

One way to get students started is to introduce the element and then incorporate role plays so that the element can be practiced. After the role play the same element can be used in conversation as to how the person travels to other locations of interest from his house.This way the language teacher is incorporating the presentation of the new element, its practice and then allows the student to produce similar sentences on his own.In language teaching this is called the 3 Ps.

Even before this all gets started, it is wise to present a visual with the names of businesses and where they are in relation to the speaker. Businesses can be associated with street locations so the student can practice a variety if prepositions. However if the teacher wants his group to remain focused only on streets then he can incorporate the use of businesses and how they function at a later date. For that matter there may have been a previous lesson where the student has already learned business names and the associated job title that goes with them.

A good idea is to  draw out a simple street plan in relation to where the student lives and if there is a group all living in the same neighborhood all the better, as these students will be curious to know the layout of streets their classmates live near. The street layouts might be incorporated into a game and so the lesson becomes a game, where the student has to be the first to start from a random location and get home while passing through obstacles on his way.

Something like combining street names to an international game of snakes and ladders might work very well where the student reaches a point along his route home and if he hits the tail of snake he would slide back to an earlier spot he had on the route. Similarly if he reached a ladder then he would climb up to position further along his route. The teacher can use his/her imagination to make the trip more interesting.

Remember to be clear on certain forms of speech you want the student to learn as he is finding his way from one street to the next. Don't forget that the same plan can be used to talk about how one could move between one store location to another. The exercise is embellished if students are asked which location is closer to or farther from the reference point.

Roles plays involving one student playing a foreigner can be incorporated on the the same street map or one the students are familiar with. Then the student can introduce sentences that start with, "could you help me", or "I am looking for...".The other student may reply with directions that may incorporate cardinal points or references to well known locations that could be taught in conjunction with street locations.

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