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Asking for and understanding simple directions.

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Set of 6 maps: A1, A2, A3, B1, B2, B3.

1 Give each learner a set of three maps - set A and set B. In pairs, they take turns in asking where the places indicated are and note their location on their map from their partner's reply.

2 At the end of the activity maps are compared - they should be identical. These can be retained as portfolio evidence.



Using the language of units 5 and 6 to talk about places in an open-ended way, giving learners a choice in what they say.



1 Prepare by presenting matrices of possible sentence structures used to talk about a town.

(non) c'
ci sono
una farmacia
due alberghi
in centro
dietro la stazione
in Highgate Road


il cinema
la piscina
i negozi
in centro
ogni giorno

2 Ask learners, working in groups of two, three or four, to imagine they're talking to someone from Italy about their home town / village. Give them a fixed time (10-15 minutes) to come up with as many simple statements as they can, e.g.

C' una piscina.
Non c' un teatro.
Ci sono due supermercati.
La banca chiusa domenica.
C' un ristorante italiano in High Street.
La questura in centro.
Ci sono molti ristoranti.
C' un mercato ogni venerd.

An element of competition enhances this activity.

3 At the end of the time allowed, each group reads out one of their statements in turn until all the prepared statements are exhausted. The activity can be further consolidated and / or extended by asking questions to the group as a whole, e.g.

C' un ristorante cinese?
Il supermercato aperto oggi?


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