The best thing of studying a language abroad is the chance you have to get to know people from different countries. At the moment we have many students coming from Spain, Brazil, Italy, and also Kazakhstan. What’s better than talking about Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, as in ‘Where and When’ Part 2 from Global Elementary? The lesson perfectly fits in with my class needs at the moment, plus it gives my students the chance to teach us something about their country and culture.
After revising adjectives, as suggested at the beginning of the unit, I asked each student to describe their city to a partner. At this stage students only had to listen to their partner without asking questions. They really enjoyed sharing differences and similarities between their cities!
After reading ‘The created capital’ I asked my students to prepare a few questions for our Kazakh students about Astana. This activity gave me the chance to elicit the use of question words and help them to correct their mistakes. It also gave students the chance to practise speaking without any intrusion from my side. Our Kazakh students were delighted to answer questions about their capital city! All students were very excited about the possibility of learning about Astana from people originally from there.
They further practised question words with the exercise after the grammar section.
I then grouped students coming from the same city or country and asked them to prepare a short presentation about it, based on the text they had just read in Global. At the same time students prepared three questions each to ask at the end of the presentation. Students were able, not only to learn something new about the English language, but they also learned something new about different cultures and cities.
This activity gave us, teacher and students, the chance to make the most out of our multicultural environment, where different traditions and experiences come together thanks to English and Global.