Letter 9: Showing you around


On Monday we will go to the Museum


In the previous letter the īstudents were asked to tell something about their own city / town and country. They will have received some personal information about their partner's country as well. In this letter, the īstudents will be able to elaborate on this. They will be asked to show their partners around. This must be done on three levels.  


Level 1: The immediate environment.

On this level, īstudents can write about their neighbourhood. They could mention things which they are particularly proud of. This level can include shops, the swimming-pool, playgrounds, and other local amenities.
Level 2: The wider area they live in.

On this level, īstudents can write about the area or the city / town in which they live. Famous sights or museums are some of the things that could be mentioned. Make sure that the īstudents try to explain why they have chosen these items. Tourist attractions can be included, but personal things about the area will probably be more interesting to their partners.

Level 3: The country where they live..

On this level, īstudents can write about the most famous sights of the country or places (theme-parks, swimming-pools) they have visited and enjoyed. Try to emphasize that they should try to find things that are typical of the country, without making the mistake of indulging in stereotypes.  

The assignment for this letter is to draw up a three-day-tour around their country. This tour should include one day on each level.

Each pupil can send his/her partner by email, as an attachment, one picture, one drawing or a small video which illustrates the information he/she sends his/her friend in each of the three levels. 

As in all the others, the general idea behind this letter is for children to get to know each other. Therefore, the list should include personal preferences.  Visiting the Arc de Triomphe will tell you nothing about the personal lives of French children.  A cheese farm is not closely connected to most Dutch children's lives. Going to the local swimming-pool to meet friends is no doubt far more important to them.

Afterwards each class can build an online guidebook on the three levels that were discussed in the letters. Students can imagine a three day tour with their partners. They can set up the programme introducing the places to visit and the things to do in each of the three days.  In order to illustrate the programme they can use photos or videos in all three levels (immediate environment, wider area and country).

It is also possible to build an online quiz based on the information conveyed in the letters, as well as in the  videos and photos.



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