Letter 8 a: My hometown and my region


 
 

 

General
In this letter you are going to tell your partner about your own country. Some people have strange ideas about other countries, especially when they do not know them very well. They say, for instance, that the Dutch eat cheese every day and the English always wear bowler hats and fight at football matches. Of course, this is not true. We call these "views" stereotypes.

Content
Try to introduce to your partner your town (your village) and your region and by doing so use your knowledge. Tell her/him about the sights, what life is like here and so on. Don’t forget to write also the additional information

They say that we...


 

Hint 8 

Remember if you want to describe a place you use:

There is … (sing.)/There are … (plur.)
In my village/town/city there is ….

In my
village/town/city there are …
You can see … rhere.
The bank is….

 


Build your letter

Here are some sentences to help you:

As you know, I live in …, a town/a village in …
(Name of the town) has got approximately … inhabitants and is situated … met
res above the sea level in a/an ... area.
I like /I don’t like living in ..., because ....
I like it much/not much ...

I
would like ....
I
would never like ..., because …
I
know …/ I don’t know …

Here are some questions, which can help you complete your sentences or going on with your letter.

  1. What is the name of your town/village?

  2. In which region is it situated?

  3. Do you like living in your town/your village/your region? Why?

  4.  What do you think is beautiful/not so beautiful?

  5. How could you improve the negative aspects?

  6. What is there important, beautiful and interesting to see?

  7. What does your town/village offer? What can you do here?

  8. Which public facilities are here?

  9. Do you know what tourists think about your area?

  10. Would you like to live in another town, another village?

  11. Where would you never live? Why?

  12. How do you imagine the town/region where your partner lives?

Words

industrial area

calm

to visit, to go to see

opposite

crime

old

to do sightseeing

next to

climate

wonderful

to admire

over

landscape

spacious

to enlarge

across

shops

marvellous

to go on

below

power station

fertile

to renovate,

behind

waterfall

lively

to renew

above

surface

summer-like

to express an opinion

straight ahead

school district

protected

to take snapshots

near

unemployment

full of, rich in

to protect

in

pedestrian zone

quite

to walk

at

pollution

 

to flow

on

monuments

 

to enjoy

in front of

municipality, community

 

 

 

sports field

 

 

 

population

 

 

 

prejudice

 

 

 

mayor

 

 

 

inhabitants

 

 

 

car parks

 

 

 

green space

 

 

 

palace

 

 

 

 

After writing this letter you and your partners can:

1. gather information about your partners' town/area, read them carefully and ask questions/curiosities you have;
2.
collect useful links of your town/area and publish or email them to your partners so that they can explore your town/area
3.
prepare a leaflet (booklet) about your town/area called "Our town/region viewed by the eyes of class...":

  • choose from the letter you wrote your partner one thing you like and one thing you dislike about your town/area
  • create illustrations (either photos or drawings) for these two things
  • all the pupils in your class will be represented in this booklet through his/her sentences as well as the illustrations to go along with them

4. build web pages about your partners' town/area with the info gathered during a chat:

  • prepare a questionnaire about your partners' town/area

  • organise a chat session or two sessions between your partner's class and yours

  • answer your partners' questions and ask them the questions you need to build web pages about their town/area

5. You can organise videoconference about the topics mentioned above, if you have that technical possibility.

 
 

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