This is an activity designed by Ben Hammond at International House, London, who teaches Contemporary British Culture. It's part of a project called 'Great Britons' and uses articles and visual material to explore the lives of people who were nominated by a 2003 media survey of the most important people in British history. The project uses a task-based learning approach (See Jane Willis's blogs as the last Guest Contributor)and in the activity below Ben uses the lexical approach to teach expressions centred on explaining why people are considered important. Ben uses this activity to teach British culture but it can also be used about your own culture. The level is upper intermediate to FCE and is really aimed at young adults but the language can be simplified for lower language level students. Here's how I might teach it. PREPARATION Prepare a text, as follows: OPINION _____ was the first of his/her kind. _____ is my personal hero/heroine. Without doubt _______ is/was in a class of his own. _______ is the undisputed number one. He/She is the greatest ______ that ever lived. He/She is the most successful _____ of all/his/her time. BACKGROUND He/She was the king/queen of ... (ing). _________ is often praised for ... (ing). He/She single handedly ........ He/She revolutionised ... You can credit ______ with ... (ing). His/Her achievemnts are timeless. REASON The thing that most people remember about ______ is... He/She was criticised/praised for ... (ing) He/She was in the right place at thew right time. ....... is why he/she was/ismy number one. Photocopy one for each member of the class. IN CLASS 1 Give out the sheets and check the students understand each phrase. 2 Ask the students to think of their 'number one' but not to tell anybody. 3 Ask the students to write about their 'number one', without saying the name. They must choose one sentence from each section - Opinion, background and reason. 4 Go round and give any extra help needed on vocabulary. 5 Get the class to work in pairs and read their 'number ones' to each other. The other person has to guess who their partner is refering to. 6 Finally, get individual students to read out their 'number ones' to the class. Can the class guess who they are refering to? 7 At the end of the activity the class can vote for the class top three 'number ones'. By the way, in the original UK Top Ten Britons survey the number one was British wartime Prime Minister, Winston Churchill.