Prompted by her local village photo calendar, Diana England from IH in Torres Vedras in Portugal has come up with this idea for teaching about village life and local customs in the UK.
She cut out the pictures from the calendar and pinned them up on the board in the classroom. She also wrote out explanatory notes for each picture, which were of village sports (cricket and football), Remembrance Day ceremonies, Christmas activities, such as carol singing and the nativity play, villagers photographed with prize-winning vegetables and fruit from their allotments and a traditinal village fete. Students were encouraged to read these before class started.
She also prepared some questions, such as:
1 What kinds of sports are played in village pubs?
2 What do you think Remembrance Day is?
3 What kind of music will you probably hear at a village fete?
1 Get the class to work in groups. (In a large class with fixed seating, the row in front can work with the row behind)
2 Write up some key words, such as Remembrance Day, Summer fete. The groups brainstorm the meaning.
3 Put some questions in an envelope (three or four to each group) and give them out. Each group can have the same questions or there may be some different ones.
4 One group member takes one question only from the envelope, goes to the board, finds the answer and comes back and tells another group member orally, who writes it down.
5 Another group member then takes another question and goes through the same process as in Step 4. Continue until all the questions are answered.
6 Finally, elicit the information from the class. The class check if the information they have received is correct.
7 At the end of the activity, elicit from the class what they have learned about village life and what the differences are between typical village life in the UK and in their own country. They can also write down the new words they have learned that are associated wirth village life.
The class can google or Wiki the terms they have learned in order to find out more. They can create their own display about typical vilage life in their country.
* information about an aspect of British culture
* teamworking skills
* oral and writing skills, accuracy anmd checking skills
NOTE: If you don't have a British calendar, think about other pictures you can use. Maybe there are pictures in the textbook, or pictures from a magazine or maybe you can draw some pictures.