Could you tell me how to get to the Singapore Zoo?

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ALT: Amanda Heng

Class/Grade/Language Level: JHS 3年生 (regular class), group activity

Textbook and specific lesson: New Horizon, Unit 4 Speaking Plus 3, Pages 50-51

Goal: Students practise giving directions on how to get to the Singapore Zoo

Preparation: Print colour copies of the Singapore train map and boarding “tickets” (available below), worksheets (below), prepare a laptop and TV to screen a short video about the Singapore Zoo’s latest attraction, the River Safari.

Class time: 50 minutes to an hour (can shorten it depending on your needs)

Part 1 (50 mins)

1. Model dialogue with JTE twice
2. Comprehension check: where is the ALT now? Where does she want to go? Where should she change trains? What line should she take? Jot down the information on the board.
3. Repeat the dialogue after the ALT, then practise with a partner. Can also have the class take the part of the tourist and ask the ALT for directions, then switch roles.
4. Explain that they’ll be giving directions on how to get to the Singapore Zoo which just opened its latest attraction, the River Safari. Check if they know what “safari” means, then ask them to name some of the world’s famous rivers. (The River Safari features the Amazon, Nile, Congo, Ganges, Mekong, Yangtze and Mississippi rivers)
5. Screen the video – about two and a half minutes.
6. Explain that they are to form 8 groups. They are all going to the Singapore Zoo but from different starting points. They have to figure out how to get from their starting point to the zoo with the help of the train map. They are only allowed to change trains once at any of the four designated interchange stations.
7. Distribute the worksheets to the groups. Ask them to read the information on Page 1 aloud to you and take notes on the board, starting with where they should alight (2 stations) and then the names of the 4 interchange stations. Remind them they should change trains only once.
8. Turn to Page 2 of the worksheet for the model dialogue. Have them read the part of the tourist whilst the ALT reads the Singaporean’s part.
9. Distribute the boarding “tickets” and train maps and let them fill in the blanks on the worksheet. Walk around to help.


Part 2 – 15-20 minutes (can be adjusted or omitted)

10. Have students practise reading the new dialogue in their groups.
11. For more reading practice, have one group read their directions aloud to the class which collectively takes the part of the tourist. Each member of the group reads one line from the dialogue.


Tips

  • Having them read Page 1 of the worksheet aloud to you is useful since the information is new to them.
  • Some groups may get a little stuck on the interchange stations so walk around to help them out.
  • The bus numbers are read as single digits.
  • If you need to reprint a copy of the Singapore train map: http://www.smrt.com.sg/Portals/0/PDFs/Trains/NetworkMap22Dec13.pdf
  • It helps to mark the stations clearly on the map (except the boarding stations)
  • Find the video on Youtube – search for “Singapore River Safari Asia’s First”


Remarks

What my students enjoyed:
- Trying to figure out how to take the train, especially once they were clear about the interchange stations and where they had to alight.
- Trying to pronounce the names of some of the stations.


Downloadable worksheets

File:Riversafariboardingspots.pdf
File:Riversafariws.doc
File:Riversafarianswerkey.pdf
Train map