I teach English and Geography at a Secondary school. The Hungarian Geography Curriculum contains a section which is about types of settlements. We divide settlements into groups according to their most typical economical features eg., tourist towns, agricultural towns, industrial towns and so on.
Learning about Hungarian settlements in English is useful as talking about tourism is part of the English curriculum. At the same time, describing settlement gave students the possibility to practice the Relative Clause. On the other hand, it seems to be very important to know as much as possible about our country to get to know and maintain our cultural heritage.
We started the work face-to-face, then because of the COVID-19 pandemic, schools closed down and we finished it online, using Zoom and Messenger. It is a creative learning activity, searching for information on the internet, working in groups and making a poster using a map and photos signalling the different types of settlements.
About my students
My students are between 17-19. They have been learning English for 3 years. My students have 5 English lessons a week. They learn Geography for two years in secondary education and this is their second year.
In this LS students can practice English, learn about settlements, find them on a map, draw, stick photos to a poster so they can be creative and every student in the class can add something to the task, as it needs different skills.
Why did we like the project?
It was fun. Students got to know about new settlement names, learned about their geographical functions without realizing it. They travelled in their country virtually by looking at Europeana photos. Last but not least, they used the English language as a tool and not as an aim of learning.
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