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We're lost


Discuss with your partner:

What different ways of travelling are there where you live?
Which kind do you like most / least? Why?
Can you think of any other ways of travelling that you want to try?
Do you enjoy the journeys you make every day? Why? / Why not?

We're lost

VOCABULARY Places in town
1 Can you find all of these things in the picture? Which ones can't you find?

a bridge
a church
a crossing
a crossroads
a monument
a playground
a police station
a roundabout
a sports ground
a subway
a town hall
traffic lights
2 Complete the sentences about places where people live with nouns from Exercise 1.

1.There's a nice _____ in the park near my house. I sometimes take the kids there.
2.In the centre of town, there's a big _____ to the people who died in the war.
3.My dad's a member of the local council. He works in the _____.
4.When you come to the _____, take the second exit.
5.They're building a new _____ over the river at the moment.
6 Is there a _____ near here? I need to report a crime.
7 I live really near a big _____. It gets very noisy on match days.
8 There's a huge traffic jam in the centre of town because the _____ aren't working.

3 Work in pairs. Tell your partner about where you live, work or study. What things are there?
There's an old church near where I work.
There's a subway under the main road near my house.

4 🔊 Listen to a couple on holiday asking for directions. Answer the questions.

Where are they trying to get to?
What problems do they have in each conversation?
How do they travel?
Do they get to where they want to go in the end?

5 🔊 Choose the correct option. Then listen again and check your answers.
Do you know the road / way to the museum from here?
It's / Is better to get a bus.
It's directly opposite of / opposite the town hall.
Go down this road. Take / Turn the second road on the right.
What bus he said / did he say we need?
Is this the correct / right bus stop for the museum?
Is it near to / near here?
You got off / went off at the wrong stop.
Just keep going / go. It's maybe half a mile.
You can't miss / lose it.
6 Work in groups. Discuss these questions.
Do you ever ask for, or give, directions? Can you remember the last time?
Can you remember a time you had problems finding a place? What happened?
Do you like going to museums? If yes, do you have a favourite? Why?

Giving directions
Certain phrases are commonly used when people give directions. Keep a record of any new phrases you learn. Notice the prepositions used in each.

Go down this road.
Take the second road on the right.
You need to go over the road.
Go past a monument.
It's on the left.

7 Complete the directions with the prepositions in the box.


So first, cross 1________ this big road here. There’s a crossing over there that you can use or you can go 2________ the subway, under the road. Then walk 3________ the edge of the park and 4________ an old church until you come 5________ some traffic lights. Turn left 6________ the lights and go straight on. It’s 7________ your right – directly 8________ a big bookshop. You can’t miss it.

8 Draw a map that shows the places in Exercise 7. Then draw a line to show the way.

9 Work in pairs. Compare your maps and discuss any differences.

10 Write a short email giving directions to your home from one of the following places:

your school or workplace
the nearest train station or bus stop

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