This packet includes:
1) 5-page printable worksheet (Word and PDF format);
2) 11-slide PowerPoint presentation (with key and footnotes);
3) Links to two free topic related videos.
Download the files and edit them if necessary, but please don’t share them with other people.
The worksheet includes pictures referring to English words used in other countries, a world map and a map of the UK to locate the different English speaking countries, a crossword puzzle about the UK and gap filling exercises.
The PowerPoint presentation
The PowerPoint presentation is also a great asset, not only because it will provide you with the visuals for all the activities, but also because it contains the answer key to all the exercises as well as some tips on the footnotes of each slide.
Both videos help the students understand the difference between the UK and Great Britain. One of them is for advanced learners but it is also useful for teachers as a prep activity.
Putting it to the test
I have used these resources mostly as a back to school icebreaker for beginners and elementary students. I have used it with both teenagers and adults. It is great to break the ice in classes with students of different levels, because even those at the lowest levels will feel confident to take part in the lesson. Although I thought the answers were all quite obvious the first time I planned a lesson about this topic, I was quite surprised to see how little some of the students knew about the English-speaking world, so I started adding some more information, so that at the end of the lesson the students got to use most of the information repeatedly. At home, students can do some research to find out the other English-speaking countries not identified in class. They can later share the result of their research with the class.
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Keywords: English speaking countries, United Kingdom, UK, Great Britain, icebreaker, World map, UK map, first lesson, back to school, EFL.