I love to teach students visiting Toronto.
- I love to teach students visiting Toronto.
It gives me an opportunity to use lots of Realia in the classroom.
My favourite realia is using Maps to Teach English.
Maps offer ESL students with an excellent format for learning
English. Students can learn and use both concrete and difficult
abstract concepts when learning English with maps.
Students can learn basic math terms for scale and distance. Most maps
have a legend which lists dimensions, symbols and content. The
students can learn how the map is used to represent the world using
both the metric and imperial measurement terms and distances. Maps
show scale and a physical distance representation using graphs. It is
easy for students to see the one centimeter or one inch and how it
represents kilometers or miles in the real world. Students can also
learn how to convert measurements between the metric and imperial
Students can use maps to learn mathematical ratios. Using the map
scales the students can learn what one-to-one or 1:700,000 really
means and how ratios are used to draw maps in the correct
Students can use maps to learn spatial relationships. Adding time and
speed components allows students to plan trips and calculate each
travel section. My students love to use the free Ontario, Canada
Driving maps and use the distance cross-references to calculate
driving times. I pass out about 100 of the Ontario travel brochures
that promote Niagara Falls, Algonquin Park, Elora Gorge, Museums,
festivals, boat cruises, canoe trips, camping adventures and the
other wonderful things students can do while visiting Toronto. The
students want to see their favorite attractions or activities or
events. When you provide the information and maps the students will
learn an amazing amount of English motivated by their interests.
Students can plan day trips, pick two or three locations for a
weekend adventure tour and use the maps to plan a full week vacation
trip. The students can use the maps to plan routes based on the type
of road, parking and access points to public transportation. Using
the legend of symbols students can organize their trips based on
facilities, locations and services. Students can learn all the
related logistical terms and expressions.
Maps can indicate many three-dimensional components. Students can
learn all terms about height and depth and basic topography. The maps
can show hills and valleys with gentle slopes or abrupt vertical
changes in height.
Land use maps allows for explanations about parks, preserves, rural
and urban land use. Students can use historical maps to compare
conversion of forests to rural use then conversion to urban land
uses. The maps can motivate students to learn about land priorities,
environmental considerations and proper balanced land use planning.
Specialty maps can provide students with a completely different
perspective of the world. Resource maps can indicate agriculture,
forests and minerals. Weather maps can indicate tropical, temperate
and arctic regions. Recreation maps can show bike, hiking, swimming,
camping, canoe routes, and sport facilities.
Students have fun learning with maps, sometimes they even like
homework. The students want to see their favourite attractions or
activities or events. When you provide the information and maps the
students will learn an amazing amount of English motivated by their
Students can go to the Ontario Ministry of Tourism for free maps. The
staff are very helpful and can provide almost everything that you
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