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Lesson plan

«To London … with love»

Level A1 (intermediate) 10 Form


- to develop student”s skills in reading ,listening and speaking;
- to practise new words and expressions;
- to give additional information about London’s attractions

Equipment: texts for reading and listening, pictures and photos, map, video


I Warming- up
Today we have a final lesson on the topic travelling around England. Particularly we have spoken a lot about London’s sights. Now I remember the words of Madam de Stale
«The more I see the other countries.
The more I love my own one.»
Listening to these words what emotions do you have?
Speak using the following expressions:
…culture shock
…feel homesick
…to spoil your visit


S: When people travel to other countries, they find that many things are different from their own country- the weather, the food, often this upsets people and they feel time nostalgia and homesick.
This is called culture shock. Don’t let culture shock spoil your visit to another country. Enjoy the differences.
T: People find English climate is cold, food is not tasty, time is wrong but none of visitors is indifferent
to the magnificent ancient castles, picturesque parks and squares and today I invite you to the most attractive place- museum of Madam Tussaud.

Imagine you are two groups of tourists from Russia and Ukraine.

II LISTENING Before listening

T: Ukrainian tourists are eager to tell you the story about Madam Tussaud.

Vocabulary notes:
the guillotine
Dr. Philippe Curtins victims
Wax modeler
permanent home

Task: Pay attention to the dates and numbers and be ready to connect information with these dates

1761, 9, 1794, 1802, 33, 1835, 1850, 89.
Listen to the story and watch the film about the life of MADAM TUSSAUD

The story of Madam Tussaud

Marie Tussaud was born in Strasbourg in 1761. As a child she learned how to make wax models of people, and later went to Paris. At the age of 9, Marie helped Dr Curtius to open his wax exbition in Paris. In 1794,Dr Cortius died. Then in 1802 she moved to England, touring round the country with her exhibition of wax figures. In 1835 (aged 70!), she finally settled in London. "Madame Tussaud's" has been one of the city's most popular exhibitions ever since.

Madam Tussaud died in April 1850, at the age of 89.  

Naturally, the collection has changed and grown; Indeed, it keeps changing all the time. While there are some historic figures that do not change, others come and go, and others are "aged" as the years go by.
    The most popular figures in the exhibition are royalty and stars. Princess Diana has been the
overall favourite for several years, and other popular figures include Tony Blair, David Beckham, Brad Pitt and Elvis Presley.... to mention just a few of them.


    Another popular part of the exhibition is the "chamber of horrors", with its famous murderers and its instruments of torture!
At Madame Tussaud's, it is only the very famous who get a place in the exhibition. That is not surprising really; it takes about six months to create a really lifelike wax model.
sculptors use lots of photos and measurements, in order to obtain a perfect likeness. For example, it took 450 hours to re-create Spice Girl Mel G's famous curly hair! In all, a wax figure costs over £40,000 to make - a lot of money!
    And, you ask, what happens to yesterday's famous people? Well, they are taken out of the collection, and their heads are stored for a
while. Then, if it is clear that no one will ever want to see them again, they are melted down and re-used for another person!
    Many people
achieve passing fame; few achieve lasting fame!

Post listening activity
What information can you connect with these dates and numbers.
Give your variants.

III Reading

Russian students were at the studio of this museum. They collected the secrets of the process of creating these wax figures.

Pre-reading activity:

Guess the meaning of these words:

Straw- dry grass

Clay-material, the head made before wax

Celebrities-famous people

To synchronize- to do at the same time

To measure- to take length of all parts of the body

Studio secrets

Every year about 10 new figures are made at Madam Tussaud’s.

The first step is to collect information. It means photographs and articles of the person.

Sitting usually takes place at Madam Tussaud’s studio. But if celebrities can’t visit it, the sculptors go them.Queen Elizabeth II receives sculptors at Buckingham Palace.The measuring has to be very accura

te. They usually take about 150 measurements.The bodies are made of leather stuffed with straw.

It takes about six months to complete a figure. Most of the time is spent on the head. The sculptor

begins by modeling the head in clay. Costume designers work as much as sculptors do.Speech and

sounds are recorded and synchronized with the movements.

Post Reading activity

1)Multiply choice

Test-Match the right completion of the sentences:

1.Two things about Madam Tussaud are especially interesting:

a)Her father was killed during the Seven Years War, two months before Marie’s birth and she was a

witness of the French Revolution.

b)She succeeded in business at a time when it was very unusual for woman and at the age of 9 she helped Curetius to open his wax exhibition in Paris.

c)She became a business woman and she was a witness of the French Revolution.

d)She was the only woman who learned to make wax figures herself and she was allowed to model the greatest figures of that time.

2.After 1802 Marie saw neither France nor her husband again:

a) because she was afraid of being imprisoned in France.

b)because she had escaped the guillotine France and had to leave immediately.

c)because he r marriage was not a success.

d)because she wanted to continue her uncle’s business.

3.Madam Tussaud’s figures were a sensation, because:

a)there was no television, cinema and radio.

b)there were a lot of figures of celebrities in her collection.

c)there were the figures of Voltaire and Benjamin Franklin.

d)there were death masks from the severed heads of the French revolution victims.

4.Nowadays the bodies of the wax figures are made of:

a)leather stuffed with straw.


c)leather and fiberglass.


5. As soon as a person is chosen be made at Madam Tussaud’s, the first step is:

a)to collect information.

b)to decide in what part of the exhibition the figure should be placed.

c)to decide what the pose should be the figure.

d)to take pictures of the person, to examine his/her biographies and to take measures.

6.The second step to make a wax figure is:

a)to meet with the person.

b)to decide where the figure should be placed.

c)to take photographs of the person.

d)the sculptor begins to fix the eyes.

7.After about 150 measurements:

a)the sculptor begins to model the head in clay.

b)the sculptor begins to model the head in wax.

c)the sculptor begins to model the head both in clay and in wax.

d)the sculptor begins to fix the eyes.

2) Put these actions in the right order

(Team work):

to collect information

to model the head in clay

to measure the figure

to design costume

to synchronize sounds with movements

to record and speech

IY. Act out the following situation:

Well, do you remember that you are tourists? Unfortunately you lost your guide in the center of London. YOU have conversational book but strong wind has torn and thrown away the pages.You have collected them and put in the right order.

1.Certainly.Go down Regent street to Piccadilly Circus and then go down the Haymarket. Turn to the left at the bottom and in less than a minute you”ll be in Trafalgar Square.

2. Is there a bus?

3.Excuse me, can you tell me the way to Trafalgar Square?

4.Thank you very much. How far is it from here?

5.Thank you.

6.If you walk, it will take you ten minutes or a quarter of an hour.

7.Yes, mam, any bus will take you. There”s a bus-stop just over there. Ask the conductor to put you down at Trafalgar square.

8.Excuse me officer is there a bus from here to Trafalgar Square?

9.Does this bus go to Trafalgar Square?

10.Thank you.

11.Trafalgar Square! This is where you get off,mam.

12.Yes,mam. Come along, hurry up…No room on top, inside only…no standing on the platform…pass

down the bus, please. Trafalgar Square please … and will you tell me when we get there ?
13.Thank you.
14.There is sure to be. But you would better ask the policeman over there. He’ll give you all the information you want.

V Speaking

T: Your visit is coming up to the end .You are in the hotel. You are full of unforgettable imprenssions about London. You want to share your stories about different places but don’t say the name of this place.

Let’s everybody guess where you have been.

1)London’s oldest building. Since it was built by William the Conqueror in the 11 century, this castle has been a royal palace, a prison,a place of execution, a zoo, the Royal Mint and an observatory. Today it’s a museum and house of the Crown Jewels. Gift shop.

(The Tower of London)

2) Situated in Kensington. One of the London’s greatest museums. A huge collection of animals and plants, including a quarter of a million butterflies,a blue whale and the famous dinosaur skeleton.

(The Natural History Museum)

3) Its official name is the Palace of Westminster. Most of the building was built in 1840 after a fire in 1834 destroyed the old palace. At the north end of the building by Westminster Bridge is the famous clock tower . Big Ben. In fact Big Ben is really the name of the bell in the tower not the clock.

( The Houses of Parliament)

VI Home assignment:

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