Topic: Places of Interest in London
Practical: - to practice pupils’ speech on the topic “London-the capital of
to revise vocabulary on the topic and urge pupils to use these
words in their speech;
- to develop pupils’ speaking, reading, listening and writing skills
on the topic;
to practice in using the Past Perfect Tense;
Educative: to teach pupils to work in pairs and groups;
Social: to develop love for English language;
Equipment: pictures, tables, texts for reading, hand-outs, signal cards for
listening, disks and a tape-recorder
І. 1) Greetings
Good morning! Glad to see you!
2) Aims and the topic of the lesson
Today we are going to talk about the capital of Great Britain and have an excursion around it. You will:
revise your topical vocabulary;
practice in grammar;
read the text about London's sights;
listen to the text about Buckingham Palace;
make up the dialogue.
II. Warming - up.
Let's begin our lesson. Look at this quotation, read it and translate. Pay your attention to the sound [?].
"Before having a better lot, a man had travelled over the world..." (Человек путешествовала по миру, чтобы найти лучшую судьбу...)
A man travelled over the world in search of better lot. And how do you think why people travel?
P: To my mind people travel on business.
P: As for me we travel because it is exciting and useful.
P: People travel for pleasure and to see the beauty of the world.
P: Really traveling is enjoyable and good for health.
Yes, you are right. Travelling is very popular nowadays and to my mind there is nothing better than travelling around the world. Let's travel together today. I want you to visit one of the wonderful cities in the world. But you have to find out the name of the city from this task. Before doing it you have to get some instructions.
Pleas look at the quotation again. What tense is used here?
III. Check on Home task.
1. What do you know about the Past Perfect Tense?
Какое действие выражает это время?
2)Как образуется утвердительнfz / отрицательнfz / вопросительная форма?
Начертить схему (ученик рассказывает и параллельно составляет схему из подготовленного учителем раздаточного материала)
2. So it will not difficult for you to do this task: open the brackets and use
the verb in a proper tense form.
Then take the first letters of the marked words and write them down on the blackboard.
(HO)l. Open the brackets and use the verb in a proper tense form.
1)1 was very glad that my brother had already (to leave) for London.
I showed him the book about our capital that he had not (to buy) yet.
My parents had (not, to be) to Great Britain by that time.
Had they (to build) the Museums of Arts by the first of December?
I had (not, to see) so many outstanding people by that time.
We had (to finish) the translation of the text about the northern neighbour of England by five o'clock.
IV. 1. Reading
So the key-word of our task is London. And as you see today we are going to visit London-the capital of Great Britain. (Записать тему и выражение)
1) Pre-reading activity
"If you are tired of London,
You are tired of life..."
T: 1) Do you agree with this quotation? Why?
P: As I know there are a lot of picturesque parks and squares in London.
P: I know exactly that there are many museums and ancient buildings there.
P: Because there are a lot of places of interest in London.
T: 2) What places of interest do you know? (the Tower of London, St. Paul's Cathedral, Big Ben, Westminster Abby and Buckingham Palace)
T: Yes, really there are a lot of places of interest in London. Now let's read about some of them.
2) While-reading activity
While reading the text find out
the I variant - the names of the sights
the II variant - some information about them
3) Post-reading activity
Match the places of interest at the photos with their names; find these places on the map of London. Please use these phrases:
I want to tell you about...
I would like to tell you about...
I would like to pay your attention at this photo...
Look at this photo... (один ученик называет достопримечательность и показывает его на карте, а другой - рассказывает о месте и показывает его фото).
1) St. Paul's Cathedral is a masterpiece of the famous architect Sir Christopher Wren. It took him 35 years to construct this beautiful building. You can see the huge dome with the golden bell and cross on the top. It is full of monuments. There is the Whispering Gallery there, which runs round the dome. People say that if someone whispers close to the wall on one side, a person with his ear close to the wall on the other side can hear what is said.
Big Ben is a huge clock on the Clock Tower of the House of Parliament. The Clock is 313 ft high and 41ft square.
The Tower of London is one of the most ancient buildings
of London. It is situated in the city. It was founded in the 11th century by William the Conqueror. The "White Tower" (1078) is at the centre of this building. It was been a palace, a zoo, a prison, a royal treasury. There are always black ravens in it. People keep them and look after them very well as they believe that London will be rich as long as ravens live there.
Under the decree of the King of England, it was designed to be not only a great abbey and a place of worship, but also a place for the coronation and burials of monarch. Westminster Abby also famous for its Poets Comer.
Buckingham Palace is a Royal residence. It was built in 1703 by the Duke of Buckingham. There are nearly 600 rooms in the palace and three miles of red carpet. It is like a small town with a police station, two post offices, a hospital, a bar, two sport clubs, a disco, a cinema, a swimming pool.
a masterpiece — шедевр
an architect - архитектор
a dome — купол
a bell - колокол
a cross – крест
a whisper - шепот
a decree — указ
worship — поклонение
a coronation — коронация
a burial - похороны
a monarch — монарх
a treasury - сокровищница
a raven - ворон
rich - богатый
a duke - герцог
IV. 2. Listening
Buckingham Palace is the London home of Queen Elizabeth II. Its name comes from the Duke of Buckingham who, in 1762, sold the building to King George III. After Queen Victoria became queen of Great Britain in 1837 she decided to make it the official London home of the royal family.
In the building there are many interesting rooms, for example the long Throne Room that is about 200 meters and the Ball Room that is two times as long. There is also a gallery with paintings and sculptures by many famous artists selected from the royal collection. At the back of the building there are large gardens and a wonderful lake. The north part of the building is where the Royal Family actually lives. When the Queen is at home, the palace flag is high up. When she is away, the flag is down. Every day there is a ceremony called the Changing of the Guards. The guards wear red jackets and tall black hats called “bearskins”. This always attracts a lot of tourists.
When you go to London you will know about one of the most famous attractions of the city and, if you go in August or September, you will be able to go inside and walk through some of its rooms. Who knows, you might even see the Queen sitting by the lake enjoying a nice cup of tea.
1) Pre-listening activity
What do you know about Buckingham Palace?
Do you know anything about the popular ceremony near Buckingham Palace?
P: I am afraid I do not know about this ceremony.
3. And what about you?
P: Some days ago I saw a TV program on Discovery channel about London.
Maybe it is a changing of the guards. 3. Yes, you are right. Let’s try to find out some more information about Buckingham Palace and this ceremony from the text for listening. But at first look through these words and find the right translation. I will help you,
to change а) продавать
a guard b) трон
a throne c) привлекать
to sell d) менять
royal e) охрана, караул
a bearskin f) королевский
to attract g) меховой кивер
To change — to have one place and go to another
A guard- is someone whose job is to protect a place or a person
A throne — is an armchair of the king
To sell - to take money for things
Royal - is something that belongs to the kings family
A bearskin is a big tall hat, is made of fur (look at the picture of the guard.
While listening to the text you can find out some information about guard and
To attract — to come into notice
(После выполнения задания вывесить таблицу с переводом данных слов).
2) While-listening activity
After the listening to the text you have to say:
What facts are new for you?
What facts are interesting? Exciting for you? Make some notes.
3) Post-listening activity
Let's make a plan.
Ученики отвечают на вопросы из предыдущего задания.
Учитель рекомендует использовать разговорные фразы.
Please use such phrases
It is interesting for me to know that the name of Buckingham Palace
comes from the Duke of Buckingham who, in 1762, sold the building to King George III.
2.I know exactly that Queen Victoria decided to make Buckingham Palace the
official London home of the royal family.
3.I am surprised that there are many interesting rooms in the building, for example the long Throne Room.
4. Without doubt there are large gardens and a wonderful lake at the back of the
5. As far as I remember when the Queen is at home, the palace flag is high up,
when she is away, the flag is down.
6. It is exciting that the guards wear red jackets and tall black hats called
7. It is not a secret that the ceremony of the changing of the guards always
attracts a lot of tourists.
8. It would be perfect to go inside and walk through some of its rooms and to see
Queen sitting by the lake enjoying a nice cup of tea. (Ученики говорят, а учитель составляет план на доске.)
So you have a plan and next time be ready to tell about Buckingham Palace and the popular ceremony using this plan.
IV. 3. Dialogue. Fill in the missing remarks.
You have so much information about London and its sights. Let's make a dialogue using all information.
Fill in the missing remarks and talk about London's sights. Imagine you are in London and you have a free time
Shall we go sightseeing today?
... (Yes, we shall. It would be perfect to visit some interesting places.)
What about going to British Museum?
- ... (I am afraid but I don't really like to visit the exhibitions.)
It is pity. Ok, I am absolutely sure it would be interesting for you to visit Buckingham Palace.
... (All right, I agree to all you say. I think it would be exciting to watch the changing of the guards.)
V. Home assignment
Be ready to tell about Buckingham Palace using the plan. Summarizing 1) What was the topic of our lesson?
What places of interest do you know?
What is the popular ceremony near Buckingham Palace?
Was it interesting for you to talk about London's sights? I'm pleased with your work at the lesson. Your marks are:…
We have some minutes and I propose you to enjoy through the English poetry.
Oh, London Towns fine town,
And London sights are rare
And London ale is right ale,
And brisks the London air.
Oh, London girls are brave girls
In silk and cloth of gold.
And London shops are rare shops
Where gallant things are sold.
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