Tuesday, 10 March 2015

From Heathrow Airport to The Wembley School of English


The students at 4th Year ESO have already started their virtual trip to London in order to improve their English at a language school and enjoy all kinds of places and events around the city.

On the first stage of their trip the students pretend to fly to Heathrow airport. When they arrive there they need to ask for information on how to travel from the airport to their language school in north London. The school is called The Wembley School of English and it is near North Wembley underground station on the Bakerloo line.

The students have worked in teams to create role-play stories depicting the situation above and act them out afterwards. First every team was given colour stickers to represent each of the lines within London underground network: the Circle team was given yellow stickers; the Piccadilly team, dark blue stickers; the Bakerloo team, brown stickers; the Victoria team, light blue stickers; the Central team, red stickers; and finally the Hammersmith & City team was given pink stickers.

Then the students wrote the role-play stories. In the stories some pupils play the roles of the Spanish students just arrived at Heathrow airport; the other pupils play the roles of the information assistants who help the students find out the best way to get to their language school from the airport. When the students say that the school is near an underground station, the assistants show them how to travel to their school by tube. They are told to take the Piccadilly line eastbound at the airport and when they get to Piccadilly Circus station they must change for the Bakerloo line and travel northbound to North Wembley station, which is near the school.

Next the students prepared several resources to make the scenery of their performances resemble an airport terminal, its information office and a language school. Finally every team acted their stories out in front of their classmates. Most students said they loved doing this activity. They also think the project helped them improve both their language and acting skills.

The students are already in London and very soon they will start visiting places of interest in the city. We hope they will keep on enjoying these great virtual journeys.

If you want to see some pictures of the performances above, just check out our Flickr page. Thanks!!!