SIMPLE TEACHING GUIDE #05: 10 Ideas on Teaching "Stating Directions" – Part 2

2. Sub Topic: Stating Directions

It was on SUNDAY, 26 FEBRUARY 2017 when this topic was posted on this blog for the first time. This Part 2  covers the all aspects of Giving and Asking for Directions using Points of the Compass

The following 10 Teaching Ideas for the topic:
(1) Brainstorm with students on the Points of Compass. North, South, East, West, North East, North West, South East, South West.
(2) Introduce students to the various vocabulary items used such as:
North, East, West, South, in the West, to the East. 
(3) Use Classroom Settings and school Environments like in Stating Directions Part 1
(4) Guide students to use guiding questions to express various directions using Points of the Compass. See them in Directions Notes
(5) Use Maps and Globes. The use of drawn maps like class map, school map, region map, or even country map is good for students. The Globe can also be used. 
(7) Allow students to read the given maps or globes and provide the spoken or written descriptions of the places they describe.
(8) After reading exercises, correct them where necessary.
(9) At the end of the lesson, supply a lot of activities, exercises, and assignments to give the students more practical experiences. 
Here is a suggestion: 
Question: Assume you are at your School Football ground, state the locations of the following buildings by using Points of the Compass: 
(i) Administration Block
(ii) Netball pitch
(iii) Staff Office
(iv) Classes
(v) Library
(10) The sentences may vary, but guide them to use the correct sentences. 
Examples of correct sentences can be:
The Girls’ toilets are in the West.
The Girls’ toilets are located in the West of the Football ground.

There are some important tips when teaching this sub topic. The following should be emphasized to the students: 
  1. Speaking slowly so the other person can understand.
  2. Speaking slowly so the other person can write down the instructions if talking on the phone.
  3. When speaking with someone, use your hands to demonstrate what you mean, left, right, or straight on.
  4. Always try and use the word "please" when you are asking someone for directions. It's polite, and people are more likely to help you!

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