Tuesday, 15 January 2019

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By the end of the lesson the students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate understanding of the main points of a short factual text about a town (My home town is Mpanda/Mpanda town is the capital of Katavi Region)
  • Describe the location, population, economic activity, and main buildings/activities in their own town (Mpanda town is at the centre of the region/It is in the southwestern part of Tanzania)


Take a map with you in the class (especially a region, district or a country map)
Write the name of the town where your school is situated.
Write the name of the region, and ask: ‘Which region is our town in?’
Accept various responses. The correct response is ‘Katavi’.
Also ask them: ‘Which town is our school in?’ Allow them to try, and check their responses.
If the school is not in the capital of the region, ask them: ‘Which district is our school in?’ For example, if the school is in Mpanda District, the correct response is ‘Mpanda District’.
These questions help students to express their locations by using English Language. Make sure there are more exercises for them to understand the correct way to express their location.

Write the word ‘near’ on the board and ask: ‘Which other towns are near our town?’ (Allow them to check the map you have brought in the class if it is relevant).
Allow their various responses to flow from them.
After various responses, guide them to use the correct sentence structure like:
  • Our town is near ………. Town
  • ‘Our town is near Namanyere town’
  • ‘Our Mpanda town is near Inyonga town’
  • ‘Our town is near Sikonge town’
  • ‘Our town is near Sumbawanga town’

Ask them another question: ‘Which other regions are near our region?’ Encourage them to follow the correct sentence order as they respond:
  • Our region is near ……region
  • Our region is near Rukwa Region’
  • Katavi region is near Kigoma region
  • Our region is near Tabora region
  • Our region is near Mbeya region

Substitution table 1.
Mpanda town
Namanyere and Inyonga towns
Our town
Katavi region
Rukwa and Kigoma regions


 our town

Inyonya town

our region

Write the word ‘jobs’ on the board and ask; ‘What is the meaning of the word jobs?’ Accept their responses. Help them out if they can’t come up with the proper answer. Then ask them: ‘What jobs are found in your town?’ or ‘What jobs do people in our town participate?’

Write the word ‘industries’ on the board and ask: ‘What is an industry?’ Allow them to respond. Help them the simple meaning and continue.
What industries are in our town?’ Accept any factory name they give.

Write the word ‘buildings’ on the board and ask them to tell what they know about the term. Then ask them: ‘What buildings are there in our town?’

(A Text on any town describing a region, neighbouring regions, neighbouring towns, jobs, industries, and buildings in the particular town)
Katavi region has a population of more than six hundred thousand people. It is located in the Western part of Tanzania. It is bordered by four regions. It is bordered by Rukwa region in southeast, Tabora region in the northeast, Mbeya Region in the east, and Kigoma region in north-western part. It is also bordered by Lake Tanganyika in the West. Mpanda is the capital of the region. The towns which are near our town are Namanyere town which is about 128 KM from our town and Inyonga. There are many jobs in Mpanda. People like miners, farmers, tour guide, fishermen, traders, and others actively engage themselves in activities like mining, agriculture, tourism, fishing, trade and pastoralism. Industries are also available in Mpanda town. Some of these industries are mineral processing industries. The town also has famous buildings. The famous buildings in Mpanda include Mpanda Hotel, Mizengo Pinda Bus Terminal, Mpanda Railway Station, Mpanda District Hospital, Super City Hotel, and many more. People who come to our town can have a lot of fun.

Ask individual, pairs or groups to make sentences about the town in the story.
If possible allow them to draw the table, then let them fill in the information they have found in the text:
Exercise: Ask students to complete the information that is missing in Column B
Column A
Column B
The Population of the region

The location of the region

Neighbouring regions

Some economic activities in Mpanda

Neighbouring towns

Some Jobs in Mpanda

Industries in Mpanda

Some famous Buildings in Mpanda

If there are students who come from a different town in the region or country, ask them if the town in discussion is similar to the town they come from. Get their responses.

Guide them to draw this chart and fill in as they compare information read in the text and the information from their home town.
Mpanda town
Namanyere town
Economic activities
Tourism and mining
Farmers, traders, etc
Mining industry
Railway Station

For more practice, ask students the following questions:
  • Where can I get Panadol in our town?
  • Where can I buy some clothes in our town?
  • Where can I watch football match in our town?
  • Where can I pray in our town?
  • Where can I drink a beer in our town?
  • Who can tell me the way to the bank?
  • Who can show me the way to the Bus Terminal?
  • Who can show me the way to the Regional Commissioner’s Office?

At the end, the teacher encourages students to use the information they already know to write and speak about things in their home town.

Fill in the blank spaces in the sentences below by choosing the correct word from the box.
School, market, police station, cinema, restaurant, post office, banks, farm, courts, lodge
(i)                The place where movies are shown ________________
(ii)             The place where letters and other parcels are received and delivered _______
(iii)           The place where sick people are treated _____________
(iv)           The place where students study _______________
(v)             The place where people get financial services _________________
(vi)           The place where people sell and by things ______________
(vii)        The place where people cultivate various crops _______________
(viii)      The place where people eat and drink ______________
(ix)           The place where people sleeps ______________
(x)             The place where cases and crimes are resolved ___________

Ministry of Education and Vocational Training (2015) Baseline: Orientation Course for Form One – Students’ Book, Science, Mathematics and Social Sciences, MoevT, Dar es Salaam.

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