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Cambridge University Press 978-0-521-61123-7 - Instant PET: Ready-to-Use Tasks and Activities Martyn Ford Excerpt More information

Reading Part 1 Activity 1

Reading the signs
Reading Part 1
Ask students to stand up. Tell them that you are going to give them some very short instructions. They must show they understand the instruction by miming the action. To help thosewho don’t understand an instruction, point to a student who is doing the correct mime: Look at what Anna is doing. Of course, if no one understands the instruction, show by example and test again later. Choose from the following instructions or think of others: Push. Pull. Press. Lift. Twist. Lock. Unlock. Shake. Pick up. Put down. Press the button. Turn the handle clockwise. Turn the handleanti-clockwise. Shake the bottle well before opening. Twist off the cap. Replace the cap firmly after use. Light the candles. Blow out the candles. Fasten your seatbelt. Check your rear view mirror. Ring the bell for assistance. Insert coins and select option. Sign your name. Fold the paper in half. Pump up the tyres. Blow up the balloon. Look both ways before crossing the road. Peel the potatoes.Cut the cheese into cubes. Now wash your hands. Shake excess water from hands and rub hands gently in air stream. Bell out of order, please knock. Switch off light before leaving. Repeat the instructions in a different order. As you do so, discuss where and when you might hear or see such instructions, and why you might follow them.

Understanding signs, notices and instructionsMatching synonymous sentences

Signs and notices in public places

Main activities
Students can do these activities in pairs or small groups. 1 Ask students what types of signs or notices they might see in a street, a public building and a park. Give out the activity sheets. After doing the exercise, discuss with students what the signs and notices mean. For example: FOR SALE and TO LETcan both be signs outside a house or flat. The first one indicates that the owner wants to sell the property, and the second one that the owner is looking for a tenant to rent the property.

50 minutes

E Recycle: On recycling bins and at collection points; on public information leaflets F Refreshments (food and drink): In a museum; on a motorway G First aid: In a public building, e.g. aschool or college H Baby care: In a public building, perhaps on the door of the facility I Children crossing: A traffic sign on a road

1 D Theatre 2 A Hotel 3 H Hospital 4 C Construction site 5 F Supermarket 6 E Station platform 7 B Motorway 8 G Airport

Synonyms and antonyms Concrete nouns and action verbs

In a street: Closed; No parking; To let; Forsale In a building: Way out; Visitors must report to reception; Fire exit In a park: No bathing; Keep off the flowerbeds; Dogs must be kept on a lead

17 S 65 D 28 D 76 D 34 S 82 D 41 D 53 S

One photocopy of the activity page for each student

Follow up

Ask students to look again at the iconic symbols in exercise 2 before they start drawing. (Desk top icons onthe computer are also an excellent example of this pictorial shorthand.) Make a class display of the students’ work. Students can vote on the best icon. Most word-processing software programs include some kind of clip art or image library. You might like to print some of these out for a similar discussion activity.

2 The symbols are a convenient way of
conveying information that can also beexpressed verbally.

Suggested answers
A Information: At a station or airport or a public event like an exhibition B Men’s and women’s toilets: On the doors of toilets/washrooms C No entry (one-way street): A traffic sign at the entrance to a road D No smoking: In public buildings, buses, trains, etc.


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