Aim - To help refugees with some grasp of English give and understand addresses as well as talk about locations in the city of Thessaloniki, Greece.
Materials - A map either on paper or via Google Maps via smart phone.
Level - Elementary/intermediate
I - Revise how to say addresses in English, use some well known example, for example the building in which the lessons are taking place. In Greece addresses are usually given thus;
Egnatia 34 - Name of the street then number
Kalamaria - District
Thessaloniki - City or town
54333 - Post or zip code
Often the floor of the apartment is given as most people live and work in apartment blocks.
You may need to teach
0 - ground floor
1 - first floor
2 - second floor etc.
2 - Now read out an address and ask students to write it down. Repeat as many times as necessary until people have it written, Optional activity - ask students to find out the address on Google Maps.
3 - Now students dictate addresses that they know to each other (be warned many newcomers may not know any, including their own address). Alternatively. they give their own address back at home but the y not want to do this for obvious reasons.
Another possibility is this address
Brothers Menexopoulos Dried Fruit and Nuts store (it has herbs, spices, dried fruits and nuts, grains and black tea at very good prices)
4 - Revise or teach points of the compass
5 = Draw or hang a map of the city and ask students to say where they are now in the city.
e.g In the centre, in west Thessaloniki etc.
6 Now ask students to say which area they live in and its location in or near the city (if they live in camps). You may have to help if students are hazy about the location of their neighbourhood,
7 Teach or elicit other useful phrases used to describe the location of a place,
e.g next/close to, near, behind, in front of, between, above and below (useful in Thessaloniki when talking about roads).
8 Now ask students to describe the location of the building where the lesson is taking place. or the shop mentioned earlier
9 Students now describe the location of their accommodation.
10 Ask students to describe buildings/ locations that are useful for them
e.g local supermarket/police station/doctor's office etc.
A useful mobile phone app is the one by the local public transport company OASTH which gives information on local bus routes in Thessaloniki area.