The visitors of the Zoo
and the Animal Farm, which
are integral parts of the Nature Reserve,
are offered a variety of linguistic challenges
aimed at enlarging their vocabulary stock,
improving their reading skills and their
knowledge of grammar; as well as a crash
course in environmental literacy, which
tackles poignant ethical questions, such as gene manipulation, cloning,
animal farming etc.
Area, with its Garden of
Verse and Library, introduces literature
as a means of teaching and learning English in a more unconventional way,
while arousing the learners´ interest in reading in general and reading
poetry in particular.
We have tried to build the linguistic
context of all three areas around the concepts of a "Zoo"
and a "Recreation Area" as
closely as possible, and to simulate everyday situations, in our attempt
to add meaningfulness and authenticity to the activities offered in this
ON HOW TO USE THE ACTIVITIES
on the age group, the level of the learners and their attention span, as
well as the number of lessons available, the activities described above
can be used each at a time, or in thematic sequences, for example Elephant
1, 2, 3; Orangutan 1, 2, 3, 4 etc. If they are done one at a time, redoing
them as a sequel might serve as a welcome revision of the vocabulary or
other linguistic issues, and is highly recommendable. It is also advisable
to follow the tips given as to other similar areas of the Theme Park (for
example, after visiting the Garden of Verse, or doing the Interactive
Story, it would be useful (and fun!) to continue one´s quest in the
Enchanted Forest or the Castle with more similar activities. Time
permitting, a visit to the Vocabulary, Link Bank and Grammar Bank is a
logical continuation of the activities.
learners should be advised to read the instructions carefully and ask for
help, if need be. They should also be encouraged to read all the tips and
explanations given for each of the alternatives of the multiple choice
specific nature of the Zoo and the Animal Farm offers possibilities for
integration with other subjects, such as biology, geography or other
natural sciences, psychology, ethics, philosophy, etc., which increases
the motivation of the learners, as well as their English proficiency. The
activities can be used as the initial stage of making portfolios,
international projects on the topic, oral presentations, etc.
activity can be done on an individual basis, or in groups of two. The
reading comprehension exercises can be easily transformed into listening
comprehension sessions, in which the students, take turns in reading
sections of the text out loud for the other(s) to answer the questions
marked in the activity. The reading comprehension texts can be done with
or without the timer.
more tips, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
or any other member of the Theme Park staff.