Two of my students are going to spend the month of February in Preston. It will be part of their training to be able to work in the tourist industry. They will live with an English family and work in a charity shop, museum, tourist office …….. Seventeen french students will be going together, flying from Nantes to Manchester.
So, in preparation, we spent the lesson yesterday looking at maps of where Preston is in the country, seeing photos of some of the sites and learning to give directions from a street plan of Preston. After learning the phrases ‘Turn right, 2nd exit on the roundabout, one way … etc’, I asked them to direct me from the University to the Library. Not easy, especially since you can only cross the Ringway at certain points.
Before Christmas I introduced them to British money – not easy for people who normally travel within Europe and rely on the euro. By the end of the lesson I think they had decided to pay for everything by credit card.
Despite everything, they are looking forward to the trip. For me, I look forward to receiving them back in March with good Lancashire accents!