Showing Places of Interest

Language Focus

There are a number of different forms which occur frequently in guiding language.

 


Indication position:

 

 

In front of you is...

On your right/left you will see...
Up ahead...
As we turn the corner here, you will see...
In the distance...
If you look up you will notice...
Off to the north...
Look to the east...
To your west...
In a few minutes we'll be passing...
We are now coming up to...
As you will see...
You may have noticed...
Take a good look at...
I'd like to point out...
Keep your eyes open for...

Superlatives:

is one of the finest castles in Estonia
more beautiful sights in the world
most famous towns in Europe

Passive:

… was founded by (person)
… was painted in (date)
… were restored

 

iDevice icon GRAMMAR: PASSIVE VOICE
Read the paragraph below and fill in the missing words:
 
cover, see, found, preserve, surround (2), precede, adapt, strengthen, build, fortify,supplement, purchase, have
Hermann Castle is a castle in Narva. It was in 1256 by the Danes and the first stone castle was in the
beginning of the 14th century.
The German Livonian Teutonic Knights Order the castle on 29 August 1346.
The Order the town with a wall, which unfortunately has not been .
The wall four gates. The gates were with iron plates and by drawbridges. The town wall was
with seven towers. The town wall was by a moat. Towards the end of the Order's period, the town wall was
, the gates were by adding foregates, and several medieval wall towers were to use as
special cannon towers or rondels, two of which can be today in their reconstructed shape in the corners of the castle's
western court.
  

IDevice Icon LISTENING: WALK TOUR IN KURESSAARE

1. Pre-Listening exercise: When you travel to a new place, what things would you like to see?

2. Listen to the story by pressing the ''Play'' button and choose the suitable pictures about the sights you hear.


 

 

1. Episkopal Castle                    2. Resort Club                3. Weighing house

 

4. Lossi street                      5. Kuressaare mill          6. Lasteaja street


 

3. Post-Listening exercise: Imagine you are guiding a walk tour for tourists in an Estonian town. Prepare the monologue - excursion about it.




IDevice Icon SPEAKING: ROLE PLAY

Student’s cue card

You are going to visit Kuressaare, Estonia. Your interviewer is a tour guide from Kuressaare.

Ask the interviewer about

1. location

2. age of the town

3. sights

4. reasons for being chosen

5. special festivities during 2009

6. notable residents

7. city tours

 

At the end of the talk, say whether you would like to visit the place, giving reasons.

 

 

Interviewer’s cue card:

1. situated approximately 200 kilometres south-west of Tallinn, on Saaremaa island, on the coast of Gulf of Riga.

2. 587 years old in 2009, first mentioned in 1422.

3. The medieval episcopal castle (which houses the Saaremaa Regional Museum), the Weighing House, Town Hall, the Aaviks’ museum, etc.

4. city with a rich culture, the most restful health resorts, the best sailing in the Baltic Sea, a good recreation and delightful place with unique nature to spend your time with the family and friends.

5. The programme consists of over 50 cultural events (The Kuressaare Maritime Festival, The Chamber Music Days, concerts, exhibitions, and theatre plays)

6. Voldemar Väli (two time Olympic medalist), Louis Kahn (architect)

7. Kuressaare is very small and everyone can easily take walking tours in the town.


IDevice Question Icon TEST: CHOOSE THE CORRECT ANSWER
Is the Museum ... on Mondays?
  
open
working

Do you have an ... guide?
  
audio
ear

There is a ... of hotels in the back of this brochure.
  
details
list

It's a two-... tour.
  
hours
hour

We hope you enjoy your ... in Tallinn.
  
rest
stay

It would be cheaper for you to buy a three-day ... instead of individual tickets.
  
pass
ticket

The ... fee is 35 kroons.
  
admitting
admission

It ... over two hours to get from here to the lake.
  
lasts
takes

The beaches of Golden sands are world-... .
  
known
famous

London is a ... city. Many people from many different countries live there.
  
multinational
multicultural

Can you ... a photo of me?
  
take
make

Tokio is an ...-modern metropolis.
  
very
ultra