Unit 1 is about places in an urban area. It develops all language skills and can be used in ESOL literacy classes. Learners use numbers, letters and word recognition to create a simple key or label places on the map.


The Town reflects life in the UK and aims to help learners interact with the world around them as well as to develop their English language skills.

Level:  Entry 1 (National 2/Access 2 in Scotland) ESOL learners with basic literacy needs/A1 CEFR Framework.

Learning hours and delivery context

Across seven units, the Town provides a minimum of 12 hours of learning in a classroom context, delivered via linked units.  These units may be used independently or as one linked topic over several sessions.  Timings are flexible and teachers can break down the units into smaller chunks of learning and build in revision as required.  The resource is suitable for community ESOL and ESOL delivered in adult learning or FE.  Additionally, the teacher notes provide suggestions on how practitioners can develop further linked learning (such developing and working with learner-produced texts).

Unit 1: places in the town

This can be used as a standalone unit, or can lead into Unit 2 or Unit 3.

Time: approximately 1.5 hours


  • To establish the context for learning.
  • To stimulate discussion about the local area and places learners are familiar with.
  • To develop reading, speaking/discussion and writing skills.

Plan components

You will need:

  • teachers' notes
  • powerpoint of places in town, OHTs or hard copies of the pictures
  • flashcards of landmarks
  • word flashcards
  • photocopied ‘Town’ picture (line drawing), A3 if possible
  • labels
  • differentiated copies of the key
  • What’s this? reading cards if required already prepared (cut up and possibly laminated) 
  • scissors (if learners to cut their own labels) and glue
  • a computer and whiteboard/screen/OHP or screen 

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