This is Part 4 of a series of posts based around a text which appeared in the travel section of the UK newspaper The Daily Telegraph: Top 10 places and cities to visit in England.
Part 1 opened the series with a Reading exercise and a look at collocations in the first section of the text about Yorkshire.
Part 2 went on to explore vocabulary in the next section of the text about Bath.
Part 3 took a look at collocations and useful language for describing places in the sections about the Cotswolds and Devon.
Today’s post starts with some questions about language which appears in the section of the text about the Lake District and also focuses on vocabulary in the section on Brighton.
1. Collocations in the text about the Lake District
A few questions to think about:
- The text talks about this part of England offering visitors the chance to do a leisurely bike ride. If your audience for this text were serious cyclists, what adjectives could you use as opposites to leisurely?
- So far in this series of blog posts we’ve seen two examples of the word draw in the text (“shopping is a major draw” (Bath) and “most people are drawn to the magnificent beaches…” (Devon)). Find the collocation with draw in this section of the text: draw + noun + preposition (something)
- The adjective + noun collocation “magnificent scenery” appears in this section of the text. Magnificent is a general, positive adjective which is the the third most frequent adjective to collocate with scenery. The list of words in CAPITALS, are other adjectives which collocate with scenery. Decide if their meaning is also general and positive or more specific. If general, like magnificent, decide if the alternative adjectives are at a similar grade. Some examples have been given to help you: BEAUTIFUL (general, positive(also the most frequent), ALPINE (more specific – of the region of the Alps or for mountain areas), BREATHTAKING, DRAMATIC, SPECTACULAR, COASTAL, STUNNING, WONDERFUL, SURROUNDING, MOUNTAINOUS, VARIED, FANTASTIC, SUPERB, CHANGING, DELIGHTFUL, GLORIOUS, REMARKABLE, EVER-CHANGING, ATTRACTIVE, PRETTY, GRIM, ROCKY.
2. Useful phrases for writing about places from the section about the Lake District
Its picturesque patchwork of lakes, valleys, woodlands and fells make it one of the best places in Britain to get out and experience the great outdoors, whether it’s on a leisurely bike ride down country lanes or a day-long hike across the hills.
The complex sentence above could be broken down into the following framework:
(Its) (…reasons why the area is special and worth visiting…) …make it one of the best places in Portugal to… (…activities you can do here…).
Use the framework and example above to write some complex sentences about…
- the local landscape and geography + activities
- cultural attractions in your town + activities
- range of places to eat or variety of regional dishes + eating-related activities
…in your hometown or region.
3. Collocations in the text about Brighton
The writer describes Brighton as a…
loveably eccentric city.
Find other collocations in the text below about Brighton that extend this idea of eccentricity. These collocations often contrast with vocabulary of a different ‘set,’ that of exclusivity. Find examples of these too.
There’s always something unexpected to enjoy – the secret is to roam freely and keep your eyes peeled. Head to the boho North Laine, and you find offbeat designers and dingy flea markets happily melding with sleek restaurants and bars. Throw in gentrified Regency squares, oddball museums, and a clutch of well upholstered parks with traditional cafés attached – and you have a city that truly caters for all tastes.
In the extract above, find words or phrases that mean the following:
- “the key” (to enjoying this place)
- “well cared for”
- “go in the direction of”
- “watch out for”
- “wander around”
- “appeals to everyone”
4. Useful phrases for writing about places from the text about Brighton
Incorporate some ideas for tourists visiting your hometown into the following structures from the Brighton text:
- The secret to enjoying (…name of place…) is to…
- When you visit (…name of place / area of a city…), keep your eyes peeled for…
- Head for… (…name of place / area of a city…), and you will find…
- (…various things that would appeal to different ages or types of visitor…) mean it’s a place that caters for all tastes.
For some answers to some of the questions here, check out the comments box below.
For the next post in our series, looking at the section on Cornwall, check out Part 5.