Places Around Town in English

Describir mi Ciudad en Inglés

How to Talk about Places Around Town

Learninig how to talk about places around town is important since you need to get to new places when you are visiting new places

Places around Town Vocabulary

This is some key vocabulary about places around town divided into categories:


bus stopBus terminal
bus stationtaxi stop
subway stationparking lot
Train stationgas station

Miscellaneous buildings

SupermarketDepartment Store
Post officeMuseum
LibraryMovie Theater
Police DepartmentFire Department
City HallTown Hall
Church Prison


MuseumArt Gallery
Amusement ParkWater Park
CinemaMovie Theater
Dancing HallClub

Places to Eat

CafeCoffee shop
Snack bardiner
Pizzeriafast food restaurant
barmexican restaurant

Shopping places

Shopping CenterShopping Mall
Department StoreShoe store
Computer StoreBookstore
Grocery StoreBakery
Food MarketMall

Sports facilities

Fitness CenterTennis court
GymSwimming pool
StadiumSoccer Field

Health facilities

Dental ClinicPharmacy
DrugstoreNursing home
Maternity HouseHealth Center

Educational Facilities

KindergartenHigh school
Elementary SchoolUniversity
Day care centerCampus


Rental AgencyReal State Agency
Repair ShopService Station
Dry CleaningLaundromat

Prepositions of place

  1. besides to
  2. next to
  3. near
  4. between
  5. behind
  6. infront of
  7. across from
  8. around the corner from
  9. on main street
  10. on the second floor
  11. at 415 main street

Description of places

  1. modern
  2.  old
  3.  large
  4. small
  5. interesting
  6. boring
  7. exciting
  8.  beautiful
  9. expensive
  10. polluted
  11. clean
  12. noisy
  13. quiet
  14. calm
  15. crowded
  16. busy

How to Talk about Places Around Town – Lesson Plan

First day Routine:

  1. Teacher introduces himself/ herself using a powerpoint presentation, he/she talks a bit his likes in music, movies and anime.
  2. Teacher ask students to send a whatsapp message to his/her number and then he/she sends an invitation link so they can join the group
  3. Once the group is created, teacher sends a google form with personal information so students can interview each other.
  4. Teacher talks about the contents and the evaluation of the course.
  5. Teacher sends the information to their email addresses.

Schema Activation

Activity #1
  1. Teacher plays some songs and students pass around a balloon.
  2. When the music stops, the student with the balloon in her hands has to introduce the classmate he/she has to introduce himself /herself.
Activity #2
  1. Teacher distributes strips of paper of the lyrics of a song called “Good Life” by One Republic
  2. Students have to make groups and arrange the song


Task #1

This activity is to introduce vocabulary and reinforce new vocabulary

  1. Teacher sends a TinyCard Set about places.
  2. Students make pairs and quiz their classmate by asking a question about the new vocabulary
  3. They switch places and quiz other students
Task #2

The aim of this task is to help students familiarize with the expressions to talk about what you can find a city.

  1. Students make groups of 5, they are given a set of scrambled sentences and they have to arrange the words so the sentence makes sense .
  2. Each member of the group is given a  set of 3 sentences, once they finished
  3. Students gather with other students that have the same set and make sure they have the same answers.
Task #3
  1. Teacher plays a  video,students listen to it
  2. Teacher plays the video one more time and students answer this online quiz

Task #4

  1. Teacher introduces how to make polite questions using do you know? could you tell me? can you tell me?
  2. Teacher sends different maps that students need  and they describe those places to their classmates.


Alternartive #1
  1. Students make group of 5.
  2. Students have to create a collage, the collage must be about 10 places they can find in the nearest city.
  3. Students have to know where those 10 places are located.

Once the groups are finished, a member of each group join a group and they ask question to each other about the places in their collages.

Alternative #2
  1. Students are sent this video 
  2. They analyze it and they have to make groups of 3 and create one similar.


  1. Teacher reviews the vocabulary by doing an exercise online with the students

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