Here’s a helpful MEDO tip from MEC Training Assistant, Steph Earnshaw:

Don’t forget about MEDO! To access it all you have to do is click on the Dictionary link in MEC as shown below.

The MEDO atlas is a great tool for encouraging your learners to find the English names for different places around the world.

To find the atlas, click the ‘Study pages’ link at the top right of the dictionary page. This will open a new window where you can click on the part of the world that you would like to see. Below is the world map (Peters Projection).

The maps are clickable so you can simply click on a location to zoom in. When you click on a specific country the flag for that country will also appear at the top of the page. Below is the map of Greece.

For an interesting homework exercise for low-level learners, why not get them to use the MEDO atlas to find the English names for different countries and capital cities? Remind them to add the new vocabulary they have found to their MEC wordlists. Next lesson, hold a short test on country names and capital cities.

As a follow up exercise get your learners to use the MEDO atlas to write short sentences describing the features of their native country. Which cities are on the coast and which are by the sea? Which cities are in the North, South, East, and West of the country? How many rivers are there and what are their names?

For a simple speaking activity, divide your class into pairs and get each learner to describe to the other where different countries, cities and rivers are on a map. This is a good opportunity for them to practise using directions such as North, North-East, South, South-West, etc. For example: Turkey is to the East of Greece. You could also get them to practise basic comparatives and superlatives by comparing countries. For example: There are more rivers in Spain than in Portugal.

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