This class has 5 interactive activities that will provide you with the location vocabulary you need to describe a map for IELTS academic writing task 1.
Choose the correct direction for each letter of the compass.
We can use certain prepositions with these nouns of direction (see exercise 1). The three prepositions that we will cover in this class are in, to and from.
We use in to state the location of something.
My house is in the south of the city.
Look at the map below. Answer the questions about the map in full sentences.
Example: Where is the river? The river is in the center of the town.
to + direction noun + of + noun
We can use the preposition to + direction noun + of + noun
in order to show the relationship between two locations.
My house is to the south of the main shopping area.
Look at the map of the town again. Answer the questions with full sentences.
What is the relationship between the two places?
Example: The school is to the east of the farm.
We use from and to in order to describe the location of long features on the landscape such as rivers, roads and train lines.
The example below is based on the map we have studied:
The road runs from the river to the north of the town.
Study the map. Answer the questions with full sentences using the verb ‘run’.
Example: Where is the main road? The main road runs from the river to the north of the town.
Use Adjectives and Nouns
In order to get a higher band (7+) for vocabulary, it is important to use a range of different vocabulary. We can change the direction nouns we have studied in this class into direction adjectives. Look at the examples below.
north – northern
I live in the north of England. / I live in the northern part of England.
centre – central
I live in the centre of England. / I live in the central part of England.
Look at the map. Use direction adjectives from the box to answer the questions.
We hope you found this lesson useful. Now move on to our next Maps Vocabulary Class
, where we teach you words used to show the changes in use of land, with two model Maps answers!