1. Ask the students: How often do you use English outside the class? Do you happen to listen to/speak/read/write it? When? With whom? What for? Do you know about ways that others have found useful to practise English, even if they don't or can't follow regular English classes? Try to elicit the variety of opportunities that are available locally, and list them on the board in different sections, e.g.
- newspapers - magazines - readers - advertisements
- cinema - videos - TV programmes
- CD-Roms - the Internet - e-mail
but don't go into too much detail - a fuller list will be available as a result of the survey.
2. Suggest that the students carry out a small survey to find out what is actually available where they live to practise English. Hand out the task sheet or write it on the board for the students to copy. Go through its headings and make sure the students understand them.
3. Ask the students in the next two weeks to find out as many resources as they can and list them, under the relevant headings, with all the necessary details. Suggest that they make a note of what they already know, notice new resources, ask friends and relatives, check local magazines, visit information centres, and collect any useful materials. Give one or two examples: If you know a good bookshop where you can get bargain books, write its address. If you find a library where you can borrow CDs, write its address and opening hours, take some application forms if possible, list the kinds of materials available, etc. Make the point that the final list should allow the students to really use the resources if they want to.
4. After two weeks, ask the students to pool their information in small groups and produce a list of resources following the format of the task sheet. They can attach any materials they were able to collect.