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Holyrood Palace and Park

Let's visit the palace!

Edinburgh is a wonderful city, with an area of 264 km2. The population in 2013 was 487,500. Edinburgh lies at the heart of a larger urban zone with a population of 778,000. Edinburgh is home to the Scottish Parliament and the seat of the monarchy in Scotland.

At the end of the session, you will have:

  • used a thinking routine about the Holyrood Palace.
  • Revised and practised the present continuous.
  • Learnt the time expressions the present continuous is used with. 

To start with, let’s begin with a thinking routine, about the official residence in Scotland of the Royal Family. Look at the picture of the palace: 

Edinburgh Holyrood Palace from Holyrood Park

Ad Meskens. Edinburgh Holyrood Palace from Holyrood Park (CC BY-SA)

After viewing this palace, answer the questions below:

  • What do you see?
  • How do you imagine the palace?
  • How many bedrooms?
  • How many bathrooms?

Take a look at the Holyrood Palace Then, answer the following questions:

  • What do you think about living in a palace?
  • Have you ever visited a palace?
  • What does it make you wonder?

You can have more information to do this work with the 'Thinking routine' document.

Remember that the Holyrood Palace must be part of the route at your Google Sites map.

Continue with your posts on Twitter (#taskposter and #projectedinburgh) Have you ever visited a palace? Which one/s? You can share a picture of the palace you have visited or the one you would like to using the hashtags.

What are you doing right now?

When we want to express what we are doing when we are speaking or when we have already arranged something for the future, we usually use certain expressions with the present continuous. 

Busy Leith Street in Edinburgh

james denham. Busy Leith Street in Edinburgh (CC BY-SA)

Two resources can be really useful to understand and practise present continuous:

Take a look at the time expressions information at to see all the different time expressions that are usually used with the present continuous tense.

After doing these activities, you can create a mind map in pairs about the present continuous tense, its use and a list of examples about it.

You can use one of the following tools to create a mind map about present continuous: 

In order to do so, you will have to follow the  'Rubric for assessing a mind map'.

Your challenge: Edinburgh at the Google Site

Challenge Step 4: Organizing the Edinburgh entry at your Google Site 

At this step, you have to keep on organizing all the information you have gathered in order to complete the entry.

Each group ( 2 / 3 people) has to organize the information you have searched about Edinburgh at your Google Site. Creativity in the distibution of the contents is very important. 

At this step, you have to include at your Google Site the following information: 1 video about tourism in Edinburgh. Then, you can promote your video through twitter (#taskposter and #projectedinburgh) with a little introduction and its link.

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