Google Maps would be my first choice for any kind of maps: Google Maps.
Hello all, I am looking for a website where I can print out street maps to use when teaching "how to give directions" in English class.
Any suggestions? Thank you.
Thank you for your reply but I have already spent a very long time indeed trying to find such a simple teaching aid. I thought to save anymore frustration I'd ask for help.
How about this one: Maps of the world, country map search - powered by Multimap
Or this one: Street and Road Maps
Or, if they're not appropriate, you could use an idea I saw another teacher use (in a Portuguese class, as a matter of fact, but it would be just as good for English). Give out blank sheets of paper, and get your students to fold them in 8 (good practice for imperatives), and then unfold them. You explain that each crease represents a road. The students have counters or dolls or figurines or whatever, and have to move their place marker in accordance with their partner's instructions.
I also saw another teacher who had done a bit more preparation, but not much. They had drawn a blank street-plan and photocopied it. Each student had a copy of the blank. They had five minutes introducing new vocabulary (cinema, supermarket, police station ...), then student A drew five places somewhere on the map, while student B did the same (with five others, randomly chosen). (Or if you had time on your hands (!) , each pair could have ten cards - picture prompts - dealt evenly between them.) They then told each other how to get to places (quite fun, when A's petrol station occupied the same space as B's swimming pool).