Present Simple and Continuous- Create a Town

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Present Simple and Continuous Create a tourist town task
Worksheet 1- Guess the tourist site

Warmer- Try to find things in common between the area where you live and the area where your 
partner lives, e.g. shops, transport connections, types of buildings, and distance from the centre of 
town.

Are there any famous, historic or beautiful places near where you live? What would you say about 
them if you were showing them to a tourist?

Are there any world tourist  sites you could give tourists a guided tour of? Which places would you 
choose and what would you say?

What do you know about the places below?

1. The Great Wall of China

2. Big Ben – the clock tower of the British Houses of Parliament in London and its famous bell

3. The Taj Mahal- a tomb built for an Indian queen that looks like a huge white mosque

4. The Eiffel Tower- the famous communications tower in Paris

5. The Blue Mosque- the most famous mosque in Istanbul, near Aya Sofia and with a similar 

huge dome

6. The World Cup Stadium in Seoul- where some 2002 World Cup matches were played

Below are some phrases used by tour guides while giving tours of some of the places above. There 
is one Present Simple and one Present Continuous sentence in each case, but some of the places 
don’t match any
.

a) “It is used for sports events once or twice a week”

b) “Hundreds or thousands of people are shopping, eating and watching movies in there now”

c) “The call to prayer comes from the four towers called minarets 5 times a day”

d) “Hundreds of people are climbing the stairs, and maybe a hundred more are taking the lifts”

e) “The top viewing platform moves more than 1 metre when there is a strong wind”

f) “We can’t go in now, because people are praying”

g) “The clock rings four times an hour”

h) “It is striking twelve”

Which places are not described above? What would you say if you were a tour guide showing the 
places that aren’t used above? (Try to use both the Present Simple and Present Continuous)

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2009

Present Simple and Continuous Create a tourist town task
Worksheet 2- Design a town and tour

Design your own imaginary historic town and a tour of it, drawing the places on a map. Put six 
sights into it, maybe using some of the suggestions below. As you decide each sight, write one 
Present Simple sentence and one Present Continuous sentence that a tour guide could say as they 
show it to some tourists.

Suggested local sightseeing spots
Castle

Moat

River

Palace

Mansion

(Thatched) cottage

Clock tower

Town hall

Hotel

Railway station

Natural history museum

Local history museum

Department store

Park

Garden

Hot springs

Church

Cathedral

Monastery

Abbey

Mosque

Temple

Shrine

Holy site

Well

City walls

Aqueduct

Theatre

Opera house

Parliament/ Senate

Statue

(Town) square

Shopping street

(Open air/ antiques/ street/ flea) market
Graveyard/ cemetery

(Tree-lined) avenue

A cobbled street

Ferris wheel (= big wheel, e.g. the London Eye)
Bridge

Botanical gardens

Skyscraper

Pier

Station

Tower

Tram (= streetcar)

Cable car

Harbour

(Art) gallery

Zoo

Fountain

Casino

Theme park

Beach

Add some historical places that are no longer there and write sentences about them with “….there 
was/ were… but now…”

Write about some changes to the historical places you decided on with the same language.

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2009

Present Simple and Continuous Create a tourist town task
Worksheet 3- The tour

Change groups. Show your new partner your map and pretend you are taking them on a tour.

Suggested questions for the tourists:

Ask questions using the correct tenses of the verbs in brackets below. More than one tense might be 
possible in some cases. To add speaking practice, please don’t write in the gaps until the activity is 
finished.

What _______________________ (those people do)? 

What time ________________ (open)?

________________________ (open every day)?

__________________________ (people still live there)?

How many people ____________________ (visit every day)?

How much ______________________________ (cost)?

How many paintings ___________________________ (in there)?

Where _____________________________ (go to)?

What _______________________ (we look at) now?

Imagine you were writing a script for a recorded tour of the city to be played on someone’s MP3 
player. What directions could you give them to get around the town? (Use the map you drew to help 
you)

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2009

Present Simple and Continuous Create a tourist town task Answer key
Worksheet 1 Answers

1. The Great Wall of China

No sentences included

2. Big Ben – the clock tower of the British Houses of Parliament in London and its famous bell

g “The clock rings four times an hour”

h “It is striking twelve”

3. The Taj Mahal- a tomb built for an Indian queen that looks like a huge white mosque

No sentences included

4. The Eiffel Tower- the famous communications tower in Paris

d “Hundreds of people are climbing the stairs, and maybe a hundred more are taking the lifts”

e “The top viewing platform moves more than 1 metre when there is a strong wind”

5. The Blue Mosque- the most famous mosque in Istanbul, near Aya Sofia and with a similar 

huge dome

c “The call to prayer comes from the four towers called minarets 5 times a day”

f “We can’t go in now, because people are praying”

6. The World Cup Stadium in Seoul- where some 2002 World Cup matches were played

a “It is used for sports events once or twice a week”

b “Hundreds or thousands of people are shopping, eating and watching movies in there now”

Worksheet 3- Suggested answers
What are those people doing? 

What time does it open?

Does it/ is it open every day?

Do people still live there?

How many people visit every day?

How much does it cost?

How many paintings are there in there?

Where does it go to?

What are we looking at now?

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2009