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Wednesday, October 20, 2004

MY HOMETOWN

We will be doing work on Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth in class.
When we finish you will have to write a description of your hometown.

My hometown is Huesca. I was born and brought up there. So this is my description:

HUESCA


Huesca is a small city of about 45,000 inhabitants, located in the northern part of the area called Aragon, in northeastern Spain. The mountain range of the Pyrenees forms a natural border between Huesca and France.

Like most of Spain, Huesca’s climate is continental, which means very hot summers and very cold winters. In summer many people enjoy the beautiful National Parks scattered along the mountains. There are many camping areas, hotels and rural accommodation for those who want to enjoy nature and the many activities available in the area. There is camping, trekking, fishing, and horse riding. You can swim in clear rivers, filled with icy water from the melting snow that still covers the high peaks of the majestic Pyrenees. In winter Huesca is well known all through Spain for its fantastic skiing fields.

Huesca is the capital of a big but mostly uninhabited province, also called Huesca. As the capital city, it provides most of the services for the province. There are hospitals, schools, university, art galleries and a museum. The province of Huesca does not have big manufacturing industries, it lives mainly on agriculture, cattle in the Pyrenees and tourism.

The 10th of August is the day of San Lorenzo (St Laurence), the city’s saint patron. For two weeks the city becomes a huge party for every one, young and all. There are religious celebrations, concerts, music and dancing on the streets, markets, fireworks and even bullfights. Everybody dresses in white with green scarves around the neck and a sprig of basil pinned to their clothes. Celebrations start early in the morning and last till very late at night. Some people stay up all night and go home to have breakfast the next day!

The people of Huesca are warm and friendly. Visitors come from all over Spain to stay in Huesca.

Panticosa (Pyrenees) ......Dressed in white & green

Students' work

Click here Huesca Report to print the description of Huesca and some excersices that will help you write your own description.

Once printed, do the following exercises:

1. Name the different parts of the report:

  • General statement
  • Description & details (1,2, 3,…)

2. Highlight the verbs in yellow: mostly present tense

3. Highlight the generic participants in pink: groups of people not individuals

4. Circle the adjectives: Are there any comparatives or superlatives?
5. Underline the noun groups (article+adjective+noun)
6. Notice the specific vocabulary: geographical, climate, people, customs, special events
7. Notice the conjunctions used to link sentences


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