Part 1 of the Cambridge PET (B1) reading paper involves understanding signs, notices & messages. As a revision activity in class we went through the following types of language below that could appear in this part of the exam (taken from a Cambridge handout) and imagined a situation where we might find/see them.
prohibiting, requesting, inviting, apologising, warning, advising, explaining, instructing, greeting, thanking
Some examples my students came up with...
Prohibiting - A river or lake, 'You are not allowed to fish here.'
Apologising - Roadworks, 'We are sorry for the delay to your journey'
Greeting - Airport, 'Welcome to Spain.'
Inviting - email, 'Please come to my Party this weekend'
and so on for all of them
Following that discussion I assigned one place to each pair of students e.g A river or lake to one pair and roadworks to another etc. I then asked them to write down a sign for every word type for that place.
Prohibiting- Smoking is prohibited in the airport
Requesting - Please stay with your luggage at all times
Instructing - Do not panic if the plane crashes
As usual plenty of room for creativity, one group came up with a whole set of signs for Mcdonalds restaurant and as long as the language was good whether the sign would really be seen in real life wasn't too important.