Google maps are really good to use. It is easy to find locations, such as towns, suburbs and streets. The directions section is great and really easy to understand.
Google maps will be a great tool in class. As an English teacher finding locations in novels, articles, reports etc is always a benefit as it helps to increase a students understanding. From the maps it is easy to make a transition to Google Earth to see a more detailed picture, especially in other countries.
Using Google maps and Google Earth helps to make the content in class more relevant to students.