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Functions: Communicating travelling experiences, giving reviews
Notions: Travelling habits
Lexis: Idioms, phrasal verbs, antonyms, informal language
Structures: Past simple
Skills: Reading for gist, inferring meaning from context, writing a review
What to do:
*Lead in discussion:
–Ask the Ss the following questions:
– What’s the most interesting place you’ve ever visited? Why?
– Do you travel very often?
– Are you planning any trips in the near future?
[these questions can be done in whole class discussion or in pairs if the class is large]
– Ask Ss if they are familiar with the website Trip Advisor.
– Do they use it? Passively or actively?
– Have they ever written a review? Good or bad?
[Elicit answers and say ‘we’ll come back to those soon’]
– Ask if anybody has ever been to Thailand [Elicit answers]
– Tell the Ss that they are going to read a review about a trip to Thailand taken by a woman called Lisa.
* Reading for gist:
– Ss have to quickly skim the text and answer the question:
‘Was Lisa happy with her holiday?’
– Then elicit some answers why Lisa wasn’t happy about her holiday.
*Inferring meaning from context:
– Tell Ss to pay attention to the words in bold
– Elicit possible meanings for each word/phrase, allow Ss to speculate and teach the vocabulary where necessary.
– Now ask Ss to discuss the following questions in pairs or groups:
What’s your opinion on package holidays?
Do you usually travel light?
Have you ever suffered from a jet lag? When?
Have you ever haggled over the price? What was the item you wanted to buy?
Have you ever been ripped off?
When was the last time you woke up at the crack of dawn?
Do you like catching some rays in summer?
Can you name 3 things that you consider tacky/tasteful?
Have you ever been to a very posh restaurant? What was it like?
– Tell Ss that they need to find opposites to the target vocabulary
[Encourage pair/group work and the use of online dictionaries. The below right are some suggestions of what they might discover]
to wake at the crack of dawn – to have a lie-in
to travel light – to travel with a lot of luggage
posh – downmarket, budget
to suffering from a jet lag – to feel sharp (as a tack)
to be keen on catching some rays – to be keen on hiding away from the sun
a package holiday – a self-guided holiday
refreshments – inedibles
tacky – tasteful, expensive
to haggle over a price – to buy something at face value
to be ripped off – to grab a bargain
*Writing a review
– Give Ss time to write a review about a holiday and use some of the vocabulary they have learned.
Lisa’s Trip to Thailand
I had to wake up at the crack of dawn to catch my flight. Thankfully I usually travel light, so it wasn’t too difficult to handle my luggage and check in.
My flight was 15 hours long, so once I got to my posh 5 star hotel I was feeling so exhausted that I went to sleep.
Unfortunately the next day I wasn’t feeling refreshed, I was suffering from a serious jet lag, yet I was still very keen on catching some rays on the sandy beach. As this was a package holiday, I thought that the sunloungers and the refreshments were going to be included in the price.
To my surprise I was asked to pay a 10 pound fee to the tacky souvenir shop owner, however, luckily I managed to haggle over the price and get it for 5 pounds.
What a rip off!