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vocabulary: holidays / travel
skills: beach
skills: tourism

Worksheets for travel / holidays
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Countries, cities, attractions (146)
gapped lists and matching


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Travel speaking topics (147)
Ss pick topic to talk about.


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Travel mime game (256)
Ss mime where they went, what they did from prompts


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Egypt dialogue (258)
Split dialogue discussing a trip to Egypt


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Travel anecdote (633)
Travel anecdote (staying in a hotel with bed bugs) that can be cut into strips - 15 - 30 students



Audio for travel / holidaysPage top ↑
Day trip with a difference (i.e. space trips) (405)
Two presenters talk about commercial space carriers offering day trips into space


Day trip with a difference (i.e. space trips) (406)
Two presenters talk about commercial space carriers offering day trips into space


Backpackers (407)
Two Canadians talk about backpackers and compare them to tourists and other travellers


Travel preferences (408)
American speaker interviews British speakers about her travel preferences


Your Ideal Trip (945)
Vox pops: What would be your ideal trip?



Video for travel / holidaysPage top ↑
Michael Palin - Full Circle - Machu Picchu (81)
3:04 Difficult in parts - spoken prose, softly spoken interlocutor


Speakout Advanced Podcast Unit 3 Places (662)
People in the street answer three questions about travel. Tell us about travelling and your favourite places. Do you have any holidays or trips planned? Do you have a regular haunt that you like to visit?



Pictures for travel / holidaysPage top ↑
Travel picture set (77)
Set of 12 pictures. (1) The Lourvre; (2) a cable car in the Alps; (3)The Blue Mosque Instanbul; (4) The Niagara Falls; (5)Ramses Temple, Aswan, Egypt; (6) The Taj Mahal; (7) Canals, Venice; (8} The Leaning Tower of Pisa; (9) The Winter Palace, St Petersgu


Holiday destinations picture set (10 pix) (162)
Eiffel Tower; Grand Canyon; Colisseum, Rome; Phuket, Thailand; Taj Mahal; Pyramids and Sphinx; Red Sqare with Kremlin and St Basil's; Serengeti, Tanzania; Big Ben; Uluru / Ayer's Rock, Australia


Book references for travel / holidaysPage top ↑

General English course books (adults)

English Result Pre-Intermediate Student's Book book cover English Result Pre-Intermediate Student's Book 
Mark Hancock   Annie McDonald   
Unit 2 My region  Pages 16 - 17  Tourist attractions
Unit 2 My region  Page 19   describing places
Unit 2 My region  Pages 16 - 17  Tourist attractions
Unit 2 My region  Page 19   describing places

Inside Out Student's Book Advanced book cover Inside Out Student's Book Advanced 
Ceri Jones   Tania Bastow   
Unit 2 Taste  Page 17   A taste for travel
Four speakers talk about food in countries they have visited. Language for expressing enthusiasm and reservations
Unit 2 Taste  Pages 18 - 19  Restaurant review
Reading in two parts about a nice family-run restaurant that is bought by an entrepeneur and spoiled.
Unit 3 City  Page 24   cities quiz
Six-question cities quiz
Unit 3 City  Pages 26 - 27  Where in the world
Five travel-guide extracts. Read and guess the destination. Follow up vocabular work
Unit 3 City  Pages 28 - 29  Negative limiting adverbials
Examples and analysis Write a short description of a town or city Anecdote about visiting a city
Unit 3 City  Page 30   One big party
Guidebook-style piece on Leicester Square, London.

Inside Out Student's Book Intermediate book cover Inside Out Student's Book Intermediate 
Susan Kay   Vaughan Jones   
Unit 11 Journey  Pages 92 - 93


Inside Out Student's Book Upper Intermediate book cover Inside Out Student's Book Upper Intermediate 
Vaughan Jones   Susan Kay   
Unit 8 Escape  Pages 68 - 77
(1) Reading textA day at the seaside
Adapted from Notes from a big country (humorous) by Bill Bryson
(2)Listening : I'll never forget you. Woman talks about a holiday romance.
(3) Follow up work on discourse markers (Let's get back to the subject ; to put it simply etc.)
Includes a gapped text and another listening on the same topic to check the answers.
(4) Reading: Every postcard tells a story - analysis of types of postcard.
(5) Reading and speaking: Insider's guide. Ss read guide book extracts and guess cities. Then discuss their favourite citie.
(6) Speaking : the travel talk game. Board game needing dice and counters. Each square has a travel-related speaking topic, e.g. 'the qualities of an ideal travelling companion'.

Unit 12 Student  Pages 115 - 116
student travel

New Cutting Edge Pre-Intermediate students' book book cover New Cutting Edge Pre-Intermediate students' book 
Sarah Cunningham   Peter Moore   
Module 6 Time off  Page 55 
Listening: The holiday from hell - couple talk about a bad holiday. Ccomprehension questions + gap fill summary
Module 6 Time off  Pages 58 - 59
Listening: making enquiries at a travel agent Speaking: travel agent role play. Travel agents have details of 8 holidays.

New Cutting Edge Upper Intermediate students' book book cover New Cutting Edge Upper Intermediate students' book 
Peter Moore   Sarah Cunningham   
Module 3 Adventures and mishap  Page 36   Writing a narrative
Analysis of the structure a short narrative about a trip to the Grand Canyon. Students write story about a frighening expreience.

New Inside Out Student's Book Upper Intermediate book cover New Inside Out Student's Book Upper Intermediate 
Susan Kay   Vaughan Jones   
Unit 7 Escape  Pages 68 - 69  A day at the seaside

Straightforward Advanced Student's Book book cover Straightforward Advanced Student's Book 
Roy Norris   
1A A fresh start  Pages 6 - 7  Reading: change
Four short texts dealing with different kinds of change.

Photocopiable resource books

Play Games with English Book 2 (1981-8) book cover Play Games with English Book 2 (1981-8) 
Colin Granger   John Plumb   
Memory 6 airport talk page 40 - 41  Pages 40 - 41
Two pictures: Arrivals and departures. Ss match speech balloons with people in pictures.

Speaking / listening skills books

Just Listening and Speaking Upper Intermediate book cover Just Listening and Speaking Upper Intermediate 
Jeremy Harmer   Carol Lethaby   
Listening 3 - What photographs remind us of  Pages 12 - 13
Four pictures (3 of them abroad), four speakers. Match picture with speaker. Vocabulary matching activity - disparate words and phrases.

Real Listening & Speaking 3 book cover Real Listening & Speaking 3 
Miles Craven   
Unit 7 I could do with a break  Pages 34 - 36
Listening: six speakers talk about their preferred types of holiday Listening: Booking a holiday. Spot the errors on booking form Speaking: travel recommendations Speaking: asking for detailed information Answering tourists questions in your home town Asking a tour guide questions
Unit 8 It's an amazing place  Pages 38 - 41
Listening: asking a friend for advice about a holiday destination Speaking: asksing for information about holiday destinations Listening: an informal talk about Peru

General English adult course resource packs

Reward Intermediate Resource Pack book cover Reward Intermediate Resource Pack 
Susan Kay   
11a and 11b Around the world in 10 minutes  Page 11 
Present perfect with 'still', 'yet' and 'already'
27 Holiday crossword  Page 27 
Ss write crossword clues using defining relative clauses. Subject : holidays and travel.
34 If you come here  Page 34 
Ss decide on a holiday destination from four options that are read out by other students in the group.
Progress check 31 - 35 Holiday choices  Pages 31 - 35
Ss list words and phrases under headings: 'The holiday of my dreams' and 'the holiday of my nightmares'. Compare and discuss.

Reward Pre-Intermediate Resource Pack  book cover Reward Pre-Intermediate Resource Pack  
Sue Kay   
13 Getting ready to go  Page 13 
Talking about holiday plans

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