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Holiday USA
Elementary level


In this lesson, students will practice listening and speaking through the context of "Holidays". The course will start by students brainstorming information related to San Francisco as a warmer. The students will then link some words that are related their pictures as a lead in. Furthermore, the students will have another task related to vocabulary, I decided to include this task in order to define and explain some of the vocabulary which might cause a problem for the students during the lesson. Later students will listen to a recording and are asked to put pictures in order as a gist reading. Students then have to do a detailed listening exercise, in which they have to match activities to the places they are linked to. lastly, the lesson will end in a speaking activity in which students will be divided into groups and will be asked to walk around the classroom and look at the pictures on the wall and talk about the different destinations shown, which one do they prefer, etc. Students later will be asked to write 2/3 sentences talking about the country they would like to visit.( from the 5 pictures)


Abc Match the activities to the places

Main Aims

  • To provide gist and specific information listening practice using a text about Holiday

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of traveling and holidays


warmer (3-5 minutes) • To start the lesson using the students' information and background knowledge.

1) I will write on the board San Francisco and I will project the pictures on page. 62 and 63. I will ask the students what do they know about San Francisco. - Where is it ? In which country ? etc. Students are supposed to know information about San Francisco because it will be discussed in the lesson that precedes my TP.

Lead-in (5-6 minutes) • Pre-teach vocabulary

Having the same pictures from pages 62 and 63 on the WB, I will have printouts of the words from exercise 4-b: A prison, a cable, a bridge, a park, an island, tourists , boats on the WB and I will ask the students to find these things in the pictures and I will arrange the words under the pictures in the FB

Vocabulary (6-7 minutes) • To define the blocking words of the listening

I will give the students handouts of some words from the listening and I will ask the students to work in pairs and match the words to their definitions. The aim of this task is to prepare the students for the listening

Gist listening (5-6 minutes) • listening

I will ask the students to listen to the recording and put photos A - D in the order. Which place did Rachel talk about first, second, third and fourth. I will play the recording. I will ask the students to peer check. then I will write the answer on the WB

detail listening (8-10 minutes) • listening for specific information

Students will listen to the recording and have to do ex. 5 in page 62 Students have to match the activities that Rachel talks about to three places ( either Golden Gate Park (G), Nob Hill (N), Fisherman's Wharf (F).

Post-Listening task (8-10 minutes) • speaking

I will have pictures of holiday destinations glued on the walls of the class. I will divide the students into 3 or 4 groups ( depending on how many students are there) and I will ask them to walk around the class and observe the pictures. Talk about the things they see in the picture, if they would like to travel there and what would they do there. I will ask them to use the words they have learned and practiced during the previous session of vocabulary. ( During this period I will have the vocabulary displayed on the WB to help the students ) When the students are done, I will ask them to get back to their seats and write 2 sentences about their favorite destination out of the 5 picture they have seen and what are the activities they would do there.

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