Thomas Songer Thomas Songer

Summer Holiday Lesson Plan Week One Day two
ESL English Student Intermediate Proficiency L5 Ages 15-80 level


By the end of this lesson, students will DEMONSTRATE direction, signs and related vocabulary used in travel, as well as speak what they have learned in a ROLE PLAY in groups and in front of their peers


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Main Aims

  • To provide practice of travel related vocabulary in the context of travel
  • To provide and build vocabulary, reading, listening, prosody (word stress, timing, intonation)

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide accuracy speaking practice in a conversation in the context of travel


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Introduce yourself in class stating your name and where you are from example "My name is Tom and I am from Orlando Florida United States."

Exposure on dialouge (15-20 minutes) • To provide a model of the task and highlight useful words and phrases

Human Knot Game To play, the groups must communicate and figure out how to untangle the knot (forming a circle of people) without ever letting go of any hands. If you wish, this icebreaker can be played competitively, in which the facilitator says “Ready.. Set.. Go!” and has all the groups race to become the first group to finish. If any group member lets go of a hand (breaks the chain), then the group must start from the beginning, or you could impose a penalty/punishment for that person (e.g. wear a blindfold). This game typically takes 15-30 minutes to complete. You can impose a time limit if you wish to make the game more challenging. When you are done with the Human Knot activity, you can ask some debrief questions if you wish, such as “How well did you group work together? What strategies did your group adopt? How did it feel to solve the game?” etc. Must ask with phrases to get premission to travel and get unlocked from the knot

Task (8-10 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

Ask the students what signs or directions were given to them in the game. Have them write them down on their workbooks

Planning (10-10 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to plan students' reports

Give each student a vacation survey and have them pair up to interview each other. Once they've interviewed each other, have students choose a dream vacation for their partner. This exercise can be repeated numerous times with different partners. VACATION SURVEY Which sentence best describes your feelings towards vacations? Why? My idea of a good vacation is staying at home. My idea of a good vacation is to visit a number of important cities and explore the culture. My idea of a good vacation is to travel to an exotic beach in a foreign country and then relax for two weeks. My idea of a good vacation is to put on my backpack and disappear into the hills for a few weeks.

Report (6-8 minutes) • Survey

Which type of travel do you think you would like the best? Why? A long road trip in the car. A twelve hour flight to a foreign country. A train ride across the country. A luxury cruise through the Mediterranean. How often do you take short trips (two or three days)? I take a short trip at least once a month. I take short trips a few times a year. I take a short trip once a year. I never take short trips. If you had the chance, would you ... ... take a week trip to an exciting city. ... spend a week at a meditation retreat. ... visit family that you haven't seen for a long time. ... go white water rafting for a week. Who do you prefer to take vacations with? Why? I prefer taking vacations with my close family. I prefer taking vacations with my extended family. I prefer taking vacations by myself. I prefer taking vacations with a good friend. What type of vacation activity sounds like the most fun? Why? Lying on the beach Hanging out at a night club Visiting a museum Skiing down a mountain How important is eating well to you when you are on vacation? It's the most important thing! It's important, but not for every meal. A good meal is nice, but not that important. Just give me food, so I can keep going! What type of accommodations do you prefer on vacation? I'd like a luxury suite, please. I'd prefer something close to the beach. I need a clean room, but it should be economical. I'd prefer a tent and my sleeping bag.

Language Analysis (6-8 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the task language

Take the opportunity to clarify any miss pronounciations or meanings in the surveys

Language Practice (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with practice of the task language

Write 50 word short paragraph of your dream vacation

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