TP 4A - A Weekend Break
To give practice reading and speaking about hotels.
To introduce or review vocabulary pertaining to staying in a hotel.
Procedure (41-64 minutes)
"Is there anybody that wants to learn English so you can use it when you travel?" "What types of things will it be useful to talk about when you travel?" if hotels not volunteered, "Where will you stay?" (Hotel) "Why will it be useful to talk about hotels?" (So you can find a place that suits you) "Are all hotels the same?"
Give the students HO 1 and instruct them to fill in as many blanks as they can, putting the words from the box in the appropriate category. "ICQ - are you going to know all of the words?" (Probably not, we will go over the ones you don't know)
Elicit the TL based on the HO to see what students got correct / incorrect. "What type of location do you look for in a hotel? In a major city? /When you want to swim or get a sun tan? What about if you want to get away from the busy streets and crowds?" (City / town centre, near the sea / ocean / beach, "What different types of rooms do hotels have? What if you want to stay alone? With your husband / wife in a big bed? With a friend? With your whole family?" (Single, double, twin, family) "What facilities do you want in the room? What if you need to use your laptop? Or if you want to watch a movie at night? What is it called when the hotel staff brings food to your room? Do some rooms have drinks inside? Where are they kept?" (Internet connection, satellite TV, room service, minibar)
Instruct students to answer the questions on the handout by filling in the appropriate facilities based on the prompt. ICQ - "Do you need to write complete sentences?" No. Ask for some answers, get students to justify why they chose the facilities they did.
Drill the words that seem to be most problematic, i.e.: Town / City Center Internet Connection Room Service Satellite TV Air Conditioning Central Heating Lift Resort
Instruct students to think about where they want to travel and what type of hotel they want to stay in. Have them discuss the most important hotel facilities in their groups.
Instruct students to work in pairs and ask / answer the questions on the HO. "One person asks the questions one at a time, and the other person answers them. Then switch." ICQ - "Are we writing?" No, speak and listen. After, ask students some of the questions to get examples and hear how the use of TL is. Drill more if necessary.
Elicit the following words to ensure students know them: "Destination" "Ski / Skiing" "Energetic" "Social Media"
Break students up into four groups. Instruct students to work in their groups to design their own hotel facility according to the information in the HO. They need to decide on an appropriate location, as well as facilities. ICQ - "What are you going to do first?" Read the information about your guests. ICQ - "What are you going to do second?" Talk about what the guests want with your group. ICQ - "What are you going to do third?" Write down the facilities that your hotel will have. ICQ - "Are you making a list, or writing sentences?" Both, write a list first, then make sentences.