Marieke Marieke

Holidays lesson TP7a (Marieke Steuben)
Beginner level


In this lesson, students get some practice using holiday vocabulary and expressions. First they talk about what you can do on holiday in their country. Then they listen to a dialogue about a holiday in New York and answer questions. The listening exposes them to the target language, past simple negatives and questions.


Abc HO NY sentences
Abc Cutting Edge Module 11 p 90-91
Abc HO on holidays
Abc Vocab slips
Abc Postcards from Scotland
Abc Cutting Edge Starter CD 2

Main Aims

  • To give students practice listening for gist and for specific information in the context of a holiday in New York City.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To practice using vocabulary relating to holidays, places and actions


Lead in (4-6 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students re: holidays

1. Show postcards. Elicit as much as possible. You can go walking in the mountains. By the sea you can go swimming, fishing or sailing. In town, you can go shopping, go to a restaurant, or go to a concert. 2. Show pictures. Elicit: by the sea, in the mountains, a big city, in the country. Which is the best place to go on holiday?

Vocabulary (7-8 minutes) • To elicit and check vocabulary regarding holidays

1. What can you do there? Using "You can" and pictures on WB, elicit: (by the sea) go to the beach go swimming go fishing (in a city) go shopping go to restaurants go to museums stay in a hotel (in the country) go for a walk go camping stay in a tent (in the mountains) go climbing go skiing go for a walk 2. Drill and practice: What can you do by the sea? What can you do in the mountains? What can you do in a big city? What can you do in the country?

Collocations (8-10 minutes) • To practice collocations with travel expressions

1. Give out slips with vocabulary. On WB make 4 columns for go / go to / go for / stay. Ask sts to place slips on board in the right column. 2. Show HO. Ask sts to list places they like to go on holiday. List 3 places. What can you do there? For example, "In Istanbul, you can... go to museums." 3. Speak in pairs. Tell your partner what you can do on holiday there. 4. Nominate and ask them what their partner did. Correct errors.

Predicting for listening (5-7 minutes) • To set up listening activity by first predicting

1. Show pictures of NY. Where is this? What can you do there? 2. Work in pairs. Make a list. 3 things you can do in New York. 3. Compare with another group. 4. WC - What can you do in New York? (nominate)

Listen for gist (2-3 minutes) • To practice listening for gist

1. Matt and Claire went to New York. Listen to Matt talking about their holiday. One question - did he enjoy the holiday? Did he like it? Play recording 11.1 2. FB - yes or no?

Listen for specific information (8-10 minutes) • To practice listening for specific information to answer questions

1. Show HO. Listen again. Make a tick if Matt and Claire did do this. Make a cross if they DIDN'T. Do an example and show on WB. Did they go for a walk in Manhattan? (yes they did - put a tick) 2. Play recording again. 3. Ask if they need it a third time. 4. Check answers by drilling. "Did they go for a walk in Manhattan?" "Yes they did." or "No they didn't." Split class in half and ask one half to ask the question and the other half to answer. Do them out of order to mix things up.

Practice writing sentences (6-8 minutes) • To practice using simple past in sentences

1. Show HO and show examples on top. Go through these together. 2. Give HO and ask them to work in pairs. 3. Put wrong answers on WB and ask them to correct them.

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