Travel the World as a Pet Sitter (Intermediate Lesson Plan)

ESL/EFL Level: Intermediate (B1/B2)
Lesson Topics: Pets, Travel
Skill Focus: Reading, Speaking, Vocabulary
Approximate Class Time: 1.75 hours
Lesson Plan Download: pet-sitting-travel-world-intermediate-042024.docx
Lesson Overview:

  • After warm-up questions, students read a 299-word passage on traveling the world as a pet sitter.
  • After comprehension questions, students match vocabulary from the video to definitions and then  form discussion questions using the target vocabulary.
  • There are two debate topics--one about the risks of pet sitting and the other about the benefits of tourism on communities.
  • The lesson has two role-play scenarios. The first debates the value of owning a pet for people who want freedom. The second is an interview with a prospective pet sitter.
  • As a bonus activity, students are asked to think of five guidelines they could post on their petsitting site that would benefit new pet sitters.
  • This is followed by some famous quotations about pets and travel. The lesson ends with a review of vocabulary and collocations before presenting some final discussion questions.

A man sitting inside a home with a dog on his lap.

INTERMEDIATE (B1/B2) Lesson Plan on Pet Sitting


  1. Where would you like to travel?
  2. What are ways to save money when traveling?
  3. Are you an ‘animal person’? What would be your dream pet?

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Comprehension Question Answer Key

  1. Benefits include staying for free in another country, saving money, companionship from pets, and experiencing life like a local.
  2. They can register on trusted websites, check social media profiles, and have an interview.
  3. She had to take a sick dog she was caring for to the vet several times because it swallowed a rock.
  4. This is important because pet sitting without a work visa is illegal in many countries.

 Vocabulary Answer key: 1-f, 2-g, 3-a, 4-b, 5-j, 6-d, 7-h, 8-e, 9-I, 10-c

Collocations: 1-c, 2-b, 3-f, 4-d, 5-a, 6-e


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