Travel & Tourism (Intermediate ESL Lesson Plan)

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Travel Lesson Plan (ESL): Intermediate

A lesson plan on travel

Travel Lesson Plan (ESL): Warm-up (Pair Work)

1) Where are you planning to go for your next holiday?
2) Is there a place you’d never visit again? Where and why?
3) Do you prefer traveling independently or with a group on an organized tour?
4) What do you know of the following countries: Uganda, Myanmar, Ukraine, and Jordan?

Travel: The Top Four of Lonely Planet’s “Countries To Visit in 2012” List

1. Uganda – Stability is slowly returning to this African nation after dictatorships and civil war. Uganda is home to Kampala, one of Africa’s safest capitals. Tourists can discover snow-capped mountains overlooking jungles, savannah bordering vast lakes, and the source of the Nile River. Wildlife, once hunted to near-extinction, is also returning. Tourists are cautioned that Uganda has little tolerance for homosexuality, and travel to the northeastern parts of the country is not advised.
2. Myanmar (Burma) – Burma changed its ban on independent travel in 2010. The country, surrounded by mountains and white-sand beaches, now welcomes tourists. Towns and pagodas can be found in the center among the Buddhist locals. Although the travel ban is over, tourists should remain cautious.
3. Ukraine – One look at the glorious Old Town Kiev will be enough to make you forget the stereotypes you may have of this former communist country and home of Chernobyl. High among its attractions is Crimea – a region, linked by ferry to the port city of Odessa, for sun tanning and relaxing on the Black Sea amidst rugged mountains and ancient ruins. Beer in Ukraine is also cheaper than water.
4. Jordan – Jordan is more than the UNESCO World Heritage site Petra, a complete ancient city carved into a mountain from the 6th century BC. Tourists can also enjoy Wadi Rum, an elevated valley cut into stone in south Jordan, and the cities of Jerash and Madaba. Jordan is said to be one of the most friendly and welcoming nations in the Middle East.

Travel: Unconventional Tourism

New kinds of tourism have been gaining popularity and significance lately. One example is ecological tourism (eco-tourism); a responsible form of travel that aims to reduce the negative impact it has on the fragile environment and indigenous communities. Also, space tourism is expected to become a billion dollar industry in the next decade. Virgin Atlantic plans to begin flights to space in 2013. (318 words)

Travel Lesson Plan (ESL): Vocabulary Matching

Match the words with their meaning as used in the news lesson.
  • stability – the quality of being well-balanced and not changing
  • savanna(h) – a flat area covered with grass and few trees
  • extinction – a situation in which a type of animal/plan no longer exists
  • tolerance – acceptance; understanding
  • ban – an official rule that says sth is not allowed
  • pagoda – an Asian template that looks like a tower with several levels
  • ruin – the part of a building that remains after it has been damaged
  • unconventional – unusual; not traditional
  • impact – the effect sth has on sth
  • fragile – easily broken; weak
  • indigenous – native; aboriginal

Travel Lesson Plan (ESL): Connect the below idea(s) to make a sentence.

government / uprising
stability / war
wildlife / savannah
extinction / dinosaurs
tolerance / homosexuality
ban / airplane
ruins / pagoda
unconventional / tourism
impact / indigenous
fragile / environment


Travel Lesson Plan (ESL): Work Tourism Rankings (Group Work)

Which 10 countries do you think ranked highest in the world tourism rankings? Try to guess with a partner. (Answers (from 2010) on the bottom of next page.)

Travel Lesson Plan (ESL): The Foreign Visitor (Pair Work)

Option 1: A foreign VIP client of your company will visit from this Thursday to next Monday. Your boss has given you an unlimited budget to show your country to the client. Design the best itinerary you can for the visit.
Option 2: You met some friendly aliens on a recent space flight. You invited them to visit Earth sometime. Yesterday, they contacted you. They’d like you to give them a 5-day tour of your planet. Design the best itinerary you can. (Transportation will not be a problem as you can use their spacecraft.)

Travel Lesson Plan (ESL): Role-play #1

Student A:
You want to take your wife/husband on a trip this weekend. First, decide where you want to go. Then, phone your travel agent to reserve a plane ticket and hotel. Also, ask for recommendations of things to do there.
Student B:
You are a travel agent. Student A will soon phone you. Try to sell him/her one of the below travel packages. (He/she will tell you the destination.)
Option 1: round-trip, first class, $950. Hotel: Hilton, $250/night, *****
Option 2: round-trip, economy class, $310. Hotel: Doug’s Inn, $99/night, ***

Travel Lesson Plan ESL: Role-play #2

Student A:
You have just arrived at your hotel. Go to reception. Tell them you: 1) you have a reservation, 2) you want breakfast in the morning, and 3) you need to be woken up at 7am.
Student B:
You are a hotel receptionist. Welcome the guest to your hotel. Kindly tell him/her that there is a problem: you cannot find his/her reservation because of a computer system problem.

Travel Lesson Plan (ESL): Discussion Questions

1)     Problems: What problems do tourists commonly have? What problems have you had when traveling?
2)     Airlines: Which do you prefer and which do you avoid?
3)     Nationalities: who are the best and worst tourists?
4)     What is the stereotype of people from your country?
5)     UNESCO: What UNESCO sites does your country have?
6)     “When in Rome do as the Romans do” ß do you believe in this saying?
7)     Cuisine: What unusual things have you eaten abroad?

2010 Tourism Ranking: France (76.8m), US, China, Spain, Italy, UK, Turkey, Germany, Malaysia, Mexico (22.4m)

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17 comments on “Travel & Tourism (Intermediate ESL Lesson Plan)

  1. (Posted on 5-28-2012 at 19:24) Reply

    This looks like a great lp. I plan on doing it this week with my 8th gr. RR class. Thanks

  2. admin (Posted on 5-28-2012 at 21:54) Reply

    I hope it works out. What is RR?

  3. chongkon (Posted on 11-19-2012 at 14:25) Reply

    It’s very useful for me. Thanks.

  4. Timur (Posted on 1-9-2013 at 06:34) Reply

    Sorry, but Odessa is aside from the Crimea and linked with it by a ferry.

    1. mb Post author (Posted on 1-9-2013 at 07:09) Reply

      Thanks. I’ve updated the lesson plans.

  5. Melina (Posted on 1-9-2013 at 14:02) Reply

    Thanks, it worked out perfectly. But it took more than a 2h class to finish it.

  6. Rohan (Posted on 2-5-2015 at 09:38) Reply

    This plan is great!! Went down a treat. Had a lot of fun. Thanks.

  7. egarlizaspan (Posted on 3-26-2015 at 11:46) Reply

    WoW! very useful for me. Thank You so MUCH!!!!

  8. china (Posted on 4-15-2015 at 23:42) Reply

    Great lesson plan, thank you.

  9. COTE d'IVOIRE (Posted November 20,2015) (Posted on 11-20-2015 at 18:34) Reply

    Great lesson plan. helpful

  10. Anonymous (Posted on 5-9-2016 at 00:14) Reply

    thanks alot

  11. sena (Posted on 6-11-2016 at 16:48) Reply

    I have written the sentences.

  12. Ola (Posted on 4-20-2018 at 13:47) Reply

    This plan looks interesting. Will I teach it to two students in approx. 60 minutes? Thank you in advance for your replying.

    1. mb Post author (Posted on 4-20-2018 at 17:08) Reply

      You’ll be able to cover half of it in an hour. If I were you, I’d pick the most interesting parts. Also, the world has changed since 2012 so some of the information is outdated.

  13. Stan (Posted on 8-13-2019 at 11:01) Reply

    Where is the 2010 list of most visited countries? I can’t find it.

    1. MB (Posted on 8-13-2019 at 20:55) Reply

      2010 Tourism Ranking: France (76.8m), US, China, Spain, Italy, UK, Turkey, Germany, Malaysia, Mexico (22.4m)

  14. Audreyy (Posted on 9-14-2019 at 20:41) Reply

    The discussion questions are a good idea. I’ll make use of them thanks!

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