Monday, 05 December 2016

Holidays and Travel - ESL EFL Activities, Worksheets and Games

Holiday Habits

ESL/EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

In this enjoyable teaching activity, students conduct a survey about holiday habits to review holiday vocabulary and adverbs of frequency. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students begin by creating questions from statements about holiday habits. All of the statements contain an adverb of frequency. Students then go round the class asking and answering the questions on their worksheet. When someone in the class answers with a matching adverb of frequency (e.g. Yes, always.), the student writes that person's name next to the statement on their worksheet. Students must try to get a different name for each statement.

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London to Paris

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

This useful activity helps to teach students how to ask and answer questions about travel information. The class is divided into two groups (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. The students work together with the people in their group and write down the questions they need to ask to find out missing travel information on their worksheet. After the travel information questions have been checked, the students pair up with someone from the other group. The students then take it in turns to ask and answer the questions, noting down the answers on their worksheet. When they have finished, the students compare their answers with their partner. Finally, some pairs present their travel information questions and answers to the class.

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Modes of Transport

ESL EFL Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

In this crossword activity, students complete half a crossword by describing and guessing different modes of transport. The class is divided into two groups (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. Both groups have the same crossword, but Group A has the words down and Group B has the words across. Working together, the students invent and write down clues for the modes of transport on their crossword. When the students have finished writing, they pair up with someone from the other group. The students take it in turns to ask their partner for a clue to one of their missing words, e.g. What’s 3 across? Their partner reads out the clue for that word and the other student tries to guess the mode of transport. If the student guesses the word successfully, they write it on their crossword. If not, their partner continues to give more clues until the student is able to guess the word. When the students have finished, they compare their answers.

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The Hotel Information Exchange

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

In this rewarding information-gap activity, students ask and answer questions about the location of hotel facilities, opening and closing times, and prices. The class is divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. Students take it in turns to ask questions to their partner in order to complete missing information about a hotel on their worksheet. The students ask questions about the location of the hotel's facilities, the opening and closing times, and the cost of the various rooms. When they have finished, the students compare the two hotels to decide which they prefer and why.

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Travel Mix Up

ESL EFL Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 40 Minutes

In this memorable teaching activity, students practice holiday and travel conversations. The class is split into pairs and each pair is given a set of shuffled cards. The cards create three travel conversations. The students put the three heading cards out on the table (at the airport, at the hotel, asking for directions). The students then put the three travel conversations into the correct order. Each conversation has eight cards consisting of an eight-line conversation. When everyone has finished, pairs of students read out the conversations to the class. Then, each pair writes and presents a new dialogue from one of the travel scenarios.

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Air Travel Collocations

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

This ESL activity is perfect for teaching air travel collocations. In the activity, students practice making air travel collocations from a set of words on a worksheet. Students work in pairs. They take it in turns to say one of the words from the worksheet. Their partner then scores a point by making a correct collocation. Their partner can then score another point for using the collocation appropriately in a sentence. The student with the most points at the end of the game wins.

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Holiday Conversation Questions

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 20 Minutes

This supplementary worksheet helps students to talk about holidays and travel through the use of a list of conversation questions.

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Holiday Postcards

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 40 Minutes

In this creative ESL activity, students describe typical holiday experiences using positive and negative adjectives. Each student is given a worksheet containing two postcards. In the first postcard, students complain about things concerning their holiday. In the second postcard, students describe positive aspects of their holiday. In the activity, students learn how to write about bad holiday experiences using negative adjectives and enjoyable holiday experiences using positive adjectives. Students also learn about common postcard phrases (e.g. I wish you were here.) and how to talk about specific aspects of their holiday.

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Holiday Plans

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes

Here is an engaging activity to help students talk about holiday plans. In pairs, students practice asking and answering questions in order to find out missing information about four people's holiday plans. The information includes destination, transportation, length of stay, departure date and planned activities. After the activity has been completed, the students ask and answer questions about their own holiday plans.

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Making and Confirming a Booking

ESL EFL Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

In this beneficial writing activity, students learn how to write an email booking and confirming a hotel room. The class is divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. Each student uses a set of phrases from their worksheet to write an email booking a hotel room. The booking includes information about the number of guests, date of arrival and room requirements. When the students have written the email, they give it to their partner who then writes a confirmation email in response to their partners' booking.

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Travel Dominoes

ESL EFL Matching Activity - Pre-intermediate - 15 Minutes

This matching game improves students' knowledge of travel collocations. The students play a game of dominoes by matching holiday and travel words together, e.g. departure lounge, arrival hall, etc. In groups of three, students take it in turns to put down one of their dominoes, making sure that one of the words on their domino combines with one of the words on either side of the domino on the table. The first player to get rid of all of their dominoes wins the game.

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Travel Questionnaires

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

In this pairwork activity, students put words in the correct order to form travel questions about different means of transport. Then, they ask and answer the travel questions with a partner. The class is divided into two groups. A bus questionnaire is given to each student in one group and an airplane questionnaire is given to each student in the other group. Working together with the people in their group, students put the words into the correct order to form travel questions. The students then answer the questions and write the answers on their worksheet. After that, students form a pair with someone from the other group. They take it in turns to ask their partner the questions on their worksheet and then write down their partner’s answers. When they have finished, the students report back to the class about anything surprising they found out.

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Trip to Thailand

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 20 Minutes

In this compelling role-play activity, students practice a conversation at a travel agency. The class is divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a role card. Each pair of students role-play a conversation in a travel agency about a trip to Thailand. Student A has to book the cheapest holiday possible. Student A also has to get as much information as possible about modes of transport, distances, accommodation, prices and travel times. Student B is the travel agent. He or she has to answer Student A's queries and has to try to sell the most expensive holiday.

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Weekend Tour Competition

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 50 Minutes

In this fun class activity, groups of students compete to provide the best weekend tour of their local city to a group of international tourists. The class is divided into groups. Each group represents a tour company. The tour companies are competing to see who can provide the best weekend tour of their local city to a group of 30 international tourists. The winning company wins a lucrative business contract. Each group must decide on an itinerary that includes all of the details of the tour, such as accommodation, meals, sightseeing, transportation, etc. Each group plans their tour and then presents their itinerary to the class. At the end of each presentation, students point out weaknesses in their competitor's itinerary regarding things like timing, choice of restaurants, attractions, etc. The presenting group must then defend their ideas. When all of the groups have presented, there is a vote to see which tour company wins the contract.

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Holiday Bingo

ESL EFL Listening Activity - Intermediate - 25 Minutes

Here is a fun way to revise holiday and travel vocabulary with pre-intermediate students. Each student is given a bingo card. Each bingo card contains nine words or phrases about holidays and travel. The teacher starts giving definitions for the words and phrases. When a student hears a definition for a word or phrase that's on their card, they cross it out. When a student has crossed out three words in a row, they win the game and shout Bingo!

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Holiday and Travel Conversation Questions

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 25 Minutes

This is a useful worksheet to help students talk about holidays and travel. Students work with a partner. The students use a long list of conversation questions to discuss holidays and their travel experiences at length.

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In-flight Safety Procedures

ESL EFL Lesson - Intermediate to Upper-intermediate - 1 Hour

This lesson plan is a great way to get students to use vocabulary connected with air travel. Students begin by brainstorming ideas on the vocabulary necessary to explain in-flight safety procedures. The class then watches a YouTube video about in-flight safety instructions. The students compare their ideas with the information given in the video. The class is then divided into small groups. Their task is to create an airline and then write and present a set of airline safety instructions. The classroom is rearranged so that it imitates the seating plan and aisle of an aircraft. Each group then demonstrates their airline safety procedures to the class. The other students act as passengers. They listen and judge which presentation they like the most. This last part of the lesson is a lot of fun as the students are acting like they are sitting on a plane and listening to the cabin crew.

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Comments  

#2 Admin 2015-12-27 10:37
Hi Luke, It's great to hear that our resources really helped your students. Getting students to speak and use English in the real world is what it's all about. Thank you.
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#1 Komugi Craft 2015-12-25 23:44
I am the owner of Komugi Craft English School in Kakogawa City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. I recently had a student ask me to create a travel specific course that will give her enough language skills to be able to travel in Hawaii with her faimily.
I find these resources to be extremely useful and some of them are an entire lesson in themselves.
Thanks for providing such great resources for free. Your services are appreciated.

Luke Komugi Craft English School
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