Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Holidays - ESL EFL Worksheets, Activities and Games

Holiday Habits

ESL/EFL Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

In this enjoyable worksheet activity, students find out about one another's holiday habits by asking and answering present simple yes/no questions with 'Do you...?' Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students go around the classroom asking each other present simple yes/no questions from the prompts on the worksheet, e.g. 'Do you take a lot of photos when you go on holiday?' When a classmate replies 'Yes, I do', the student writes down their name and asks a follow-up question to gain more information, noting down the answer in the last column of the worksheet. If a classmate answers 'No, I don't', the student repeats the question with other classmates until one of them says yes. When everyone has finished, students give feedback to the rest of the class on their classmates' holiday habits.

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The Hotel Information Exchange

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

In this enjoyable worksheet activity, students ask and answer questions about the location of hotel facilities, opening/closing times and the price of hotel rooms. The students are divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. Student A then asks Student B questions about the Grand hotel and completes missing information in a table on the worksheet. When Student A has completed all the information, the students swap roles and Student B asks questions about the Hilton hotel. Afterwards, the students compare worksheets to check their answers. Students then discuss the two hotels and decide which one they prefer and why. After that, the students give feedback to the class on their answers. As an extension, the students create a hotel dialogue using the language from the activity with one student taking on the role of a hotel receptionist and the other as a guest.

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Holiday Bingo

ESL EFL Reading, Listening and Matching Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

In this fun group activity, students play games of bingo by listening to definitions and matching them to holiday words and phrases on bingo cards. The students are divided into groups of five. Each group is given a set of 16 bingo cards and a copy of the caller's sheet. One student takes the caller sheet and the other students take a bingo card each. The students then play games of bingo in their groups with students taking it in turns to be the bingo caller. The bingo caller reads out definitions of holiday words and phrases in a random order. When a student has crossed off three squares in a row either horizontally, vertically or diagonally, they shout 'Bingo'. The bingo caller then gets the student to read out the crossed off holiday words and phrases to check the answers. If the words and phrases are correct, the student wins a point. The students then continue the game to see who can cross off all nine squares on their bingo card. The first student to do this shouts 'Bingo'. If the answers are correct, the student wins a point. Afterwards, the students play a new game with another student taking on the role of the bingo caller. This continues until all the bingo cards have been used. The student with the most points at the end of the game wins.

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Holiday Conversation Questions

ESL EFL Reading, Matching, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 40 Minutes

In this rewarding worksheet activity, students complete holiday conversation questions with 'Wh' and yes/no question words and then ask and answer the questions with a partner. The class is divided into two groups (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. Working with the people in their group, students use question words in a box on the worksheet to complete a set of holiday conversation questions. When the students have completed the questions, the answers are checked with each group. Students then pair up with someone from the other group. The students take it in turns to ask and answer the questions with their partner. When everyone has finished, the students give feedback to the class on what they found out.

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Holiday Postcards

ESL EFL Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 45 Minutes

In this creative worksheet activity, students write postcards describing positive and negative holiday experiences. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students begin by writing down positive and negative adjectives to describe different aspects of a holiday. For example, if the aspect was food, students might write: disgusting, cold, delicious, tasty, etc. The students are then divided into pairs. The students dictate their name and address to their partner and write the information on two postcards on the worksheet. The students then write postcards to their partner, describing imaginary positive and negative holiday experiences. In Postcard 1, students complain and describe negative aspects of their holiday, e.g. 'I ordered a pizza and it was disgusting'. The students end the postcard with a suitable closing (e.g. I wish you were here) and sign their name at the bottom. Students then repeat the process with the second postcard. In Postcard 2, students describe positive aspects of their holiday. When everyone has finished, students take it in turns to read their postcards to the class and feedback is given.

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Holiday Plans

ESL EFL Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes

Here is an engaging worksheet activity to help students ask and answer questions about holiday plans. The students are divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. In their pairs, the students complete missing information about four people's holiday plans by asking and answering questions with 'going to' and the present continuous. When the students have finished, they compare worksheets to check their answers. Students then use the same questions to ask about their partner's holiday plans.

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Holiday Question Time

ESL EFL Reading, Matching, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

In this insightful worksheet activity, students complete holiday conversation questions with question words and then use the questions to interview a partner. The students are divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. Working alone, students use question words in a box on the worksheet to complete a set of holiday conversation questions. When the students have completed the questions, the answers are checked with the class. Students then take it in turns to ask the holiday conversation questions to their partner. Students note down their partner's answers and ask follow-up questions to gain more information. When everyone has finished, the students give feedback to the class on what they found out about their partner.

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Making and Confirming a Booking

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

In this useful worksheet activity, students learn how to write emails booking and confirming a hotel room. The students are divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. The students then use information and language on the worksheet to write an email booking a hotel room. The booking includes information about the date of arrival, number of guests and room/hotel requirements. When the students have written the email, they give it to their partner. Students then write a confirmation email in response to their partner's booking. Afterwards, the students read out their emails to the class and feedback is given.

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Weekend Tour Competition

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

In this fun group activity, students have a competition to see who can provide the best weekend tour of their local city for a group of international tourists. The students are divided into groups of four and each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Each group then takes on the role of a tour company. The students think of a tour company name for their group and write it at the top of the worksheet. The tour companies then have a competition to see who can provide the best weekend tour of their local city for a group of 30 international tourists. Each tour company has a limitless budget and the one that creates the best tour wins a lucrative business contract. Each group then decides on an itinerary, which starts from Saturday morning at 7 a.m. and ends on Sunday at 10 p.m. The itinerary includes all the details of the tour, including things like accommodation, meals, sightseeing, transportation, entertainment, etc. When everyone has finished, the groups take it in turns to present their tour to the class. While students listen to another group's presentation, they make notes about the tour at the bottom of the worksheet. At the end of each presentation, students challenge the presenting group's tour ideas and openly point out weaknesses in their itinerary. When all the groups have presented, there is a class vote to see which tour company wins the contract.

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Trip to Thailand

ESL EFL Reading, Listening and Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 20 Minutes

In this intriguing activity, students role-play a travel agency conversation about a holiday to Thailand where they discuss transportation, distances, travel times and accommodation. The students are divided into pairs. One student is given a customer role card and the other is given a travel agent role card. The students then role-play the conversation in their pairs. The customer's task is to find out as much information as they can about transportation, travel times, distances and accommodation. Then, book what they consider to be the best options for their holiday. The travel agent's task is to sell the most expensive options by making up information about the benefits and advantages of the higher-priced options. When the students have finished, the customers give feedback to the class on the options they chose for their holiday and what they thought of their travel agent's sales technique. The travel agents' then reveal their intentions for selling the higher-priced options and explain how successful they were at doing that.

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