Travel ESL Activities, Role-Plays and Games

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ESL Travel Routines Activity - Speaking: Table Completion, Asking and Answering Questions from Prompts, Sentence Completion - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

In this insightful travel routines speaking activity, students ask and answer questions about how they travel to school. Students begin by completing a table about how three people come to school. Students also complete information about their own travel routine at the bottom of the table. Next, students ask each other questions about travel routines to school and complete a second table with answers. Afterwards, students use the information in the table to complete four sentences. Finally, students report back to the class on their classmates' travel routines.
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A Day out in Tokyo

ESL Travel Plans Activity - Speaking: Sentence Completion, Role-Play, Guided Discussion - Pair Work - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this useful travel plans speaking activity, students respond to suggestions about things to do in Tokyo and make travel plans for a one-day trip in the city. First, students read short conversations about suggestions on things to do in Tokyo and complete responses with adjectives from a box, according to their own opinion. In pairs, students then take it in turns to read the conversations with their partner using their own answers in response. Next, pairs use the words and phrases from the first exercise to plan a day out in Tokyo and complete sentences explaining three things they have decided to do. Finally, students share their travel plans with the class.
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London to Paris

ESL Travel Information Role-Play - Speaking Activity: Asking and Answering Questions from Prompts, Communicative Practice - Pair Work - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this free travel information role-play activity, students practice conversations between a ticket agent and a customer where they ask and answer questions about travel information. In two groups, students look at the missing information on the worksheet and prepare the questions they need to ask for the role-play. Next, students pair up with someone from the other group. One student then takes on the role of a ticket agent and the other is a customer. The two students role-play a conversation where they ask and answer travel information questions with the customer noting down the answers. When the students have finished, they swap roles and move on to the second role-play. Afterwards, pairs present their travel information role-plays to the class and the language is reviewed.
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Making and Cancelling Hotel Bookings

ESL Hotel Bookings Activity - Vocabulary, Reading and Writing Activity: Ordering, Binary Choice, Gap-fill, Writing and Presenting a Dialogue - Pair Work - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

Here is a productive hotel bookings activity to help students practice language for making and cancelling hotel reservations over the phone. In pairs, students begin by placing two strips labelled 'Making a Hotel Reservation' and 'Cancelling a Hotel Reservation' beside each other on their desks. Students then arrange the other strips in order under the correct headings to form two related conversations. Next, students refer to the two conversations and underline the correct words or names in sentences. After that, students complete sentences with keywords from a box. Lastly, in their pairs, students write a making or cancelling a hotel reservation dialogue of their own and then present it to the class.
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Travel Mix Up

ESL Travel Dialogues Activity - Vocabulary: Matching, Ordering, Role-Play - Pair Work - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 40 minutes

Here is an engaging travel phrases activity to help students practice travel language used in three different situations. In pairs, students take out three conversation heading cards (at the airport, at the hotel, on the bus) and place them face up on the desk. Next, students make three travel dialogues from cards by putting them in order under the headings. When the pairs have finished, they practice the dialogues and read them out to the class. As an extension, students write and present a new dialogue from one of the travel situations.
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Travel Dominoes

ESL Travel Collocations Game - Vocabulary: Matching - Group Work - Intermediate (B1) - 20 minutes

In this enjoyable travel collocations game, students play dominoes by matching words together to make collocations related to travel. The first player puts down one of their dominoes on either side of the domino on the table, making sure that the words match together to make a travel collocation, e.g. check-in desk. The other players then take it in turns to match their dominoes in the same way by putting them down at either end of the domino chain. The first player to get rid of all their dominoes wins the game. Students can also play the game using a points system. In this version, each time a student makes a travel collocation, they score one point. The student then tries to make a suitable sentence using the collocation for an extra point. The student with the most points at the end of the game wins.
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Where did they go?

ESL Travel Questions Activity - Speaking: Asking and Answering Questions from Prompts, Table Completion, Gap-fill - Group and Pair Work - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this fun travel questions speaking activity, students talk to one another to solve a mystery about who went where on holiday. In groups, each student takes on the role of someone who has been on holiday to a mystery country. The students' task is to find out information about each person's holiday by asking questions and completing a chart with the information. Next, in pairs, students look at the information in their chart to work out who visited which country. Students then complete sentences with the corresponding names and countries. Finally, review the correct answers with the class.
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