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Unit 19: Virtual voyage

Day three: Travel plans


  • Students will be able to discuss traveling with classmates
  • Students will be able to talk about making preparations for travel at a travel agency
  • Students will be able to make suggestions for sight-seeing
  • Students will be able to communicate in oral paragraphs and strings of paragraphs

Setting the Stage (5 minutes)

Teacher leads class discussion about students' prior travel experiences.

  • Where did students go?
  • How long was their trip?
  • What did they see?
  • What did they do?
  • What did they learn?

Input (15 minutes)

Teacher has several examples of travel agency brochures or advertisements that he or she has found on the Internet. Teacher shows these to the class and discusses the content of these materials. Teacher writes any new vocabulary on the board in the target language and in the students' native language. If no such material is available online, then Teacher provides a written and hopefully illustrated itinerary of a trip that he or she has taken in the past. Here is a sample itinerary.

Teacher shows the vacation slide show and reads the captions provided by the little boy who is the subject of this show. (Teacher can prepare the slide show in advance by re-writing the captions in the target language.)

Teacher asks who, what, when, where, why questions about the content of the brochure, itinerary and slide show to assure students' engagement and comprehension of the material.

The brochure, written itinerary, and slide show provide a model for what the students will be producing in their culminating activities or projects for this unit.

Guided Practice (10 minutes)

Teacher asks students to assemble with their Unit Project team. Teacher provides each team with a copy of The Rules for Good Traveling, or Teacher has written the rules on the board.

The Rules For Good Traveling
  • Always be courteous. You are a representative of your country and must be a model of good behavior.
  • Avoid staying out late at night. Be back in your hotel by midnight at the latest.
  • Do not have loud discussions or play loud music in your hotel room.
  • Give your luggage porter a tip. Tipping is a custom we all observe.
  • Pay attention to your tour guides. They will have interesting information for you.
  • Always stay with your tour group. Be on time for all appointments.
  • Use your free time wisely. Exchange money or finish chores first.

Teacher clarifies new vocabulary and writes down translations for new vocabulary on the board. Teacher instructs students to read and discuss these rules

Independent Practice (20-25 minutes)

Teacher instructs teams to write an itinerary of travel for one week in a country where the target language being learned is spoken. Students can use this time to research their country on the Internet.

Closure (1 minute)

Teacher encourages students to continue research related to possible travel plans on the Internet.

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