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Unit 19: Virtual voyage

Day four: A visit to the travel agency

Objective

  • Students will be able to talk about being a tourist in an another country
  • Students will work with team to rehearse a scene in a travel agency
  • Students will be able to use oral paragraphs and strings of paragraphs

Setting the Stage (2 minutes)

Teacher has set up a table in the front of the room. On the table is a computer and keyboard (or simulation). One or two chairs are in front of the table. One chair is behind the table. Teacher can place typical "office" paraphernalia on the table as props for this simulation.

Teacher informs students that he or she will be playing the role of a travel agent and will demonstrate, with one or two student volunteers, a scene in a travel agency.

Input (15 minutes)

Teacher sits down on chair behind the table. Teacher asks for a volunteer student or students to go to the classroom door and pretend to be walking into a travel agency.

Teacher gets up from the table and walks to the students at the door. Teacher greets them politely. Teacher gives his or her name as the owner of the travel agency. Teacher invites the student or students to sit down on the chair or chairs placed in front of the table with the computer or simulation of a computer.

Teacher and volunteer students simulate a conversation about travel itineraries. Teacher's questions:

  • Have you thought about where you would like to travel?
  • How long would you like to travel?
  • How many of you will be traveling?
  • How much would you like to spend on traveling?
  • What mode of transportation do you prefer?
  • Do you have any dietary restrictions?
  • What kind of hotel would you prefer, a hostel, a 3-star, 4-star, 5-star?

Teacher provides following information:

  • Countries that might interest the "customers"
  • Points of interest for sight-seeing
  • Activities of interest during travel
  • Names of hotels
  • Details of currency exchange
  • Types of climate conditions during travel

Teacher and "customers" agree on a country for travel, modes of travel and names of hotels where "customers" will stay. Teacher issues a simulation of airplane or train tickets. Teacher and "customers" say good-bye, and volunteer students return to their seats.

Teacher leads discussion of the simulation for clarification.

Independent Practice (30 minutes)

Teacher asks students to sit with their teams. Teacher instructs students to prepare a text of their team's Travel Agency skit. Teacher will collect the skits at the end of class for editing and suggestions for improvement.

Closure (5 minutes)

Teacher leads discussion on student progress with the Travel Agency skit for clarification. Teacher reminds student teams that they will be presenting the contents of their travel suitcase when the class meets again.

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