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July 15, 2007

Lesson Plan Activity- Holiday Itinerary

Hello Readers,

While many English language schools come complete with a computer lab, few teachers seem to take advantage of such a facility. Perhaps you'd like to start utilizing computers into your classes, but aren't sure where to start. Well, here's a sample lesson plan that...

... takes little time to prepare, can easily be adapted to suit your learners and should be interesting and motivating for your students.

Holiday Itinerary:

1. Discuss either the city you are in or another major city that most of your students would know. Have the students visited the city? What kinds of things have they done? What kinds of things would they like to do in the future?

2. In small groups, have the students discuss what types of things they like to do when they visit a new city.

3. Ask students to make a plan for a day in the city which they all agree with. Give the students a few websites to use for research (eg. for London: http://www.visitlondon.com/, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London, or www.timeout.com/london/). It might also be useful to give them maps of the city or to refer them to a website that includes a map.

4. Ask students to complete a worksheet like this:

Time: Activity: Location: Cost: Short Description of Activity:

5. Give students time to prepare a short presentation on their day out together.

6. Groups present their holiday plan. At the same time, have other students write down a question or two about each presentation. Allow time for questions after each presentation.

7. To follow-up with this, each student could do independent research on a city they would most like to visit and to write a short essay on what they would do in the city.

This kind of activity is especially good for students who are living in a new city while studying, as it encourages learners to learn about the city they are in.

Hope that helps!

Until next time,

Carol Rueckert
Writer, ESL Lesson Plan
E-mail: crueckert@eslemployment.com
Blog: www.esl-lesson-plan.com

"I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand." - Chinese Proverb

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About the author of this entry:
Carol, a native English-speaker who hails from the small town of St. Joseph in Minnesota, USA, worked in China for more than 7 years. During that time, she worked with students of all ages and levels. She worked at universities, private language schools, grade schools, international schools, and did private tutoring as well. Besides teaching, she also worked as a head teacher, an education manager, and a material development manager. In addition to working on this newsletter, she also writes a monthly column for Time Out Beijing. Carol is also currently working on her MA in TESOL at Oxford Brookes University in England. Look for her posts on the ESL-Jobs-Forum discussion boards!

Posted by crueckert at July 15, 2007 03:59 PM

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