Talking about Future Travel

This is another speaking topic for students. Click here to read the introduction to the series.

Students, remember, you can only speak English while you do this activity. Don’t speak your native language for at least one hour. You can do it!

Teachers, you can adapt these for lessons, or give them as homework.

Topic: Future Travel

Objectives: After the discussion, you should be able to discuss future travel.

Materials: A computer with an internet connection; Pictures of these things (from a magazine or on the internet): A fork, a car, a toilet, a skirt, a tree, a soccer ball, and a cigarette

Grammar: Future Modals

Expressions

Listen and repeat these expressions.

I’d love to go there. Say these about places that you want to visit
I think that’s the most beautiful place in the world.
It looks like paradise.
I think it’d be better to avoid that place. Say these about places that you don’t want to visit.
I heard bad things about it.
It’s not high on my list of places to go.
I’d love to live there. Say these about places that you want to live.
I could make a home there.

Vocabulary: Paradise, Island, Museum, To go skiing, To go hiking, To go swimming, beach, site seeing

Google the Vocab Do a Google image search for each word and discuss the pictures with your partner. (You can also draw pictures of each word and discuss the pictures with your partner.)

Controlled Activity Search YouTube for these countries and the word “travel”: Thailand, North Korea, France, Russia, Columbia, Canada.  Watch a video. Answer these questions:

What do you see?

Would you like to visit this country? Why/Why not?

Question Time Ask your partner these questions.

If you had $100,000,000, which countries would you visit?

Which countries would you like to live in?

Could you live in a country where you don’t speak the language?

Which languages would you like to learn?

What things do you like to do on vacation?

Would you prefer to visit museums or sit on a beach?

Would you prefer to sit on a beach or go skiing?

Would you prefer to go skiing or go shopping?

Do you like camping?

Your Questions Now write five discussion questions and ask your partner.

Same or different? Write the names of five countries. Then look at pictures of these things and answer the questions below

A fork: Do people eat the same in your five countries? Do they use forks? How do they eat?

A car: Do people drive a lot in your five countries? How do people normally travel inside a city? How do they travel between cities?

A toilet: Do most people use a toilet in your five countries? Are toilets necessary?

A skirt: How do people dress in your five countries? Are short skirts OK? Why/why not?

A tree: Describe the nature in your five countries. Are there mountains? Oceans? Beaches? Where do you think people go on vacation?

A soccer ball: What are the most popular sports in your five countries? Do you like those sports?

A cigarette: Do a lot of people smoke in your five countries? Is it OK to smoke in bars and restaurants?

Watch a Movie Find a movie about travel and watch it with your partner. Here are some good choices.

National Lampoons European Vacation (Comedy)

Earth (Documentary)

Elizabethtown (Romantic Comedy)

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