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where shall we go

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Where Shall We Go?


Amanda Wraight


SKILLS: Listening, speaking, reading, writing
TIME: 45 minutes
MATERIALS: Worksheets (school trip, and where do you want to do -one for each student), ten large cards with country names and ten with city names, labelled pictures of activities and places to go, magnets, scrap paper




1. To learn basic vocabulary associated with planning a trip

2. To be able to describe what they would like to do on holiday

3. To learn a little more about where famous cities are in the world





1. Which Country Quiz – (group work)

Put on the board cards with the names of 10 countries and 10 cities. ALT/JTE reads them out, students should repeat. In groups of 4 (get students to move desks) students should quickly try to match up the cities with the country they are in. One person should write the answers on the scrap paper. Give them around 5 minutes only, then check the answers - ALT/JTE says the cities one at a time, students should say which country they think the city is in. Ask one group at a time and give hints as needed (point!). A copy of the full list can be given to students for reference afterwards, though it is mainly for fun. (students move desks back)



2. ‘School Trip’ – (individual work)

Give all students a copy of the worksheet ‘School Trip’. This is a list of 16 key phrases. ALT and JTE then read a dialogue (on the sheet ‘where do you want to go?’). Students should listen and circle the key phrases they hear in the dialogue which appear on the worksheet. Tell students they should have found nine and get them to count how many they have. Repeat the dialogue if needed. To check the answers, find one student who has all nine and ask them to read out each phrase. Other students check their answers. Check students understand all phrases. ALT to read out all the phrases on the sheet, students should repeat.



3. ‘Where do you want to go?’ – (pair work)

Next give all students a copy of the worksheet ‘Where do you want to go?’ On it is a copy of the full dialogue used above and another dialogue with places and activities left blank. Give the students a few minutes to read the dialogue to themselves. Put labelled pictures of places and activities such as Okinawa, Hokkaido, skiing, swimming, etc around the room. Explain that students need to work with a partner to complete the dialogue. They can choose any place or activity they want, those around the room are only hints. Once completed they should practice reading it with their partner.

Before students begin, ALT and JTE should quickly read the completed dialogue one more time as an example to the students. Students should just listen and follow the dialogue, not write anything.

Once most students have finished their dialogues and practiced, choose 3 or 4 good pairs to present their work in front of the class. Others should listen!





  • Prizes can be given for the winners of the warm up game, or only for any group which gets full marks (it’s not so easy!)


  • In the warm up game, some city names are found in more than one country. You can choose to tell students this and ask them to try to get all the countries for each city, or get them to match one-for-one with the main city with this name


  • Encourage the students to adapt the dialogue to make it more interesting/ funny. They can use the ‘School Trip’ worksheet to get extra vocabulary. Again you can offer prizes for the best/ funniest/ most creative as an incentive (bribe!)


  • To make it more challenging, ask students to try to memorize the dialogue before presenting to the class. It doesn’t have to be word perfect so long as the idea is pretty much the same


  • Extra time? After a pair has presented their work, ask other students questions on it requiring immediate verbal answers, for example, ‘Where did so-and-so want to go?’ ‘Why?’


  • Having two teachers means that while one goes over answers with students, the other can put up pictures around the classroom to save time and keep up the flow





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