Lesson Plans: Describe Travel Plans and Tourism

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Contents and Language

  • It’s a beautiful beach, the Hotel has an incredible view, the Natural Reserve, and National Park is located in Guanacaste.
  • It offers free transportation, Jacuzzi, hot water, TV. Cable.
  • There are single, double rooms.
  • Some attractions are white sand, clear water and others.
  • Some activities to do are Canopy, Rappelling, rafting.
  • I want to Check in/ out.
  • Can I make a reservation?
  • Some facilities are swimming pool, room service, and others.
  • I Suggest / recommend this hotel because it’s cheap.
  • You Should visit / can’t miss the museum, plaza de la Cultura
 

Functions

  • Making a reservation.
  • Describing tour packages and tourist places.
  • Asking for information about a place to go.
  • Making choices about going on a trip.

Values and Attitudes

  • Respect when asking for a service.
  • Tolerance for other people’s opinions.
  • Friendliness when interacting with others.
  •  Sharing with others.
  • Commitment towards community improvement. 
  • Concern towards rights,debts, and customer laws

Culture

  • Different tourist attractions in Costa Rica and other parts of the world.
  • Ways to describe landmarks, attractions and tourist attractions.
  • Different activities people do on vacation.

Speaking


Objective:

Making suggestions and recommendations

Presentation

Teacher introduces key structures to make recommendations

During- reading

Task #1: Students are given pieces of papers  that they have to unscramble to make recommendations, once recommendation are scrambled, students say them aloud.

Task #2: Students see pictures and slides and make recommendations using the phrases already introduced.

 Post- reading

Students prepare a conversation in which they make recommendation, those conversartions are spoken in front of the classmates.

Evaluation of Learning Outcomes:

The teacher by means of rubric will evaluate Ss ability to make recommendations 


Listening


Objective: 

Listening for key information in context

Pre-listening: 

Teacher shows a presentation with key expresssions used when making a reservation + how to say telephone numbers in English and the alphabet to spell complicated names and last names

During-listening:

Task #1: Teacher tells ten telephone number and  spells ten complicated last names, once they are finished, they repeat this information back to the teacher

Task#2: Students fill in the gaps as they listen three different situations in which a reservation is made.

Task#3: The teacher ask questions that they student answer from reading the text

Post-listening:

Students write a conversation about making a reservation and they perform it in front of class

Evaluation of Learning Outcomes:

The teacher by means of rubric will evaluate students’ oral ability to make a reservation


Writing


Objective: 

Writing sentences and paragraphs to describe tourist attractions

Presentation

Teacher introduces key vocabulary about touristic places, activities you can do in them and the accomodations that hotels and resorts provide by using a presentation and a vocabulary list.

Teacher and students check the pronunciation of the new words using the cambridge online dictionary and then they play a game to memorize the vocabulary

Practice 

Task #1 : Students read a short paragraph and write the accomodations and activities that you can in touristic places

Task#2:  Students see a powerpoint slide and describe the accomodations and  characteristics offered by some hotels.

Production

Students write a paragraph in which they describe a touristic place of the their choice

Evaluation of Learning Outcomes:

The teacher by means of rubric will evaluate students’ ability to describe touristic places


Reading


Objective: 

Asking information about touristic places

Presentation

The teacher using a  powerpoint presentation  introduces key structures to ask information about places to go and visit and its possible answers

The teacher checks the ponunciation of the vocabulary using  the cambridge online dictionary

Practice 

Task#1 Students are going to unscramble sentence to make questions to ask information about places to go and visit.

Task#2 Students read the questions and look for the answers to the questions

Task #3 Students unscramble sentences to form a conversation

Production

Students write a short conversation about a hotel using key information provided by the teacher.

Evaluation of Learning Outcomes:

The teacher by means of a  rubric will evaluate students’ ability to ask for information offered by touristic places

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Turu Ba Ri Nature & Adventure Park

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Turu-Ba ri

HEY kids!  Tell your mom and dad about the new fun tropical park.  That’s only about an hour and a half away from San José.  It’s called Turu Ba–Ri Tropical Park, and it’s located in Turrubares (between Puriscal and Orotina).

There are activities for everyone, Things to do include riding on trails with a guide, visiting a  butterfly house , bamboo,  cactus and orchid gardens,  and flying  through the air on canopy tours for beginners over ten years old and advanced adventurers.  All  accompanied by tour guides.

More  lodges should be open soon for those of you who would like to spend the night there too.

Park entrance: adults 2.000 Colones, students 1.200 Colones, foreigners $15, foreign students $10.

Canopy tour with snacks and a tour  guide : foreigners $40, students $30; residents 12.000 Colones, students 10.000 Colones.

Horseback riding  tours : students 8.000 Colones, residents 10.000 Colones, foreigners $40, students $30.

Call (506) 4052-0940 or write to  info@turubari.com for more information

Choose the appropriate alternative to answer the question,  from the reading above.

1)    How long does it take to go from San José to Park Turu Ba–ri?  It takes __________________ minutes.

A)    just sixty–six

B)   only ninety–five

C)   only about ninety

D)   about eighty–three

2)    What kind of people go to the adventure park?

A)    Only adults.

B)   Children

C)   Foreigners only

D)   Everybody

4)    The Tropical Park offer one of these activities

 A)   Bungee Jumping

B)   Parachuting

C)   Canopy Tours

D)   Bull Riding

5)    Which does the Park offer?

A)    Just dinner and lodge.

B)   Free entrance to the park.

C)   Free entrance to students

D)   Low rates for students.

6)   We can contact  Turu Ba–Ri  park for information  ___________________________________

 A)  By visiting its website

B)   By sending a letter through traditional mail

C)   By  making a phone call

D)   By visiting  a travel agency

Wanna learn more about Turu Bari ,Consider visiting Turubari.com

Whale Watching on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast

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Complete the article  using the  words from the list

  • Coast
  • Beautiful
  • Swimming
  • Tours
  • Natures
  • Species
  • beaches
  • Boat
  • Habitat
  • Park
  • Enjoy
  • Dolphines

From August to October and from December to March, tourists in Costa Rica are able to watch humpback whales, who migrate from the Northern and Southern hemispheres to breed and give birth in the warm waters of the Costa Rican Pacific ___________________. This event can be enjoyed by going to Dominical or Bahía Ballena __________________, among others, located just three hours away from San José.

There are more than 15 micro entrepreneurs who offer services in the marine tourism industry near Marino Ballena National ______________. These small companies have been working together with Keto Foundation for two years now to improve the conditions of the infrastructure used to transport tourists to the sea to ___________________the whale-watching event; also, they have taught these businesspeople to respect and protect these huge and _______________________ mammals by not approaching them too much or bothering them with the boats. By doing this, both the workers and the animals have benefited, since now these people know that they have to keep the whales’ _____________________ in good condition so they can continue offering their services.  This foundation gave a badge called the Good Practices Sea Star System to the businesses that are involved in this program.

Tourists will be able to watch female whales nursing and ________________________with their young near Golfo Dulce. These animals are usually calm as long as they do not feel threatened and there is enough distance between them and the tour__________________. That is why people have to stay in the boats and follow the instructions at all times for the adventure to be pleasant and memorable. The prices of these________________________ are not that high and are usually available Monday through Sunday, so they are always accessible for tourists who really want to witness this magical experience that _______________________ offers. During the tours, people will also be able to watch other marine ________________________ such as bottlenose and spotted ______________________________

Taken from the Costa Rica News