GE|Upper-Int|Introductory travelling


welcome to the team

Answer the question

  • Nice [ˈniːs] — a popular tourist city in France
  • niche [niːʃ] — a job or activity that is very suitable for someone
  • «niche» holidays — holidays for people with particular interests
  • «flopout» holidays — holidays on the beach where you just «flop» or relax


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Read the programme listing. Did you guess correctly?

Read the list of «niche» holidays. Listen to the radio programme and mark the holidays which have been mentioned.

  • a battlefield — a ​place where a ​battle is being ​fought or has been ​fought in the past
  • steam train — a locomotive powered by the gas that water produces when you heat it


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Katie Derham Alison Rice Charlie Connolly

K: The buzz word de jour is «niche travel». Rather than the usual beach flopout, we’re turning instead to a growing band of small tour operators offering Thai cooking weeks, trips to Sri Lanka for tea lovers, the ultimate trekking or trekkie experience or poignant visits to obscure battlefields. Well, I’m joined here in the studio by Alison Rice, who’s been a travel writer for many years and Charlie Connolly, author and broadcaster, who among other things has travelled the globe in search of the legacy of Elvis Presley. Welcome to you both. Alison, let’s start by turning to you first. This definition of niche travel these days, what does it mean to you?

A: I think some people would say we’re just talking about activity holidays where, instead of just lying on a beach you follow a particular interest or hobby with like-minded people. Walking holidays, gardening, cookery, painting, yoga, bird-watching — you remember when bird-watching was just for geeks? There’s masses of bird-watching holidays. Battlefields, music, theatre festivals — these are all pegs around which we can build a holiday.

C: I do believe in going to a place for a reason and rather than just ‘cos there’s a nice view or something. I’m a big believer in people. I think people make a place and the atmosphere of a place.

K: What would your favourite niche holidays be that you’ve come across recently?

A: For me, it’s definitely singing. If you google «singing holidays» you’ll find 416,000 entries.
Whole choirs go on holiday now, or if you want to just join a choir, you can join a holiday where you learn a piece, rehearse it through the holiday, sailing down the Nile, there is one in Malta next year where you’ll be singing the Messiah … and then the holiday ends where you put on a concert for the locals.

K: Well, The Traveller’s Tree messageboard has been littered with postings on this subject.
We’ve heard about Fairtrade holidays in Cuba and southern India, Inca treks, one from a contributor called Portly, who thoroughly enjoyed a historical cruise on the Black Sea. But thank you also to Dilly Gaffe who said, «Never mind niche. Give me a five-star luxury hotel any time!»


Read what Mary says about her «niche» holidays. Choose the number of the rule for each example


Choose the correct future verb form

  • I am going to spend 5 minutes at the summit of the highest mountain in Georgia.
  • I will probably spend a week in the most remote and unspoilt place in Australia.

1. Use the present continuous for a definite arrangement often involving other people.

2. Use be going to for a general intention which the speaker has thought about before.

3. Use will ('ll) + infinitive for a decision which the speaker has just made.

4. Use will ('II) + infinitive for predicting, often with verbs such as think, expect and adverbs such as probably, definitely.

5. Use be likely to for a probable intention or prediction.

6. Use the present simple for a future timetable or schedule.

7. Use the present simple for the future after conjunctions such as when, as soon as, after, in case.


Choose the correct future verb form

1. — So, are you looking forward to your Nile trip? — Yes, and Francesco says he Arabic ... in four weeks!

2. — anything interesting next summer? — Yes, we will probably go to New Zealand in July.

3. — The plane very early on Friday morning. — When's the first tour? — As soon as we there, I think.

4. — It's in Thailand, and it says here, It every afternoon, but expect to walk twenty kilometres a day, rain or shine. — I expect quite hard work.


 

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Сhoose the task and get ready to do it

Think about:

  • name of «niche» holiday
  • location
  • means of transport
  • length of time
  • accommodation
  • main activities
  • other facts: clothing, equipment, health, things to bring

Use the words and word combinations

Wordlist

1. unspoilt
2. densely populated
3. on the edge of…
4. unforgettable
5. as the crow flies

Tell your teacher about it

✔️ Ok, I’ve been to … It was …

Think about:

  • name of «niche» holiday
  • location
  • means of transport
  • length of time
  • accommodation
  • main activities
  • other facts: clothing, equipment, health, things to bring

Use the words and word combinations

Wordlist

1. historical cruise on the Black sea
2. a holiday on steam trains
3. life change holidays for women
4. wing-walking in New Zealand
5. husky dog sledding in Yakutia
6. unspoilt
7. densely populated
8. on the edge of…

Invite the teacher and persuade her/him to go on holidays with you:

✔️ We are going to stay at the beach a lot…
It’s likely to be hot and sunny, so you should bring…

Think about:

  • name of «flopout» holiday
  • location
  • means of transport
  • length of time
  • accommodation
  • main activities
  • other facts: clothing, equipment, health, things to bring

Use the words and word combinations

Wordlist

1. spa paradise in Thailand
2. beach bumming
3. unspoilt
4. densely populated
5. on the edge of…
6. chaise longue
7. aquamarine sea

Invite the teacher and persuade her/him to go on holidays with you:

✔️ We are going to travel by train and horse…
It’s likely to be cold and rainy, so you should bring…

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Let’s read the information about levels of English

EL levels


The international language assessment system consists of 7 levels:

Beginner – This level is the starting point. With the completion of this course, students can answer a number of questions when they meet new people. More specifically, they can answer questions like «What’s your name?», «How old are you?», «Have you got brothers or sisters?», «Where do you live?» etc. Also, they can count up to a hundred, spell their name and their contact information, talk about their preferences and their daily activities.
Elementary — This level requires some prior knowledge of the most basic features of the English language. The Elementary level offers students the opportunity to use phrases and structures they have already studied in a more flexible way and helps them acquire a lot of new knowledge as well. At this point, students study in brief how to talk about themselves, their favourite colours, dishes and seasons. They learn to tell the time in English and to talk about the weather, their daily routine, countries, different customs, etc. In terms of grammar, at this level, students are taught the following tenses for the first time: The Present Simple, the Present Continuous, the Past Simple, the Future Simple (will, be going to) and the Present Perfect. Some modal verbs (must, can), different types of pronouns, adjectives and the degrees of their comparison, nouns and the formulation of simple questions are also integrated in the lessons of this level. After the successful completion of the Elementary level course, students can participate in the KET (Key English test) examination.

Pre-Intermediate – Below average. This level follows the Elementary level. Students who have reached this level know how to formulate phrases or sentences and they can talk briefly about many topics. A Pre-Intermediate level course helps students expand their knowledge and become more confident. The texts of this level are longer and there are more practical exercises. Furthermore, new grammatical phenomena are introduced and the structure of sentences becomes more complex. In terms of grammar and syntax, these lessons include units such as the Past Continuous, different forms of Future tenses, conditional sentences, more elaborate explanation of modal verbs, infinitives and gerunds. During this course, students revise the Past Simple (regular and irregular verbs) and the Present Perfect. With the completion of this course students have developed their speaking skills as well, and they can safely go on a trip abroad where they will have the chance to practise their English. Students who have successfully completed this course can participate in PET (Preliminary English Test) and BEC (Business English Certificate) examinations.

Speaking skills

Students are able:

  • To speak with a clear pronunciation
  • To provide personal and abstract information
  • To explain easily that they have not understood something
  • To understand explanations in situations of misunderstanding
  • To express clearly their ideas and feelings
  • To communicate and participate in a dialogue

Comprehension

Students are able:

  • To understand the main idea of a text
  • To distinguish among stressed syllables, sounds and intonation
  • To read simple texts and to understand the main ideas

Writing skills

Students are able:

  • To describe a situation, a place or a person
  • To state their opinion towards certain topics, problems and people
  • To write a postcard and letters or emails in order to ask for information, to apologize and to apply for a vacancy (formal/informal style)
  • To write about themselves
  • To form clear and grammatically correct sentences

Intermediate – Average. At this level, knowledge gained in previous classes is consolidated and new vocabulary of a more advanced nature is added. For example, students learn vocabulary that can help them refer to people’s personalities more accurately, they also learn some scientific terms, professional vocabulary and even slang. In this course, they study the active and the passive voice, the direct and indirect speech, the participles, phrasal verbs and prepositions, the word order in complex sentences, the uses of the articles, etc. Regarding the tenses, students realize the differences between the Present Simple and the Present Continuous, the Past Simple and the Present Perfect and the Past Simple and the Past Continuous in a more thorough way. They also elaborate on various future forms. Texts at this level become longer and more significant and participating in a dialogue becomes easier for the students. An advantage of this level is that employees with an Intermediate level of English are highly valued in many modern companies. Moreover, this level is ideal for travelers since it allows them to understand their interlocutor perfectly and engage in a conversation.

Regarding international certificates, students can sit for the following examinations: the FCE examination (First Certificate in English) (mark: B / C), PET Level 3, BULATS, BEC Vantage, TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication), IELTS (International English Language Testing System) (mark: 4.5-5.5) and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) (mark: 80-85).

Speaking skills

Students are able:

  • To learn about someone else’s views, attitude and emotions and to express their own
  • To express a misunderstanding regarding a matter and ask for clarifications
  • To express their ideas in a simple manner
  • To use the right intonation in their speech
  • To construct sentences correctly in both spoken and written English

Comprehension

Students are able:

  • To understand the main ideas of the listening exercises in class
  • To understand all the major points and the general meaning in context and to distinguish the content
  • To tell the difference between someone who speaks English as a foreign language and someone who is a native speaker judging from each one’s pronunciation
  • To better understand the difference between formal and informal style in both spoken and written English

Writing skills

Students are able:

  • To fill in various papers and forms: applications, questionnaires, etc.
  • To write letters, postcards, etc.
  • To write formal and informal letters and emails
  • To write stories and describe the sequence of events correctly
  • To describe people, places and situations
  • To express personal comments
  • To express their thoughts simply and correctly

Upper-Intermediate – Above average. Students of this level are able to understand fluent English speech easily and to communicate without difficulties using the vocabulary they have already acquired. Students in Upper-Intermediate classes can practise their English more since they only revise grammar theory and rules. Students also work more systematically on the Past/Narrative tenses such as the Past Continuous, the Past Perfect and the Past Perfect Continuous. In addition, Upper-Intermediate students focus on the future tenses (the Future Continuous and the Future Perfect), the uses of the articles, the modal verbs, the indirect speech, conditional sentences, abstract nouns, the causative form and some other grammatical phenomena. This level of English is extremely popular in both businesses and educational institutions. People who speak English at this level can succeed in interviews and even enroll in foreign High Schools without difficulties. Students who have completed this course can participate in the following examinations: the FCE examination (mark: A/B), BEC (Business English Certificate) – Vantage or Higher, TOEFL (mark: 100) and IELTS (mark: 5.5-6.5).

Speaking skills

Students are able:

  • To perceive and provide information under various circumstances
  • To speak in a formal and an informal manner in various situations
  • To participate in a conversation
  • To spot their own pronunciation mistakes
  • To speak fluently and possibly make few grammatical mistakes which they are able to correct while speaking

Comprehension

Students are able:

  • To understand the main ideas of a text immediately
  • To understand the emotions of the characters presented in a text by listening to it
  • To realize the differences among various regional accents
  • To communicate over the phone without difficulties
  • To read newspapers and magazines and understand key information and ideas
  • To distinguish different styles: formal, informal, slang, etc.
  • To draw conclusions after reading

Writing skills

Students are able:

  • To write formal and informal letters
  • To write instructions and manuals
  • To write brief reviews of films and stories
  • To form simple and more complex syntactic structures
  • To use various styles when writing letters, stories etc.
  • To express ideas clearly and correctly in terms of grammar so that the reader can easily understand them

Advanced – This level is necessary for students and professionals who want to reach high fluency in English. Unlike the Upper-Intermediate level, advanced students work more systematically on fixed phrases and idioms. All the grammar related knowledge, which was taught in previous courses, only becomes wider. The topics that are discussed are more scientific and professional, for example, the environment and natural disasters, legal processes, genres of literature, terminology found in computer science, etc. After the completion of the Advanced course, it is possible to succeed in the following examinations: CAE (Cambridge Advanced English), IELTS (mark: 7) and TOEFL (110 points). It is also possible to apply for prestigious vacancies in foreign companies or for enrollment in western High Schools.

Speaking skills

Students are able:

  • To use formal and informal speech style depending on the circumstances
  • To speak with a very limited number of mistakes
  • To speak fluently on various topics
  • To be able to mention idiomatic expressions, fixed phrases and word-combinations
  • To understand the phonological features of the English language and to use the right intonation in order to include emphasis in their speech

Comprehension

Students are able:

  • To understand key information immediately and address the attitude of their interlocutor towards an issue
  • To expect the intonation of their interlocutor and to make assumptions about his/her feelings

Writing skills

Students are able:

  • To write formal and informal letters/e-mails and express their own feelings and thoughts
  • To write narrative essays
  • To write argumentative essays
  • To write reports, articles and reviews of books and films

Proficiency is the highest level of language learning – the level of native speakers. The name speaks for itself. This level describes expert users of a language and it is the level closest to a native English speaker – a person who was born and raised in an English speaking environment. With this level of English, people can succeed in any interview and pass any examination such as the CPE Examination (Cambridge Proficiency Exam), IELTS (at the highest mark: 8.5-9). This scale is called the ESL (English as a second language) or EFL (English as a Foreign language) classification of levels and is used by the ALTE Association of Language Testers in Europe. The level scale can vary depending on the country, school, or organization. For example, some organizations reduce the level 7 to 5 and may refer to these levels in a slightly different way: Beginner (Elementary), Low Intermediate, High — Intermediate, Proficiency, Advanced — Proficiency. However, both the meaning and the content of the levels remain the same.

If you open the lesson plan you will be able to assign separate pages as homework or all the homework pages at once.