This is part of a series of lesson plans on word stress, timing, and intonation. Click here to read a short introduction.
Name: Hands over mouths
Prep Time: None (Enough time to print the worksheets)
Materials: Worksheets (Click to download or see below)
Primary Objective: Practice Word Stress
Other Benefits: Discuss Travel
Give the students the worksheets. First they should write their own endings to the sentences. Then they should match the given endings. Just walk around and check them as they’re writing.
Now, read the sentences out loud for the students. They should listen and repeat. Pay careful attention to make sure that they are stressing the correct words. If you’d prefer, you can play this track for them instead.
Now, students should look at their sheets and underline the stressed words.
Next, read the sentences out loud and have the students repeat them again.
Walk around and give specialized help as the students practice reading in pairs.
Now, choose a random sentence and read it with your hands over your mouth. The students should guess which sentence you read. Do another. Ask them how they were able to guess if they couldn’t understand any sounds?
Now the students should again practice reading the sentences in pairs, but this time with their hands over their mouths. Partners should guess which sentence they were reading.
After reading each sentence again, students should ask each other: Do you agree or disagree? Why?
Ideas for Homework: Write 10 travel sentences and underline the stressed words.
In case you have trouble downloading the handout, here are the sentences for this activity. Of course you can also write different sentences that better suit your class.
I like to travel alone, but sometimes I travel with other people.
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you travel to?
When I fly, I prefer to have a window seat.
I spent too much time on the beach and got sunburned.
I’d much rather walk around a museum, than sit on a cruise ship.
There’s no way one suitcase would ever hold everything I want to bring.
The last place on earth I’d want to go is Alaska. It’s too cold!
I never forget to bring my towel when I travel; it’s the most important thing for me.
I just love tasting all the new foods when I’m at restaurants in new cities.
My advice is to travel in the fall; it’s not too cold, but it’s also not too busy.
This is another speaking topic for students. Click here to read the introduction to the series.
Students, remember to 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: Past Travel
Objectives: After the discussion, you should be able to discuss previous travel
Materials: A map of the world or a globe
Grammar: Past Simple, Present Perfect
Listen and repeat these expressions.
|I’ve seen some amazing things.||Say this to explain that you have been to many places with great things.|
|I’ve flown a lot.||Say this to say that plane travel is normal for you.|
|I went there once.||Say this about a place that you visited.|
|I couldn’t stand that place.||Say this when you really didn’t like a place.|
|The people were really nice.||Say this to describe good people.|
|The thing that surprised me was the weather.||Say this about something (for example the weather) that was surprising.|
|I’d rather fly.||Say this if flying is better for you.|
|I think I’d prefer to drive.||Say this if driving is better for you.|
Vocabulary: trip, vacation (holiday), terminal, baggage, airport security, visa, plane, car, train, to check a bag, carry-on
Guess the words: Look up the vocabulary words in a dictionary. Then choose a word. Explain the word until your partner guesses the word. Then, your partner should explain a word and you should guess it.
A: This is something that flies. You get on it at an airport…
A: Right. Now, it’s your turn.
B: This is something you drive. Lots of people own one. It’s a form of transportation.
B: That’s right.
Take a look at the map Take a look at your map or globe. Point to the places that you have been to. Quickly, tell your partner about those places.
Now, choose a place at random (“to choose at random” means to choose without thinking about it. For example, spin the globe, close your eyes, and stop it by putting your finger on the globe.)
Ask your partner: Would you like to live there? Why/Why not? What would be good about living there? What would be bad about living there?
B: Would you like to live there?
A: Yes, I would. / No, I wouldn’t.
B: Why? / Why not?
A: Because, I think it has nice weather. / Because, I think it’s too hot.
B: What would be good about living there.
A: Hmm, I think the people are probably nice.
B: What would be bad about living there.
A: I don’t speak Spanish, so that would be hard for me!
Then, repeat. Choose ten places.
Question Time Now, ask your partner these questions.
Do you like driving?
Do you like flying?
Do you prefer to drive or fly? (What’s better: flying or driving?) Why?
Describe a great vacation you have had.
How many times have you flown on a plane?
Name all the places you have been.
What are some of the best things you have seen when traveling?
What was your worst travel experience?
Do you prefer to travel alone or with other people?
Your Questions Now, write five discussion questions about Travel. Ask your partner your questions.
Write a Letter With your partner, choose a place that you really want to visit. Find a travel agency and write them a letter/email or visit them. Ask them to give you information about the place that you chose.
For Chicago, you can find more information here.
And a song: Do a search of YouTube for “Impossible Germany” by Wilco for a nice song that’s kind of related to travel.