Friday, 1 November 2013

Speakout Advanced p 32. Holidays. Extra Speaking

SPEAKING TEST                      HOLIDAYS                           MOCK

A Have a conversation as natural as possible with a partner about the topic. Use the pictures above and the questions below to help you.

  1. Will you go away this summer? If so, for how long? Where will you go?
  2.  What is the best holiday you have ever had? Were you at home? Abroad? Why was it special?
  3. What do you look for when you are on holiday?
  4. Think about places you have been to. What were they like?
  5. To what extent does modern-day tourism provide opportunities for people to enrich themselves culturally?
  6. What benefits can tourism bring?
  7. What is the future of tourism in our country? How will people be spending their holiday in fifteen years from now?
  8. Where is the eeriest place you have ever been to?
Student A
  1. Have you ever been on holiday alone? What was it like? What are the advantages and disadvantages of a holiday spent on your own?
  2. Do you and your family usually go on package holidays, or do you prefer to organize your own? Give reasons.
  3. Think of a "snapshot" moment of a special holiday. Think about where you were, what kind of holiday it was, how you felt at the time and why the memory is important to you.
Student B
  1. Tell us about a thriving city you have been to.
  2. What are the advantages of travelling off the beaten track?
  3. Where do you go when you need to unwind? In what ways does this help you to recharge your batteries?
Useful vocabulary
enrich: to improve the quality of something, often by adding something to it. E.g. enrich something The study of science has enriched all our lives. Enrich something with something Most breakfast cereals are enriched with vitamins. Travelling abroad enriches your life.

enlighten: to give somebody information so that they understand something better. E.g. She didn't enlighten him about her background. Travelling enlightens the mind.
enlightening  (adj) Travelling is enlightening. 

skyscrapera very tall building in a city.

skyline: the outline of buildings, trees, hills, etc. seen against the sky. E.g. the New York skyline. Ugly tower blocks dominate the skyline.

eye-opener: an event, experience, etc. that is surprising and shows you something that you did not already know. E.g. Travelling around India was a real eye-opener for me.

get/have itchy feet
(informal) to want to travel or move to a different place; to want to do something different. E.g. After a few years in one place, I get itchy feet. 

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