In this case you will work in 4 separate groups of 4. Each group will present their package to the rest of the group, and to Mr Bourbon, in a 10 minute presentation. Each group will also produce a brochure showing clearly the schedule, prices (printouts of real order forms and final statement) and the attractive points of their package. The brochure should be about 6 or 7 pages.

THE SITUATION

Your boss and his wife (Mr and Mrs Bourbon) have decided that they want to visit an English-speaking country in order to brush up on their communication skills before visiting potential suppliers in the UK. They both already speak reasonably well but need to improve their listening and speaking skills in English because they have not spoken English for some time.

You and your colleagues have been asked to organise an all-inclusive package holiday for them both. He will then listen to the presentations of your packages and decide which of the 4 to choose. The successful group will win a week’s paid leave!

THE BUDGET

15 000 French Francs. Your trip will therefore have to be to Great Britain. It is not necessary to spend all the money but if you go over the budget by FF1 or more then your package will be refused. Any money left over can be used as extra spending money and so will make your package more attractive. It is therefore absolutely imperative to make sure that all travel tickets etc include all taxes and applicable charges. To do this you should go as far as possible when booking tickets on the Internet until you can go no further without giving your credit card details.

DATES OF THE TRIP

From 3/4 April 2001 to 10/11 April 2001

AIMS OF THE TRIP

To experience real-life everyday situations in English so as to improve oral and aural skills.

To visit what you consider to be typical examples of British or English culture because they have never visited England. The holiday should suit a married couple aged between 30 and 40 who like to experience other cultures. They would also like you to suggest daytime and evening activities for each day.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Mrs Bourbon is allergic to cats and doesn’t like travelling by car, you should therefore consider this when choosing their means of transport and accommodation. They live in Andrézieux Bouthéon and are willing to drive up to 100km in order to take a plane or train.

PRESENTATION AND SELECTION

Each group will present their package to the class in a ten-minute presentation. Each group will then give a score of 1, 2 or 3 points to the other groups based on the attractiveness of the holiday package so do not hesitate to use your imagination. The winner will be the highest scoring group.

 

 

THE REPORT

The written report will be given a group mark by the teacher and it should include a list of web sites used. ‘Tourist Information Centre’ sites are always a good starting point when looking for accommodation etc. In the report you should start by giving the times, dates, places, transport means etc. for all the week’s activities. After the week’s schedule you should write out the balance sheet showing all the budget deductions in a clear table. Nothing should be missing, but you may have to ‘estimate’ prices for taxis and maybe some snacks/meals. In the appendix you should then put proof of all ticket prices, hotel prices, entree prices, public transport prices, maps etc. Good luck.

 

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Here is a list of web sites and search engines that you may, or may not, find useful :

www.buzzaway.com

www.go-fly.com

www.britishairways.co.uk

www.airfrance.fr

www.ryanair.com

www.london-solutions.com

www.transportforlondon.gov.uk

www.discountlondon.co.uk

www.butterflies.org.uk

www.france-angleterre.com

www.idee.com

www.bananarebel.freeserve.co.uk

www.lycos.fr

www.geocities.com

www.altavista.co.uk

www.google.com

www.multimania.com

www.subwaynavigator.com

www.londontransport.com

www.virtual-london.com

www.nationalgallery.org.uk

www.bienvenuealondres.com

www.stanstedexpress.co.uk

www.yahoo.co.uk

www.londonwalks.co.uk

www.visitdublin.com

www.londontown.com

TEACHER’S LESSON PLAN

 

1. Give out instructions and leave class to read, then read through altogether.

Explain marking, the road book (report), budget constraints and extra points for saving

money, the presentation etc.

 

2. Get into 4 groups of 4 (if possible) and ask them to divide the work among the group:

e.g. Transport (plane, train, bus, coach, underground, taxi, hire car etc.)

Accommodation (hotel, bed & breakfast, youth hostel, host family etc.)

Activities (theatre, shows, cultural visits, restaurants & pubs, museums etc.)

 

For 1st class (the rest of the 90 min) ask them to get as many details as possible on Transport and Accommodation (in pairs) i.e. prices, schedules, travel times, places of departure and arrival, types of room, services available, geographical location, etc.)

 

3. They then report back to the other pair in the group at the start of the following class to discuss which options to take regarding travel and accommodation. Book the tickets and room and keep a printout of booking form with prices. The group then gathers information on daily activities and where to eat for lunch and in the evening. Remind them to note all necessary internet vocabulary as they work in preparation for a follow-up test. At the end of the 90-min class they decide on daily activities and print all necessary information.

 

4. Use class time of lesson 3 to prepare road books and presentations (or have them do it for homework if they have time). Road books handed in at end of lesson.

 

5. Finally listen to all four presentations having the students note their votes (1, 2 or 3 points per group) secretly. At end add your votes to the students’ and see who wins.

 

This is a lesson plan for a group of about 15 students. You should of course adapt it to your own groups’ level and give them more or less guidance as far as searching for information on the web is concerned.

Here is a great lesson you can do on internet terminology before or after the holiday case:

http://www.englishpage.com/lessonarchive/weeklylesson1.htm