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Teacher’s Notes
Back to school
by Magdalena Kondro
Type of activity: individual and pair work
Focus: expressing likes and dislikes, vocabulary
connected with holidays, reading and speaking skills,
writing skills (optional)
Level: pre - intermediate – upper-intermediate;
upper secondary
Time: 45 minutes
Preparation: Make a copy of the Student’s Worksheet
1 for each student and Student’s Worksheet 2 for
each pair.
Write the following phrases on the board for
students to use in their discussion:
Expressing likes
Expressing dislikes
I’m a big fan of …
I’m not a big fan of …
I’m really into …
I’m not too keen on …
I’m particularly fond of…
It doesn’t appeal to me …
I’m absolutely crazy
about …
I can’t stand …
1. On the board draw pictures or symbols of the best
three activities you did during your summer
holidays, e.g. waves for swimming in the sea , a
CD for listening to a great album, a tower for
visiting a castle. Ask students to guess what the
activities were, based on the pictures you have
drawn. Students then repeat the guessing game in
pairs by drawing pictures of their own favourite
activities of the past summer and guessing their
partner’s choices.
2. Explain that in today’s lesson students are going
to learn about an alternative way of spending
summer holidays. Give each student a copy of
Student’s Worksheet 1. In pairs, students discuss
what a staycation might be and then read the
text to check their ideas. They should ignore the
gaps in the article at this point.
3. Individually, students read the text again, and
this time they complete it using the words in the
box. When students have fi nished, they compare
their answers in pairs. Check the answers with
the whole class.
Answers: 1. holidays, 2. phenomenon, 3. costs,
4. relaxing, 5. holidaymakers, 6. waste,
7. photos, 8. break, 9. advice, 10. daily
4. Divide the class into pairs. Give each pair a copy
of Student’s Worksheet 2 with ideas for a successful
staycation. Students should work together and
rate the activities 1–5 depending on how much
these would appeal to them if they decided on a
staycation. They should justify their choices. If
the students in any pair have opposing views
about a particular activity, they have to
compromise by rating that activity as 3 or try to
convince the other person to share their opinion.
5. Find out from different pairs which activities they
rated the highest and the lowest. Ask them to
justify their opinions.
6. In the same pairs, students come up with fi ve
more activities for a great staycation and exchange
their worksheets with another pair. They then
rate the ideas they received and give feedback to
the pair who came up with them.
Students write an article about another alternative
type of holiday, e.g. couchsurfi ng, work&travel or
naycation. Encourage them to do their research
online and to model their text on the article from
Student’s Worksheet 1.
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