Goal of the class: Practicing vocabulary related to traveling, discovering different French-speaking places.
Warm up (5-10mn)
Do you like traveling? What does traveling mean to you? What are the advantages and disadvantages of traveling? Do you think traveling is a form of education? What places have you been to? Would you like to travel on your own?
Story about my trip a year ago to Montreal, mentioning the different means of transport I used, the different kinds of activities I did there etc.
Activity 1 – What type of traveler are you? (10mn)
Tell the students, in pairs, that they have received a free trip but they can’t choose where they will go. The only thing they can do to get a trip they would actually enjoy is fill in a chart explaining what type of traveler they are. They have to choose and rank the 5 things they most like
Activity 2 – organizing the trip (10-15mn)
Organize a surprise trip for another pair of students using their preferences. Each pair of students receives another pair’s list of travelling preferences. They then have to organize a surprise trip, by first choosing a destination (4 destinations are proposed on a handout with the main activities you can do there but they can also choose another French-speaking destination and look up for information online) and then deciding on different aspects of the trip: length of the trip, means of transport, housing, activities organized there…
When they’re done, students pick 10 items out of a list that they would pack for this trip. They can add things if they want to.
Activity 3 – Presenting the trip/receiving the gift (5-10mn)
Each group present the trip they organized to the rest of the class. The group who receives the surprise trip has to react using expressions proposed on a powerpoint.
Post-activity – traveling habits
Show a chart that presents different ways of travelling and discuss.Lesson-plan-Surprise-Trip