Should I stay or should I go?

Should I stay or should I go?

Lesson overview

In this A2 ESL lesson, the student will learn and practice vocabulary used to talk about transportation, timetable, and journeys.


Traveling abroad can be stressful, especially if you lack words to communicate with people around you. In this lesson you will learn some vocabulary that will help you travel around the world. You will be able to get a train ticket and talk to a taxi driver. You will learn new phrasal verbs and adjectives to talk about your journeys! Let’s travel together through this lesson. Let’s start now! 


Video: The Benefits of Travel

Prior to watching the video about the benefits of travel, the student reads a list of possible benefits and ticks those they think are true. They watch the video and check their answers.


Vocabulary: travel, trip, journey, tour

The student learns the differences between travel, trip, journey, and tour by matching the words with their meanings. Then, they practice their use by correcting the mistakes


Vocabulary: transportation

The student is given mind maps with four types of transportation – by air, by rail, by road, and by sea. Their task is to match the means of transportation with the correct group. Then, they discuss their personal experience with different types of transportation.


Traveling by train

In this part of the lesson, the student learns important vocabulary related to travelling by train. First, they match the words with the correct pictures (e.g. train station, ticket, timetable, etc.). Then, they learn how to read a train ticket. Next, they read a list of questions and decide which ones are asked by a passenger and which ones by a traveller. They also match questions asked at the train station  with the correct answers. Finally, they put the sentences of a dialogue in the correct order.


Traveling by taxi

First, the student matches the words related to taxi riding with the correct pictures (e.g. taxi meter, fare, seatbelt, etc.). Next, they decide if the statements about traveling by taxi are true or false, and correct the false ones. They also learn the vocabulary differences between American and British English (e.g. boot – trunk). Finally, they choose the correct options in a dialogue between a passenger and a taxi driver.


Video: Life is short, live it well!

The student watches a video about travel inspiration, paying special attention to the places that appear in the video, so that they can tick the correct ones. Then, they match the adjectives appearing in the video with the correct meanings (e.g. crowded, noisy, cheap, etc.). These words should then be matched to their antonyms (e.g. comfortable/uncomfortable, cheap/expensive, etc.).
In the final part of the lesson, the student learns vocabulary related to some useful traveling essentials (e.g. thermal underwear, money belt, waterproof clothes, etc.).

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