Thursday 19 May 2011

Rough Guide to... Activity Holidays. Part 1 - Tenerife (Video clip / Online Research / Discussion)

Teachers note; Parts 3 and 4 of this lesson were designed as an online collaborative reading / writing activity. Students read about and choose activity holidays from a webpage and post, read and compare their choices in an online forum on a VLE (eg Moodle). They then vote for the best "class holiday" after reading all the choices. A blog page would also serve for this function. If you do not have these facilities then get the students sit around a table and discuss each other's choices in the normal way.

The Rough Guide to... is a travel series presented by Julia Bradbury and Toby Amies. 

You are going to 
  • watch a clip from a holiday TV program and answer some questions
  • go onto a website to choose an activity holiday for yourself
  • answer some questions about the activity holiday you have chosen and describe it for the others in your class
  • compare all your holidays and vote for  the best "class holiday."
  • write about a country you would like to visit

1) Introduction / discuss
  • What do you like doing on holiday?
  • What is an activity holiday?
  • How many holiday activities can you think of a) on water b) on land?
  • Look at the activites in ex. B (below). How many would you like to do?
  • What activities do you think you could do on the island of Tenerife?

Tenerife is one of the Canary Islands (Spain).

Watch the clip. What activities do you see?


2)  Rough Guide to Activity Holidays - Tenerife 
Before you watch look at the exercises and read the questions

A) True or false?
  1. Tenerife is the largest of the 7 Canary Islands
  2. It’s a package holiday dream with year round sunshine
  3. It’s a 2 hour flight from the UK

B) Which of the following activities are mentioned?

Jet skiing  

Water skiing 

Kite surfing 

Wind surfing 



Mountain biking 

Mountain climbing

C) Answer the questions

Water- skiing
  • Has she water-skied before?
  • How much does a lesson with Reg cost?
  • What was the water like?
  • What does Reg tell her she will never forget?


  • How high is the launch site?
  • How do paragliders fly?
  • What is their altitude?
  • What adjectives does she use to describe the experience?
  • How does she feel after the experience? What does she say?

Whale spotting
  • How much does it cost to hire a yacht?
  • What does she spot straight away?
  • Does she see any whales? How many?
  • How does she describe the experience?

Watch clip 2

Now answer the questions




3) Online reading and research

Now go here to find out about some activity holidays.

Look at the list in the Activities and Experiences box on the left and choose the holiday activity you want to do. Then answer the questions below.

Answer the questions.

  1. What is the activity?

  1. How old do you have to be? (over 18?)

  1. Where is it? (name of place and country)

  1. How long will you go for (a week, 10 days)?

  1. How much does it cost (and for how many days)?

  1. Why do you want to do this activity? (Say why in 2 or 3 sentences)

  1. Copy and paste the web page address

  1. Copy and paste a photo

4) Group comparison activity
When you have finished copy and paste your answers (with the questions) into an online forum (if you have one) or print them. 

Compare them and find out;

·   Whose is the cheapest?

·   Whose is the most expensive?

·   Whose is the most dangerous?

Now discuss and vote for one holiday which you think would be best for your class. 

5) Writing
You have the opportunity to visit a foreign country for two weeks. Which country would you like to visit? Use specific reasons and details to explain your choice.

Now go here and look at
Rough Guide to Activity Holidays - Laos

Worksheet + Answers

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