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ESL Travel Guide Lesson Plan

Instructor: Suzanne Rose

Suzanne has taught all levels PK-graduate school and has a PhD in Instructional Systems Design. She currently teachers literacy courses to preservice and inservice teachers.

Pack your bags and prepare to travel! In this lesson plan for English Language Learners, your students will investigate vocabulary related to travel and tourism and will research and create materials to encourage others to travel to selected locations.

Learning Objectives

As a result of this lesson, students will:

  • Identify and correctly use travel-related vocabulary.
  • Conduct research to gather specified information.
  • Orally present information to the class.
  • Discuss ideas.


120-150 minutes

Curriculum Standards

ELP 6-8.2

ELLs will participate in grade-appropriate oral and written exchanges of information, ideas, and analyses, responding to peer, audience, or reader comments and questions.

ELP 6-8.3

ELLs will speak and write about grade-appropriate complex literary and informational texts and topics.

ELP 6-8.5

ELLs will conduct research and evaluate and communicate findings to answer questions or solve problems.

ELP 6-8.9

ELLs will create clear and coherent grade-appropriate speech and text.

Materials Needed

  • Ask students in advance to bring in an object that represents their home country
  • Blackboard or whiteboard
  • Vocabulary cards (one word on each card)
  • Assortment of travel brochures and booklets
  • Computers (1 per student)
  • Internet access for student research


  • All-inclusive
  • Cruise
  • Destination
  • Historical site
  • Holiday
  • Hotel
  • Museum
  • Restaurants
  • Sight-seeing
  • Tourism
  • Tourist
  • Travel brochure
  • Travel guide
  • Travel package
  • Trip
  • Vacation


  • To introduce this lesson, hold up an object that you have saved from a trip or vacation that you took. Explain to the students where it is from and why it represents that place to you.
  • Ask the students to do the same with objects they have brought from their home countries. If you have a large number of students, put them in groups of 3-4 for this activity; with a small group, let the students share with the entire class.
  • Ask the students to brainstorm a list of places in the world that they would like to travel to someday. List these places on the board, under the heading, 'Places to See.'
  • Then ask the students to brainstorm a list of different ways to travel. List these under the heading, 'Ways to Travel.' These might include airplanes, trains, buses, boats, etc.
  • Introduce the vocabulary terms for the lesson by showing the cards one at a time. Pronounce the words, have the students repeat the word, and then discuss what the words meaning. As each word is reviewed, post it on the board or in a pocket chart so that it is visible to the students.

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