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Post want your suggestions (travel English)
ı am going to give a course for a group of people who has got shops in which they welcome tourists from different countries
ı want to apply a plan for them.and ı don't know how to be useful for them?


Mon May 05, 2008 3:16 pm
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My advice is to spend some time imagining scenes in these local stores involving tourists. What will the tourists want? What will they buy? What problems will come up?

Then you can use this as the basis for role-plays and worksheets containing useful phrases.

For very specific teaching like this it's very often quicker, easier and better to produce your own material than to try and find something vaguely suitable and then have to adapt it to fit.

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Mon May 05, 2008 8:02 pm
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The direct way to find out what will be useful for them is to ask them. I would come up with a questionaire. If you have a chance to meet them before the fisrt class, hand out the questionaire and gatehr some infomation. The questionaire may include questions asking 1. their level 2. which aspect(reading, speaking...etc) they want to learn... and so forth. It will help you specify the focus and aim of the class.

I'm teaching 2 ladies who work at a coffee shop. They have lots of customers who are teaching English in the area. They are eager to talk with their customers in English. I myself make worksheets which contain a short dialogue, a pronunciation tip, a grammar rule, and additional key expressions relevant to the topic. I usually choose situations that are likely to happen in the cafe. I also ask the ladies to think about one or two phrases which they had trouble saying before. (For your information, I'm not a native English speaker and I speak the same language with them.) This way you don't need to do all the work to prepare for the class. ;-)


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I agree that you will best serve your students by making something that will suit them. It's more time consuming for the teacher in some respects but if you take out the time spent searching for something useful, I find making it yourself to be faster.

Chris Gunn from BogglesWorldESL has some great role plays and worksheets. Here's the link to his Survial Guide page http://bogglesworldesl.com/survivalESL.htm

Some of those you might be able to use but mostly, I think they'll be useful to give you ideas on how to structure your own worksheets.

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