Group lessons|Adults|Pre-Int|U1|1. Right place, wrong time

Look at the pictures. What things do you see? Can you guess the topic of the lesson?

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Ask your partner the questions from your card. Answer the questions that he/she will ask

1. When and where do you usually spend your holiday?
2. What popular holiday destinations are there in your country?
3. What problems can people have during their holiday?
1. What is your favourite holiday destination?
2. What are some things you always take with you on a trip?
3. What are some of the advantages of travelling alone?


Match the verbs and pictures

Phrases with ‘go’

Complete the verb phrases

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hire / rent

a car, a bike, an electronic equipment

e.g.: ‘We rented a TV as we intended to stay in England for only six months.’
‘In London you can 
hire a bike when you arrive.’

rent

a flat, cottage, house

e.g.: ‘I rented a cottage by the sea for the summer.’


Choose a suitable option to discuss

  • Do you rent an apartment or stay in a hotel when you are on holiday?
  • Do you usually hire a car on holiday?
  • What do you like doing on the beach?
  • Do you like walking around the town?
  • How many souvenirs do you usually buy?
  • Do you like taking photos? What do you usually take photos of?

  • Which is better: to rent an apartment or to stay in a hotel when you are on holiday?
  • Is it expensive to hire a car in your country?
  • What can people do on the beach?
  • Do you like walking around the streets in an unknown town?
  • What souvenirs from your country can you recommend a foreign tourist to buy?
  • Do you like taking photos? What do you usually take photos of?

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Listen and read the three letters to The Holiday Magazine

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In the right place… but at the wrong time!

Last week we asked you to tell us about a holiday when the destination was perfect but, for some reason, the time wasn’t right… Here are some of your replies.

(A) Tina, 20, a student from Manchester

When I was a teenager I went on holiday with my parents to Brittany in France. My parents rented a lovely house on the beach, and the weather was great. But I was 17, and I didn’t want to be on holiday with my mum and dad and my little brother. I wanted to be with my friends. We went to the beach every day and sunbathed and we went to a fantastic seafood restaurant for my birthday. But I was miserable and I hated every minute of it. I didn’t smile once in two weeks. What really made me furious was that my parents let my older sister, who was 19, go to Spain with her friends.

(B) Gabriela, 28, a marketing manager from Rome

I’m from Rome and the summer here is really hot. So last year my husband and I decided to go to Sweden, to escape from the heat. We booked a 10-day holiday in Stockholm, where the temperature in the summer is normally around 20 degrees. But when we got to Stockholm there was a heatwave and it was 35 degrees every day. It was awful because there was no air-conditioning anywhere. We couldn’t sleep at night – it was boiling in the hotel and in the shops and museums too. We didn’t want to go shopping or go sightseeing or do anything. We just sat in cafes and argued all day. We didn’t need to go to Sweden to do that!

(C) Kelly, 26, TV journalist from Belfast

Three years ago I broke up with my boyfriend and I decided to go on holiday on my own to the Seychelles. My travel agent told me that it was a wonderful place. But he didn’t tell me that it was also a very popular place for people on their honeymoon. Everywhere I looked I saw couples holding hands and looking romantically into each other’s eyes! The travel agent also said it was always sunny there – but the weather was terrible – it was cloudy and very windy. To pass the time I decided to do a diving course (one of my lifetime ambitions). But it was a complete disaster because the first time I went under the water I had a panic attack. I couldn’t escape from the island so I spent an incredibly boring (and expensive) two weeks in «paradise».


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Listen and read again



In the right place… but at the wrong time!

Last week we asked you to tell us about a holiday when the destination was perfect but, for some reason, the time wasn’t right… Here are some of your replies.

Tina, 20, a student from Manchester

When I was a teenager I went on holiday with my parents to Brittany in France. My parents rented a lovely house on the beach, and the weather was great. But I was 17, and I didn’t want to be on holiday with my mum and dad and my little brother. I wanted to be with my friends. We went to the beach every day and sunbathed and we went to a fantastic seafood restaurant for my birthday. But I was miserable and I hated every minute of it. I didn’t smile once in two weeks. What really made me furious was that my parents let my older sister, who was 19, go to Spain with her friends.

Gabriela, 28, a marketing manager from Rome

I’m from Rome and the summer here is really hot. So last year my husband and I decided to go to Sweden, to escape from the heat. We booked a 10-day holiday in Stockholm, where the temperature in the summer is normally around 20 degrees. But when we got to Stockholm there was a heatwave and it was 35 degrees every day. It was awful because there was no air-conditioning anywhere. We couldn’t sleep at night – it was boiling in the hotel and in the shops and museums too. We didn’t want to go shopping or go sightseeing or do anything. We just sat in cafés and argued all day. We didn’t need to go to Sweden to do that!

Kelly, 26, TV journalist from Belfast

Three years ago I broke up with my boyfriend and I decided to go on holiday on my own to the Seychelles. My travel agent told me that it was a wonderful place. But he didn’t tell me that it was also a very popular place for people on their honeymoon. Everywhere I looked I saw couples holding hands and looking romantically into each other’s eyes! The travel agent also said it was always sunny there – but the weather was terrible – it was cloudy and very windy. To pass the time I decided to do a diving course (one of my lifetime ambitions). But it was a complete disaster because the first time I went under the water I had a panic attack. I couldn’t escape from the island so I spent incredibly boring (and expensive) two weeks in «paradise».


Complete the sentences with Tina, Gabriela or Kelly

What’s the Past Simple of these verbs? Are they regular or irregular?

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Read the sentences and answer the questions

  1. We didn’t want to go shopping or go sightseeing or do anything.
  2. There wasn’t air-conditioning anywhere.
  3. We couldn’t sleep at night – it was boiling in the hotel and in the shops and museums too.

How do you make negatives and questions in the past simple?

…with normal verbs?
…with was/were?
…with could?

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Read the rules and the examples

Pre-Intermediate

It’s a simple form to talk about past actions


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Examples

One man wanted to climb Mont Blanc, the mountain in the Alps, but he didn’t get to the top. He decided to give money to anyone who could do it. In 1786 two men, Balmat and Paccard, reached the top and won the money.

Timeline

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Forms

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Remember

  • There are 2 types of past simple verbs — regular and irregular. Regular verbs take _ed, irregular verbs have to be learnt.
    Use was/were when you don’t have another verb in the sentence.

Usage

  • To talk about finished actions in the past
    He decided to give money to another climber. (regular verb)
    They won the money. (irregular verb)
    Did you take the computer back to the shop last week?
    I didn’t read this book at school.
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Common mistakes

x I wasn’t hear what you said.
x Yesterday she don’t meet with her old friends.

I didn’t hear what I said.
Yesterday she didn’t meet with her old friends.

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Put the verbs in boxes in the Past Simple

Example: Two summers ago we had a holiday in Scotland.


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Read the information. Then choose one card and create a story

Imagine you are a student who has just returned from an overseas study tour. Tell your partner about this experience. Talk about the following:

  • Accommodation
  • Lessons
  • Free time
  • Students/Friends
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Unforgettable moments

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Answer the questions

Your last holiday

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Choose one or two situations to talk about


Choose the answer and click on it. There can be more correct answers


Watch the video and tick the activities you see

Cancún /kanˈkuːn/ is a resort in south-eastern Mexico, on the north-eastern coast of the Yucatán Peninsula, one of the top Mexican holiday destinations. It attracts holidaymakers and extreme sports lovers.



Test

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Answer the questions


Check yourself before starting the new topic

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Fill in the gaps using the Past Simple



Match the words and their synonyms / definitions


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