Group lessons|Adults|Pre-Int|U1|2. A nasty holiday


Take turns to repeat what happened yesterday, and add something new, including a verb

Student A | Student B

S: Yesterday I found a €10 note in my pocket.
S: Yesterday I found a €10 note in my pocket and I bought a sandwich.
S: Yesterday I found a € 10 note in my pocket and I bought a sandwich. I ate it.


Re-order the words to make questions for these answers


Where did you go on holiday?


Look at the pictures and complete the phrases. One gap — one word

Example: go sh… —> go shopping


Complete the sentences with weather words

Example: Wear lots of warm clothes — it’s freezing outside.

Are these verbs regular or irregular? Write the past simple form

Regular verb — arrive

Irregular verb — become

Write the Past Simple form of these verbs (-ed for regular or the second form for irregular verbs)


Change the form of these sentences from positive to negative:

Example: We studied in Korea. — We didn’t study in Коrea.


Complete the text using Past Simple

Best holiday

Read the text again. Complete the questions. Remember to use did

Example: Where did they fly to? — San Francisco.


Use some words from the Wordlist to complete the sentences


1. awful
2. fantastic
3. furious
4. great
5. lovely
6. wonderful
7. escape
8. miserable
9. terrible
10. break up

Listen to five speakers talking about holidays they didn’t enjoy. Which speaker…?


Speaker 1


Speaker 2


Speaker 3


Speaker 4


Speaker 5

Read the article and choose the correct answer

My holiday disaster


Although I work in the centre of London now, I like going to the mountains when I can. Last winter I decided to spend a week in Scotland. I wanted to go skiing and walking in the mountains. I looked on the internet and booked a cottage (a small house) for a week. One Friday night last November, I packed my bags, went to Heathrow airport, and waited to get on a plane to Inverness.

Then the problems started. The plane didn’t leave that night. There was a lot of snow in Scotland and they closed Inverness airport. So I spent the night in Heathrow. I drank a lot of tea and read a lot of newspapers. I tried to sleep but I wasn’t comfortable. Next morning, Inverness airport opened again, and we arrived in Scotland. But my bags weren’t there.

I hired a car and drove to the cottage. It was a twenty-minute drive from the airport. When I arrived, there was a family with two little children in the cottage! They booked on the internet, too — for the same week. The family was very kind. They said I could sleep in the lounge, and they cooked dinner for me.

Next day, I got my bags from the airport and decided to go skiing. But the mountain road was closed because of the snow. I didn’t ski and I didn’t go walking in the mountains. I spent the week in the cottage waiting to go home — it wasn’t my favourite holiday!

Example: The writer works in a bank. (True/False/Doesn’t say)

Read the task and prepare your 2-minute speech on the topic «Holidays»


Cover the points:

1. What holiday destination is popular with the people of your country?
2. What problems can people have on holiday (at the airport, in a hotel, in a restaurant, etc.)
3. Tell about your last holiday.
4. Do you always read a weather forecast when you go on holiday? What is the weather like today?
5. Where are you going to spend your next holiday?

Allow your browser access to your microphone, press the button «Record» and record the speech you have prepared.

Watch the video and choose who says the following

You are going to watch an episode from the movie ‘About time’ about Tim who had an ability to travel through time.

Tim | Charlotte

Watch the episode again and mark the sentences True or False

Read instructions


Think about a holiday with your friends or family which didn’t live up to your expectations. Why didn’t you enjoy it? Did anything go wrong?

Answer the following questions using the Past Simple:

  • Where did you go?
  • Who did you go with?
  • Where did you stay?
  • What went not as you had planned?
  • What was the weather like?
  • What activities didn’t you manage to do?

Write about a holiday with your friends or family which you didn’t really enjoy. Use the Past Simple and words from the list


1. destination
2. go abroad
3. go swimming
4. go sightseeing
5. go camping
6. go by car
7. go to the beach
8. go out
9. go away for a week
10. go for a walk
11. stay in a hotel
12. take a photo
13. buy a souvenir
14. sunbathe
15. have a good time
16. spend
17. rent
18. walk in the mountains
19. meet a friend
20. hire a car
21. sunny
22. windy
23. foggy
24. cloudy
25. rain
26. snow
27. hot
28. cold
29. boiling
30. freezing


1. Read the topic and the questions carefully.
2. Plan what you are going to write about.
3. Write the text according to your plan.
4. Check your writing before sending it for evaluation.
5. Learn the rules and see the sample here.
6. Please use Grammarly to avoid spelling and some grammar mistakes.


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