Each lesson in Longman’s Exam Accelarator starts with a lengthy vocabulary input. It is very useful but to make it interesting at the same time you need some creativity. This is what I have done to present vocabulary for Unit 7: ‘Travelling and Tourism”.

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At the beginning of the lesson I put the students into the following four groups (according to what was written on the slips they had chosen): sea travel, air travel, road travel and rail travel. Each group was responsible for their own means of transportation.

 

The target vocabulary was put on cards spread on one of the desk. The students all went to the desk and took the words that they thought referred to their group. When they sat down they had to explain to the rest of the class what they had chosen and why. In fact they had to justify their choice explaining why a certain word or expression belonged to rail travel or air travel, etc. A little discussion began and even trading with words when groups realised the problem with their choice.

 

When every group had the right words the students stood up again and this time they had to select some gapped sentences on slips that had been blu-tacked on the classroom wall. They had to decide if the sentences on the slips are related to their means of transportation. Again there was some discussion and “trading” of sentences – especially when I made it clear that each group should have 3 slips with sentences on them.

 

Finally the groups had to fill in the gaps with the words on the cards they had previously taken to their desks. When that was done, they put the sentences into the correct order so that the little stories make sense. They read out the stories and the other groups decided if they were in the correct order or not.

 

Follow up: As a follow up activity on the next lesson the groups had to list all the advantages of travelling by air, sea, car, train respectively. After regrouping a discussion followed when they had to compare ideas about the best way of travelling.

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