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Planning a trip
Activity designed in 2005 for Y3's, but you can do it yourselves at home, in groups or individually, and send in your work!

You're going to put together a package of information on a specific travel destination -- or a Travel Phrasebook (you can record each sentence twice so people can repeat the second time, and we can post it as a Talking People Podcast Episode!). It is important you gather information in English, don't translate from Spanish, please. You could use libraries, where you will find travel guides, or the Internet. Here are some useful links.

Check out Maps , Traveling and Traveling Tips.

Make your comments and suggestions in class, or at our forums.

Procedure

•  Choose an English-speaking city or town. You can brainstorm on several and then choose one. If you want to know in which countries English is spoken, you can checkout our web page because in Year 1 we worked on that. Visit the section "LangFacts", dealing with facts on English and Spanish, or ask the teacher.
•  Find information about it: History, cultural life, places to visit, dangers! (crime, wars, health), hotels or camping sites or whatever, restaurants or food places, prices, where the Spanish Embassy is, which are the typical dishes and souvenirs?, and so on.
•  Find information about practicalities involving the planning of the trip -packing, transportation, lodging, health, touring the city/town .
•  How will you organize your trip? What do you need to do? What's best for you to get there-air, sea, land transportation? Prices, buying the tickets, checking on necessary vaccinations, having several hotels in mind and booking a couple of nights in one.
•  Which places would you visit in your selected town? From street markets to museums.
•  Design your Project. Here are some ideas. Remember to brainstorm, select and organize them:
Are you going to organize it by steps according what you need to do?, thematically? Will you include a map with different routes described?
•  Include an enquiry letter requesting information on your destination.
•  Include a description of the places you plan to visit.
•  Include dialogues or a collection of common sentences and expressions on the different activities you have to do in order to go on that trip.

Design your project thinking it will be useful for you if you actually go on that trip. Decide on your contents considering how much time you've got to design it.