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1 Vacation: Preview 1 Complete the text with words from the box. playing and listening to music planning their holidays work Not a vacation just a summer camp When school finishes and the summer begins, teenagers start (1). Many teenagers go abroad; some go on vacation in their own country; others either go to a summer camp or get a job. In the U.S., many teenagers go to summer camps. There are many different types of camp, for example, music camp, acting camp, sports camp, and scout camp. Teenagers who go to a music camp spend two weeks having fun (2). In the UK, there are not many summer camps. Many teenagers get summer jobs to earn money. A good and fun alternative would be to (3) in summer camps in the U.S.! 2 Make a list of things you can do during your summer vacation. Compare your list with a classmate s. 26

2 Vacation: Part one Before watching 1 Look at the pictures about holidays in the U.S. Label them with words from the box. walking alligator/crocodile swimming Disneyland dolphins wildlife rides riding theme park a b c d 27

3 While watching 2 Watch the DVD and put a check (3) next to the best answer. 1. Where do Americans usually go on holiday? a. the U.S. b. Europe c. Australia 2. Jessica says places in America are. a. usually interesting b. the same as each other c. very different from each other 3. How do Americans add adventure into their holidays? a. by doing dangerous sports b. by doing interesting things c. by traveling abroad 3 Watch the DVD. Match the places (1 4) with the descriptions (a d). 1. Everglades a. swim with dolphins 2. Miami b. games, live shows and restaurants 3. Grand Canyon c. water, tall grasses, trees, and alligators 4. Theme parks d. walking and riding Washington DC The Grand Canyon Disneyland California The Everglades Disney World Florida Miami 4 Watch the DVD and complete the sentences. 1. American families theme parks. 2. Theme parks have rides for the as well as games, live shows, and. 3. Only about of Americans have passports. 4. Most Americans go abroad for vacation. 5. is the favorite overseas destination for Americans. EXTENSION What places would you like to see in the U.S.? Why? 28

4 Vacation: Part two Before watching 1 Check (3) the pictures of vacation places that are in the UK Where do you think American and British people go on vacation? Make a list. Then watch the DVD and check your list. Americans British 29

5 While watching 2 Here is a list of places in the UK and around the world that British people like to visit. Watch the DVD and check (3) the places that you hear. 1. Cornwall 7. Spain 2. Fistral Bay 8. Bosnia 3. Blackpool 9. Czech Republic 4. Devon 10. the U.S.A. 5. Italy 11. Japan 6. France 12. Australia EXTENSION Why do people want to go on vacation to the UK? What do tourists to the UK do on their vacation? Do a survey in your school and report back to your class. 3 Watch the DVD and complete the sentences. 1. Most English people at least once a year. 2. British people still go to the. 3. Lots of spend a week or two at Fistral Bay. 4. Most British tourists go to Spain or. 5. British people are usually looking for. 6. Croatia, Bosnia, and are countries British people also visit. 7. Last year, about British people visited the. 8. James has been to and New York. 30

6 Vacation: Part three While watching 1 Where do people go for their summer vacation and what do they do on their vacation? Watch the DVD and complete the chart. Where? What? Kelly Illinois (1) Aaron (2) Acting Emily (3) Don t know Quintin (4) Help with younger scouts Anders Utah (5) Milenka Chile (6) Jonathan France (7) and (8) Ahmed (9) Visit relatives and play sport EXTENSION Interview students in your class. Ask: What do you do in the summer? Where do you go for summer vacation? 31

7 Follow-up Sun, beach and backpack: Ideas about vacations have changed in the last thirty years. In the 1970s and 1980s, when teenagers finished school, they immediately went on vacation for a year. American and Australian students bought themselves backpacks and then jumped on a plane to Europe. When they arrived in Europe, they bought a special ticket called an Interrail card. This card allowed them to use trains all over Europe at a discount. They stayed in pensions because hotels were too expensive. Often the room in the pension had ten beds and was very cold in winter! Countries such as Germany, Italy, Spain, Greece, and Turkey were very popular. In the summer, American teenagers slept on the beaches at night and had parties. In the 1970s and 1980s, it was very easy and inexpensive to travel, so many teenagers returned home to the U.S. with lots of photographs, lots of memories, and sometimes more money than they had when they left! Today, American teenagers don t want to go backpacking. They prefer to go on package vacations. They prefer to stay in expensive hotels, and they don t want to be away for a long period of time. American teenagers would rather go to Europe, where they can stay in comfortable hotels. They aren t as interested in experiencing a new culture. The British are different. In the 1970s and 1980s, British teenagers didn t travel very much. Most of the time they spent their vacations by the sea in England. In the 1980s and 1990s, they started having short vacations in places like Spain and Italy, but they usually stayed in hotels or caravans. It wasn t until the end of the 1990s that the British started taking their backpacks. Now you can find British backpackers all over Europe and Asia. You can even find them in the U.S.! 1 Match these words from the text (1 5) with their correct meanings (a e). 1. backpack a. when everything is included in the price, e.g. plane ticket, hotel, food 2. discount b. a house on wheels 3. pension c. a type of bag carried on the back 4. package holiday d. a very inexpensive, basic, hotel 5. caravan e. reduced price 2 Match the titles (a d) below to the paragraphs (1 4) in the text. Write the letters next to the numbers. a. What about British teenagers? b. What do American teenagers want when they go on holiday now? c. Where did American teenagers go on holiday in the 1970s and 1980s? d. What did American teenagers do when they went on holiday in the 1970s and 1980s? 3 Are these sentences true or false? Check (3) the correct box. 1. In the 1970s and 1980s, American teenagers went to Europe for vacation. 2. They usually traveled for six months. 3. American teenagers spent the summer on European beaches. 4. American teenagers often worked when they were in Europe. 5. American teenagers still love to go backpacking. 6. Today there are many British backpackers. 4 Project GROUPS. Plan a one-year backpack vacation for yourself around Europe. Where do you want to go? What do you want to do? Where do you want to stay? Try to find pictures of the places you would like to go to. Present your plans to the class. True False 32

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