English Language; Drama & Speech; Social Etiquette. Est. 1986, Hong Kong


03 June 2016

Going on a Summer Holiday?

Summer holidays are just around the corner, so many people are planning a summer break. In this activity the holiday remains a “virtual” one, but by looking at travel information, you can learn to use the related vocabulary in context;  perhaps you can convince Mum or Dad or a friend that you should actually go to one of this place!

Firstly, decide the travel destination – a beach? A city in another country? Or a pleasant country village? It’s up to you! Once you have decided your destination, you can go to a travel agent and get several brochures or search online via several websites for information about the place. Look at how these texts describe the destination – you should be able to work out some common types of words (in particular adjectives) and phrases that are used to “sell” travel. If you had chosen the beach, you would find something like the following:

Swaths of powdery sand separate green hills from the crystal-clear Caribbean waters surrounding the U.S. Virgin Islands. Beach aficionados [fans] should beeline for idyllic St. John, home of windsurfer-friendly Cinnamon Bay, the beachside cafes of Cruz Bay, and less-frequented Francis Bay beach. [1]

Or the countryside:

The big, open skies of the countryside let you see thousands of stars sparkling at night. Enjoy star gazing at our suggested spots, and download our Dark Skies walking guides for details of all the key constellations to be seen. [2]

You can make a list of useful words and phrases for these destinations. Perhaps you could make up a place (city, beach, countryside or something else) in your imagination and using these words and phrases make your own travel brochure. Then try to “sell” the destination to your friends or parents by using convincing and colourful language.


[1] http://www.tripadvisor.com/Inspiration-g1-c1-World.html

[2] http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/places/coast-and-countryside/