Thursday, 30 January 2014

Oral Presentations: Rubric

Have a look at the following rubric. It will help you to prepare your oral presentation as you will see the different items which will be taken into account when evaluating your presentation.

rubric_for_oral_presentation_blog.docx by dgmmm

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Madrid: Tourist Attractions

From your point of view, which are the most important tourist attractions in Madrid?

Choose one, find out some information about it, write a short description and, when you are ready, click here to listen to the instructions, choose a picture which represents the attraction you have chosen and speak about it.

T:  click here.

Thursday, 16 January 2014

A bit of practice

Once we have been practising relatives clauses quite a lot, you are ready to do the following test. This is the link to the test.

Free time activities and places: Vocabulary

In order to practise vocabulary related to free time
activities, different kinds of entertainment tourists can
carry out on holiday and the places where they are
practised, do the following exercises.

Friday, 10 January 2014

Travel-Deal Destinations for 2014

Please, read the following article from the Destinations Travel Magazine by next Monday so that we can speak about it in class (Click on the picture below).
  • Which of the destinations mentioned would you like to visit? Why? 
  • Would you add any others? Which ones?

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Project: Tourist attractions 2014

Here you have the document with the guidelines you need to do the project, which is compulsory.
Good luck! =)


Assignment: This project should be carried out at one of the top tourist attractions we can find in Madrid. You must interview a person and ask for permission to video-record the interview. If not, at least ask for permission to record the sound. I recommend you to do it in pairs but each student has to carry out an interview. Try to interact with the interviewee. Some interviews will be published on the blog for educational purposes.
Aim: To use English as a tool for communication and to get to know the people who visit our country (nationalities, reasons for travelling, accommodation chosen, opinion about tourist attractions…)
Assessment criteria: It will be graded from 1 to 10 and will be part of the mark of the oral skills.
Deadline: By Friday 7th February 2014. You will have to send me or hand in the files (with an extension I can see and listen to) and the transcription of the dialogues. The files have to be named as follows: 
  • yourname_surname_tourist_attractions_age_13_14 (Students of Travel Agencies and Events Management). 
  • yourname_surname_tourist_attractions_gatd_13_14 (Students of Tourist Accommodation Management).
This assignment won't be corrected if it doesn't follow these rules.
You can begin like this:
Good morning/afternoon/evening. I’m a student of Tourist Accommodation Management / Travel Agencies and Events Management / Tourism at Hotel Escuela High School, Madrid. We are doing a project about tourist attractions in Madrid. Would you mind answering a few questions? If you don’t mind, we would like to record the interview as a class practice. Thanks a lot.


  1. Where are you from?
  2. How long are you staying in Madrid?
  3. What is the purpose of your visit?
  4. Where are you staying (type of accommodation)?
  5. What monuments or places have you visited so far?
  6. Which one did you like most? Why?
  7. Could you give us a short description that summarises its main features?
  8. Did it fulfil your expectations? If not, why not?
  9. From you point of view, which are the top five visitor attractions in Madrid?

Student recommends one or two more places to visit (one of them has to be a ‘natural attraction’).

         Thanks for your help. Enjoy your stay.

Questionnaire: Oral production in the cloud I

Please, click here to answer a questionnaire regarding your thoughts about English language learning in order to provide you with some tools to practise your oral production.

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Tourist attractions: Vocabulary

Click here to study and review vocabulary related to tourist attractions.

There are many different ways to do it. Test yourself! I'm sure you'll enjoy it.