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English for Tourism

1. Vocabulary

average accommodation adventure coast cruise beach bookings brochures camping crowded ecotourism delay departure destination entrance fee excursion exhibition flight heritage guided tour decade high season low season leaflet

sunshine holiday national park nightlife package tour atmosphere resort foreign seaside self-catering sightseeing nature reserve souvenirs rafting sights ruins to spend tourist office travel agency to be worth trip mainland vacation island

2. Listening and Reading Comprehension Listen and read the text.


Thomas needs a holiday. He goes to the travel agency. Travel Agent Good morning. How can I help you? Thomas I'd like to go away for a holiday - somewhere in the sun.

Travel Agent Have you any particular destination in mind? Thomas Spain, I think.

Travel Agent Mainland Spain or one of the islands? Thomas The Canaries would be nice. Yes, I'd like a hotel beside a beach.

Travel Agent OK. Here are a few brochures about the Canaries, with information about hotel accommodation and self-catering apartments too. When would you like to travel? Thomas I'd like to go for a week in June. Is that high or low season?

Travel Agent I'm afraid it's the start of the high season. Thomas OK. Thanks very much. I'll have a look at the brochures and think about it.

Multiple Choice Questions 1. What kind of holiday does Thomas want? a. A holiday in the sun. b. A skiing holiday. c. A long weekend

2. Where does Thomas want to go? a. Greece b. Spain c. France

3. How long does Thomas want to go away for? a. A week b. Two weeks c. A month

4. When does the high season start? a. May b. June c. July

5. How many tickets does Thomas book? a. One b. Two c. None

3. Reading Comprehension
Here is an extract from one of the brochures that the travel agent gave Thomas: Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands, is situated in the Atlantic Ocean, close to the coast of Africa. The island enjoys spring weather all year round, with average temperatures of 20 degrees in winter and 25 in the summer. Tenerife is the ideal place to enjoy the seaside or to practise all sorts of outdoor activities, both in the sea and on land. Tenerife has much to offer culturally and commercially: a permanent calendar of exhibitions, music and theatre, as well as the best shops and shopping centres. For nightlife, there are atmospheres to suit every taste. And don't forget to enjoy the delicious fish and seafood in Tenerife's typical restaurants! 1. Where is Tenerife? a. In the Mediterranean. b. In the Atlantic. c. In Africa.

2. What's the weather like in Tenerife? a. Very hot. B. Very cold c. Not hot and not cold.

3. Which is correct? a. There isn't much to do except go to the beach. b. There is always something to do c. Theres no nightlife 4. What is NOT mentioned in the text. a. Hotels b. Food c. Culture

4. Listening and Reading Comprehension


Thomas read his brochures, but went to the Greek Island of Rhodes instead, because there was a special offer. When he got there he didn't want to spend all day on the beach, so he went to the Tourist Office to get some information. Thomas Hello. Can you give me some information about things to do here? What do you recommend? Girl Have you visited the Medieval City and the old walls?

Thomas Yes, I've been there and done that. Girl Well then, what about a guided tour of the ancient city of Kamiros or the ancient ruins of the Acropolis of Rhodes?

Thomas Maybe, but is there anything else to do apart from ancient ruins? Somebody in the hotel told me something about butterflies.

Girl

Ah, yes. The Valley of the Butterflies. It's a nature reserve and well worth a visit, except you won't see many butterflies until next month. Or you could try the worldfamous Water Park. There's an entrance fee of course. Here's a leaflet.

Thomas Yes, that sounds like fun. I think I'll try it. Thanks very much. 1. Thomas went to Greece because: a. The travel agent recommended it. b. There was a special offer. c. His girlfriend wanted to go there. 2. Which is correct? a. b. c. He wasn't interested in ancient ruins. He wasn't interested in the beach. He wanted to do a variety of different things.

3. The tourist office girl mentioned guided tours of: a. b. c. An ancient city. The nature reserve. The Water Park.

4. Thomas decided to go to: a. b. c. An ancient city. The nature reserve. The Water Park.

5. The tourist office girl gave him: a. b. c. A leaflet. A brochure. A ticket.

5. Reading Comprehension
The words tourist and tourism are quite modern, but tourism is much older. People have always travelled to distant parts of the world in order to see great buildings or works of art, to learn new languages, or simply for pleasure. Nowadays, however, organised tourism is an enormous industry all over the world, and many national economies depend on it. In the past tourism meant travelling to foreign countries, but now it also includes travelling within your own country. The last century saw the growth of mass tourism, with package tours to holiday resorts in the sun. In recent years tourists have begun to look for alternatives to crowded resorts, and other forms of tourism have developed. 1. Tourism does NOT include: a. b. c. Travel for pleasure. Travel for culture. Travel for business negotiations.

2. Which is correct? a. b. c. Tourism today is more organised. Tourism today is less organised. In the past, people travelled more.

3. Which is correct? a. b. c. A few countries depend on tourism. A lot of countries depend on tourism. National economies don't depend on tourism.

4. What is a package holiday? a. b. c. Travel and accommodation. Travel only. A special offer.

5. Which is correct? a. b. c. Mass tourism no longer exists. There are now many types of tourism. Tourists always prefer crowded holiday resorts.

6. Reading True / False Questions


Read the text again and answer the questions. 1. Organised tourism is now a very important industry. TRUE FALSE 2. Tourism hasn't changed in the last 200 years. TRUE FALSE 3. Tourists aren't usually interested in the weather at their destination. TRUE FALSE 4. Tourist offices usually sell souvenirs and gifts. TRUE FALSE

5. Camping holidays are not considered as tourism. TRUE FALSE 6. Travel agents book tickets and make reservations. TRUE FALSE 7. Making your own food in an apartment is called self-catering. TRUE FALSE 8. Airline flights are never delayed. TRUE FALSE 9. For entrance into museums and galleries you sometimes pay an entrance fee. TRUE FALSE 10. A holiday resort can be in the mountains or at the seaside. TRUE FALSE

7. Grammar Practice
Transformation
Example: The Acropolis is over 2000 years old. (How old ...?) How old is the Acropolis? The guide works six hours a day. (How many hours a day ...?) How many hours a day does the guide work?

1. A. Tourists can visit the Royal Palace. (What can ...?


B. 2. A. Thomas went to Greece. (Why did ...?)

B. ... 3. A. Maria goes to Ibiza every year. (Where does ...?) B. .... 4. A. Last year Michael went to Florida. (When did ...?) B. .... 5. A. The Acropolis is over 2000 years old. (How old ...?) B. .... 6. A. I go skiing every weekend. (How often do you ...?) B. .. 7. A. The flight takes three hours. (How long does ...?) B. .. 8. A. The train leaves at 6.30 a.m. (What time ...?) B. .. 9. A. The guided tour costs 12 euros. (How much does ...?) B. .. 10. A. I prefer the trip to Prague. (Which trip do ...?) B. ..

8. Forming Questions
Explanation: In a question like: `Where did the Petersons go?' the subject is `the Petersons' In this case we have to use the auxiliary `did' to make the question because the subject is not an interrogative word. In a question like: `Who went to Ibiza last year?' the subject is `who' and it is an interrogative word, so the auxiliary is not used. In this exercise we are going to make questions with an interrogative expression. Example: 1. A. The Petersons went to New Zealand. (Who?) B. Who went to New Zealand? ..

2. A. Tourism helps the economy. (What?)


B. .

3. A. The tourists enjoyed the food. (Who?)


B. ... 4. A. Japanese tourists take a lot of photos. (Who?) B. ....

5. A. The first flight departed on time. (Which flight?)


B. ....

6. A. A technical problem delayed the second flight. (What?)


B. .. 7. A. The pilot explained the delay. (Who?) B. .. 8. A. Forty million tourists visited Spain last year. (How many tourists?) B. ..

9. Selections
Chose the correct answer.

1. b.
a. 2. a. b. 3. a. b. 4. a. b

Who did write Romeo and Juliet? Who wrote Romeo and Juliet? Organised tourism is important industry. Organised tourism is an important industry. How many people did visit Rome last year? How many people visited Rome last year? Who are you travelling with? With who are you travelling?

5. a. The guide speaks three languages, doesn't she? . b. The guide speaks three languages, can't she? 6. a. Did you spend all the day in the beach? b. Did you spend all day on the beach? 7. a. Did they enjoy the excursion? b. Did they enjoy excursion? 8. a. Did you go in July? b Did you go on July? 9. a. I have never been to India. b. I have never gone to India.

10. a. b.

Do you want a holiday? Will you a holiday?

10. True/False Statements


For each of the statements below, choose True or False. Sunshine tourism with package holidays in seaside resorts is still popular, and now includes destinations on the other side of the world, but in the past few decades other forms of tourism have been developed. One new form of tourism which is gaining popularity is ecotourism. This offers safaris, trips to rain forests or national parks, or even cruises in the polar regions. Sport tourism, particularly skiing, and adventure activities such as rafting attract more and more young people, while cultural tourism visiting historical or interesting cities is often an opportunity to take a long weekend break. Heritage tourism, visiting historical or industrial sites, language tourism, and health tourism to relieve stress, often in "health spas", are other alternatives. In recent years many people have started taking two holidays per year, with a package tour to a typical tourist resort, and a winter skiing vacation or weekend break. 1. Nobody buys package holidays nowadays. TRUE FALSE 2. On an ecological safari tourists don't kill animals. TRUE FALSE 3. National parks are protected areas. TRUE FALSE 4. Young people are becoming interested in adventure holidays. TRUE FALSE 5. Visiting old industrial sites is not a form of tourist activity. TRUE FALSE 6. A lot of people travel abroad to learn a language.

TRUE FALSE

11. Cloze
Fill in the gaps in the text using the words from the box below. such as many break more and while an per other even

This offers safaris, trips to rain forests or national parks, or.. cruises in the polar regions. Sport tourism, particularly skiing, and adventure activities .. rafting attract ..and more young people,.. cultural tourism visiting historical or interesting cities is often .opportunity to take a long weekend. Heritage tourism, visiting historical or industrial sites, language tourism, and health tourism to relieve stress, often in "health spas", are alternatives. In recent years ..people have started taking two holidays .......... year, with a package tour to a typical tourist resort, ..a winter skiing vacation or weekend break.

12. Gap Filling


Choose the correct option to fill the gaps in the following sentences. 1. On a ____ holiday your travel and hotel are arranged for you. a. tour b. package c. resort

2. A ____ is a person or book that gives tourist information about a place. a. trip b. guide c. touring

3. People often bring back ____ from holiday destinations. a. souvenirs b. postage stamps c. postcards

4. Last year we went ____ in France. a. for an itinerary b. on a safari c. camping

5. ____ accommodation is cheaper than most hotel accommodation. a. Self-catering b. Local c. Crowded

6. Enjoy a ____ around some of the most beautiful islands of the Caribbean. a. adventure b. sightseeing c. cruise

7. A ____ is a place where a lot of people go on holiday, often by the sea. a. resort b. package holiday c. trip

8. Last year we went on a coach ____ round Austria and Switzerland. a. guide b. travel c. trip

9. Organised tourism is now a major ____ around the world. a. economy b. industry c. hobby

10. Ecotourism is tourism which has minimal impact on the ____ . a. environment b. industry c. city

11. When you visit a museum you sometimes have to pay an entrance ____ . a. sum b. amount c. fee

12. Cheap ____ mean more people can fly more often. a. tours b. flights c. resorts

13. Sometimes flights are cancelled or ____ . a delayed b. retarded c. suppressed

14. Tenerife enjoys temperatures of 20 ____ in winter. a. grades b. degrees c. centigrades

15. Is June high or ____ season? a. average b. mean c. low

16. I'll ____ a look at the brochures. a. have b. make c. throw

17. There was over-____ in our hotel last year. a. loading b. reservation c. booking

18. I hate ____ beaches. a. crowded b. crowd c. plenty

19. A travel ____ organises trips. a. book b. agency c. tour

20. Goodbye! Have a good ____ ! a. tour b. travel c. trip

11. Cloze
Fill in the gaps in the text using the words from the box below. such as many break more and while an per other even

This offers safaris, trips to rain forests or national parks, or even cruises in the polar regions. Sport tourism, particularly skiing, and adventure activities such as rafting attract more and more young people, while cultural tourism visiting historical or interesting cities is often an opportunity to take a long weekend break. Heritage tourism, visiting historical or industrial sites, language tourism, and health tourism to relieve stress, often in "health spas", are other alternatives. In recent years many people have started taking two holidays per year, with a package tour to a typical tourist resort, and a winter skiing vacation or weekend break.