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Dark tourism

(http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/general/sixminute/2014/05/140508_
6min_dark_tourism.shtml)
PRE-STAGE
1. Most tourists travel for leisure. What are some other types of tourism?
2. Have you ever visited on of the following places?
a) Auschwitz
b) Chernobyl
c) Kalavryta monument (located in Greece-the population of the
village was murdered by the Nazis in 1940s)
3. What makes people visit these places when on holidays? Put the
following statements in an order according to your opinion.

To pay respect
Curiosity
To know the history of a place
Its part of the package holidays theyve paid for
To boast to friends when coming back from holidays
4. Would you buy souvenirs and take photos while visiting these sites?
Justify your answer.
WHILE-STAGE
1) Listen to/Read the following text and answer whether the following
questions are TRUE or FALSE
1. Both speakers have travelled to Chernobyl.

2. Nelson Mandela spent 18 years in prison in
Robben Island in South Africa.
3. Dark tourism is about visiting sites in northern parts
of Europe where nights last longer.
4. Dark tourism has existed in the past in a different form.

5. People visit dark sites mostly because of their
human nature according to Doctor Stone
6. The two journalists argue about buying souvenirs
while visiting a dark site.
7. The extract was part of Doctor Stones interview
on the topic of dark tourism.






2) Match the words with their definition.

1. depressing

a) gruesome
2. morbid

b) melancholic
3. macabre c) what is believed to be the
right way to behave
4. ethics

d) pathological
5. memorialisation e) honouring something or an
event






Across

5. Describes a place which is not attractive because a lot of tourists visit it and it
is full of things for them to buy and do
6. A holiday arranged by a travel company for a fixed price that includes the cost
of your hotel and transport, and sometimes meals and entertainment
7. Off the ............... track: a place where few people go, far from any main
roads and towns
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8. In an all .................. holiday food and all drinks are provided for free by the
hotel.

Down

1. Brighton is a ................. resort in England.(near the sea)
2. A person or company that arranges tickets, hotel rooms, etc. for people going
on holiday or making a journey
3. Our tickets to Australia include a ..............for two nights in Singapore.
4. The time of year when the greatest number of people visit a place and when
the prices are at their highest level


POST-STAGE
a) Design a poster to promote a dark tourism destination.
b) Roleplay a debate on the cons and pros of dark tourism.
c) Visit the following sites
a) http://www.911memorial.org/
b) http://en.auschwitz.org/m/

and fill in the missing information
Then present these places of interest in the class.


Location and access


Places of interest to visit in the
site

Year it was founded


Opening hours during the
summer period

Photography and screening policy
Fees for guided tours for
individuals in groups(English
language)

Discount in fees for special
groups

Are children under the age of six
welcome in the museum?

Services for handicapped people

Permanent exhibition items

Is a virtual tour provided?

Is there a museum shop?

Educational activities for
children


PRE-STAGE
1) Some types of tourism are:
Business, Medical, Religious, Adventure, Eco, Sports, Wellness
tourism
2-4) Answers vary according to students opinion. Try to elicit the
ethics behind taking a selfie or buying a souvenir when visiting a dark site
destination

WHILE-STAGE
1) 1F, 2T, 3F, 4T, 5F, 6F, 7F
2) 1b, 2a, 3d, 4c, 5e

CROSSWORD


POST-STAGE
Students choose the type of assignment that best suits their learning style.
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