Known to native Americans as the ‘Mountain lying down’, the Grand Canyon stretches for 443 kilometres where the Colorado River cuts through north-west Arizona. The canyon is a baby by geological standards – only five or six million years old. It is the incredible colours of these different layers of rock that delight visitors.
What could be more romantic than going down a Venetian canal in a gondola? No wonder Venice is the favourite of lovers all over the world. The unique city is located on 118 flat islands, and has over 200 canals and 400 bridges. There is the Piazza San Marco, one of the most beautiful squares in the world with its 500-year-old buildings and the Doge’s Palace, the home of many of Venice’s most famous paintings and sculptures.
Koh Samui, Thailand
A tropical paradise located in the warm blue waters to the southeast of Thailand. Although it is the kingdom’s second largest island after Phuket, it was unknown to tourists until a few years ago. It is covered with coconut trees and brightly coloured flowers and it is surrounded by white sandy beaches and turquoise seas. You can rest on remote beaches, you can do great shopping, you can eat in first class restaurants and see an exciting night-life.
Northern Thailand can also propose you a three-week ‘adventure’ walking holiday. You will walk through jungle and across high hills in a remote part of the country where there are few people and a lot of wild animals.
Las Vegas, USA
A surprising, choice as your favourite city, Las Vegas means the ‘meadows’ in Spanish, but meadows are probably the only thing you can’t find here. Even for those who are not interested in gambling. It is one of the most exciting cities of the world. ‘The strip’, in the centre of town, is five kilometers of the most extravagant hotels you will ever see, including replicas of the Eiffel Tower, the Egyptian Pyramids and ancient Roman Palaces.
Ireland is separated into two parts. The north is still part of the UK, while the Republic of Ireland, in the South, has been an independent state since 1921. People speak two official languages here: English and Gaelic. Ireland is famous for its beautiful scenery, especially its coastline and green rolling hills. It is often known as the ‘Emerald Isle’. It is also famous for its traditional music, its many great writers (Oscar Wilde, W.B. Yeats, James Joyce, to name just a few), and finally for its national drink, Guinness, a thick black beer. You should visit Limerick which is one of the most beautiful cities in Ireland. It is situated on the river Shannon, and is famous for its cathedrals and castles. You can be attracted by the Ring Kerry and it’s the most beautiful scenery in the whole of Ireland.
Role-play a situation. You are an interviewer, you want to know people’s opinions about the best places to visit. Prepare questions you want to ask and interview the students. Summarize and present your results.
Think of a place you would like to visit. Explain to the class why you think it is the place of your priority. Use active vocabulary.
X 4. Listening and writing:
1. You will hear the description of the city of Sydney by a guide who is on a city tour with a group of tourists. Make notes of what was said and be ready to describe the city using the similar way of presentation of information naming the places of interest and its specific attraction for tourists.
2. Write a short description of the place you have been to or you are planning or dreaming to go to. Your description should include the following:
Paragraph 1: set the scene (name, location of the place, reasons for choosing the place)
Paragraph 2, 3: overall look and particular details (place, sights, facilities, free-time activities, buildings with their specific details)
Final paragraph:feelings and final thoughts about the place, recommendation