1. What is the purpose of ClayB’s visit to Belarus? 2. Why didn’t Cora v stay in a cottage near Mir castle? 3. What seems to be the cheapest way to get to Belarus from Britain? 4. What countries are the forum visitors from? 5. What are the general impressions of those who already came back from their trips?
c) Which of the following definitions describe the words taken from the forum above?
Visa – a) a credit card issued by Visa inc. b)a document issued by a country's government allowing the holder to enter that country c) a French independent record label
Aussie – a) in common financial parlance what Australian dollar is called b) slang for a person with autism c) a slang term for (an) Australian
PM – a) project manager b) personal message c) prime minister
Insurance – a) protection against financial failure b) a score that increases a team's lead enough to prevent the opposing team from tying the game with one more score c) the act, system, or business of providing financial protection for property, life, health, etc., against specified possibilities, such as death, loss, or damage
Re – a) In reference to; in the case of; concerning (Latin) b) renewable energy c) alternate spelling for an ancient Egyptian god Ra
apply – a) to refer (a word, epithet, etc.) to a person or thing b) to request or seek assistance, admission etc c) to put to practical use
input – a) a statement that expresses a personal opinion or belief or adds information b) energy, work, or power used to drive a machine c) a statement or remark that calls attention to something or someone
hassling – a) to argue or fight b) provoke by constant criticism c) to trouble or bother
D) Discuss the questions below in pairs.
How many questions are asked? How many of them are answered? What questions got more than one reply? What are the most common questions? Do you have any of these questions on your list?
4. a) Could you answer any of the questions in the forum? Would you make a good destination expert on Belarus?
b) Work in small groups. Provide your significant input! Answer the questions in the forum and the questions on your list about Belarus.
Note: Be creative. Recommend the sources the tourists can apply for information to if you don’t know the answer. Use your personal experience to give recommendations. Don’t sound too formal.
LESSON 7: GET YOURSELF AN AGENT
Active vocabulary:travel agent
Communicative area: at the travel agency
1. Look at the cartoons below. In pairs discuss what happened to tourists and why they have got themselves into trouble. What should they have done in order to be prepared for their trips? ( èëë. 7.7.1 -7.7.3)
2. a) Listen to Marylin Wexler and David Sierge talking about their jobs as travel agents. How different is their work? Is their attitude to work similar or different?
b) Work in pairs. Did Marylin or David mention the following? According to the interviews what do these words have to do with the job of a travel agent?
fare, concierge, complainers, Internet, Oprah show, F.B.I. agent, language lessons, international community, family reunion, Chlorophobia