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Leisure and Tourism

Activities to encourage students to think critically about the impact of tourism: its benefits and disadvantages for countries, and its promises and pitfalls for travellers.

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A range of activities to stimulate thought and conversation about tourism, including recent trends in tourism and the environmental, economic and other implications for developing nations.


Each worksheet includes a teacher-led listening or reading exercise to improve comprehension skills, and an opportunity for students to discuss their own experiences, as well as notes and an answer key for teachers.

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Inside Leisure and Tourism

  • Changes in Tourism in Western Europe

    Type: General lesson plan

    Through listening to an interview, students are introduced to how money, mobility and air travel have affected tourism in Western Europe. Teacher’s notes accompany the listening and writing exercises and include the interview script.

  • Tourism in Less Economically Developed Countries (LEDCs)

    Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    Students are introduced to the term ‘LEDC’ and asked to consider the implications of tourism in this thought-provoking worksheet. Group and pair work encourages students to think about the different areas of life affected by tourism and talk about their own experiences. Full teacher’s notes accompany these exercises.

  • Tourism in Thailand: Intermediate

    Level: Intermediate Type: General lesson plan

    Students are given the chance to critically assess the difference between advertising and reality in the tourist industry.

  • Tourism in Thailand: Upper intermediate

    Level: Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: General lesson plan

    Students are given the chance to critically assess the difference between advertising and reality in the tourist industry.

  • Recent trends and patterns in Western European tourism

    Level: Intermediate Type: General lesson plan

    Through listening to or reading an interview, students learn about some of the reasons behind the recent changes in the way Western Europeans travel.

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