Making a Video Film - Guidelines
Writing  Imaginary Travelogues

1. Introduction

1.1. Introducing activity. Explain what  travel logs are . Show some of them. Tell them they'll work in groups and will write a diary, a scrapbook or a daily travel log. Explain differences.

1.2. Provide examples of data that can be recorded in their log or diary: date, country, towns and roads passed, start and finish locations, fuel consumed, start and finish odometer numbers, local headlines in newspapers, cost of things, activities, temperature and weather, events, impressions, landscape descriptions, local history and industries, environment, natural resources, wildlife, people met, inhabitants, language, traditions, social patterns, political situation, habits, food, music, folklore, literature, etc... Write a list of all these on the blackboard and elicit other possibilities. Can/Could

1.3. Material they can use: all kind but written in English: road maps, travel guides, encyclopedias, city plans, brochures and leaflets, books and magazines, souvenirs, tickets, bills, pictures, drawings,
newspapers. They can get material at school, on the internet, consulate offices, travel agencies etc... Elicit other possible sources. We can/could get...

1.4.  Make them choose partners and make groups of  four

2. Choose the place and Reasons for the trip.

2.1 Choose the Place. They should try to make it a large country or several, but they should have English as one of their official languages.

2.1.1. Hand out  map of the world  and  sheet  with name of countries with English as an official language. Working in groups in the library they should find information about each country and make sentences describing their location. Jamaica is / The Bermudas are south, north, west, east of...

2.1.2. Ask students about the countries and make them read and confront their answers.

2.1.3. Make them place the countries in their maps.

2.1.4. Elicit How many English speaking countries are there in the world /in Asia/in America...

2.1.5. Give them some material on different countries (travel guidebooks, brochures and maps) and make them work in groups making suggestions: I think we could go... /Why don't we go.../
Let's go to.../ Shall we go to... /  +  express difficulties and encumbrances: This can/may be dificult / very expensive/ dangerous / boring / too hot / too cold...

2.1.6. Elicit final decision of the groups: We are going to visit/ go to...

2.2. Reasons for the trip.

2.2.1. Imagine and comment any possible imaginary reasons for the trip: end of studies or schoolyear, holidays and tourism, sabatical year, research, business, looking for something or someone, changes in life: death in the family, divorce, becoming unemployed, spiritual quest. Elicit other possibilities and make them discuss in groups.

2.2.2. Elicit group answers in the Present Simple and Continuous. Why are you getting away ?

2.2.3. Writing of a short introduction for the diary. Revision of  Simple Past narrative: affirmative and negative. (if the pupils in the revision credit are still unable to produce Present structures, don't move forward). Reasons for the trip and general data about the country.

3. Getting Information

3.1. Draw a map of the place, country or route. What things can you find in a map ? You can find rivers and lakes, mountain ridges and valleys, roads and cities, airports, railway stations and lines. What colours can you use for each of them ?  You can draw ... in black/green/blue... What other information can you give ?

3.2. Description of the region, area or country. Use an encyclopedia to find information on wildlife, weather, health problems, political situation, dangers. Make short descriptions using the Simple Present. Use adverbs of frequency: generally, often, sometimes, seldom, never. Further use of There is/ There are.

3.3. How to get there. How can you get there ? You can get there by train / car / plane / boat / bus / coach...What means of transport do you have to take ? Practice of  must, have to.

4. Getting Ready

4.1. List of things needed. Classify nouns according to group: clothes, food, equipment, first-aid items. Use the dictionary. Say whether they are countable or uncountable. Express prediction with will and plans with be going to. What clothes /equipment / food/ first aid items / remedies  will you need / are you going to take with you ?

4.2. Shopping tour. You want some of the things and items mentioned above, so you go on a shopping tour. Write short dialogues between a shop-assistant and yourself. Practice of would like
+ to-infinitive. What would you like ? How much is it ? I'll have... Write a couple of dialogues for each of the shops.

4.3. Safety rules (extension). Someone ( a travel agent, a teacher, one of your parents or a friend)
gives you some advice about your trip: safety rules, health, getting a visa, religion, politics, habits... You make a list of all those instructions: You should / shouldn't / mustn't / have to...

 5. Departure

5.1. Situations at the airport. Check-in desk, waiting , shopping, boarding and flight. Narrate in the
Simple Past and Past continuous using conjunctions when and while.

5.2. Arrival at target airport and transfer to the city. Work with city plans and transport information brochures. Further practice of narrative in the past.

 6. En route

6.1. Travel log or diary for several days.(strengthening group: Simple present / extension group: Narrative in the past)

6.2. Events and situations. Narrative contrast in the past. Note differences with your country: use of comparative structures.

7. Souvenirs

7.1. Sending a postcard. Revision of Present Continuous for actions at the moment of speaking and Simple Present for habitual actions. Extension: use of  Present Perfect: things we have done, completed actions, recent events, experience.

8. Back home

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