The school year is well underway, and your French classes are moving right along. Yet students still seem to have vacation on their minds. It’s understandable. Language learners often begin with a curiosity about other cultures—and likely a touch of wanderlust. Maybe your students long to smell the lavender fields of Provence or witness the history in Belgium’s gothic architecture. Others may wish to see the snake charmers in Marrakesh or stroll along the beaches of Martinique.
No matter what the specific goal, the desire to travel abroad is a common reason why students study a new language. So, why not allow them to indulge in some of those travel fantasies and have them plan their dream vacation—in French?
This activity [download PDF] will engage them in both the interpretive and presentational modes of communication and activate prior knowledge of vocabulary while introducing them to new words and perhaps new places in the French-speaking world.