Cruise ships

Lesson plan overview

This ESL lesson is about cruise ships. Students learn relevant vocabulary, talk about cruises and other ways to enjoy the sea/ocean, and watch a video about food preparation on a cruise ship. Other lessons you might find interesting are: “Stop food waste”, “Overtourism”, “Unusual hotels”, “Idioms: travel” and “Phrasal verbs: travel”.
The lesson starts with a few photos of different ways to travel and enjoy the sea/ocean (e.g. yacht, cruise ship, fishing boat, jet ski, sailing boat). Students look at the photos and discuss 5 questions given.
Vocabulary: Students learn vocabulary related to cruise ships (e.g. cabin, deck, to embark, to disembark, galley, port of call). Students match the words to their definitions, and then complete a gap-fill activity.
Speaking: Next, students make a list of 10 amenities that can be found on a cruise ship, and discuss which ones are important to them.
Pre-listening vocabulary: Students are asked to explain the meaning of a few words that will later appear in the video (stock up ingredients, in stock, prep kitchens, all-you-can-eat, leftovers, food waste, buffet), and to discuss a few questions given.
Listening: Students watch a video called “Inside the 24/7 operation to feed the world’s largest cruise ship”, and complete 2 listening comprehension activities. After that they engage in a post-listening discussion.
Speaking: Finally, students are asked to create their own cruise ship itinerary and present it to the class.
For more speaking practice, and to review key words from this lesson, you can use the conversation cards.

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