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Use this lesson, specifically designed for online classes, to talk about holidays and holiday activities.

In this lesson learners talk about holidays and holiday activities. They initially meet vocabulary through a pre-lesson task, then they practise and extend the vocabulary through listening and speaking activities. Next they are introduced to some past simple forms and consider how to categorise them before practising them with some simple games. They also show the class a souvenir from a past holiday and use the past simple forms to write and speak about a previous holiday.


  • To review and learn vocabulary for talking about holidays and holiday activities
  • To practise speaking and listening skills
  • To introduce and contextualise past simple forms
  • To enhance motivation and interest by sharing a meaningful object
  • To encourage the use of past simple forms in a personalised context

Age group



CEFR level A1–A2


Two lessons of 45–60 minutes or one longer lesson


The lesson plan and materials can be downloaded below. In addition:

  • The teacher will need some holiday realia for stage 1 and a souvenir from a holiday for stage 8.
  • The learners will need a pen or pencil and paper or a notebook.

Important: Please read

Included in the teachers' notes you will find guidance and advice for what teachers need to know and do before and at the beginning of an online class. Please read the lesson instructions carefully before using them. They are for guidance only, and designed to be used with the most common online platforms. You may need to adapt the lesson to the format and online platform you are working with.