My experience, so far, of excursion planning is to elicit student knowledge and/or places of interest to visit (eg London) the day before. What might we see- shops, food, restaurants, people etc etc. It is mostly a speaking and listening exercise- we read tourist information from the web sites or brochures.(depending on student level). For a follow up writing exercise I then give the student different headings such as ‘What was your first impression of Brighton/London?’ What were the people like? Describe 1 or 2 things that are different to your home town/city. What is your opinion of the town/city? Throughout the actual visit I pose these questions to the student and elicit their thoughts. Hopefully, this is then transferred to their written diary. The outcome is obviously related to student level/ability. I also use the written piece for further assessment of grammatical errors and subsequent lessons.
by Mary Wilce