Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Welcome to this year 2012-13

This blog was created last academic year in order to improve reading and listening English for tourism competence. Most of the activities proposed here have been linked in the virtual course, so that all of you are invited to take part in them by adding your commentaries in the form of little compositions.

If you you to your right, you will see a list of feeds comming from Anglo-Saxon travel and tourism industry, such us The New York Times, TIME, The Times, etc. You may also find other with sound archives to listen either in your PCs or your smartphones.

On the top of that list you will find our twitter account. If you follow us, you will receive news and other pieces of information about this topic as well. 

Welcome to this new course and enjoy!

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Tailor-made tours: tourism for dissable people

This time I will ask you something actually challenging to you! You will need to design a cultural trip for a group of 20 middle-aged people to an European city of your choice. Try to choose an accesible city if you can. You will also need to think about a real accesible hotel, museums, streets for walk in a wheelchair, etc.

ready?... go!

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Talking about the weather. Vocabulary 2.

Internet is full of software applications dealing with weather either to use in your computer or to bring with you in your tablet or even your smartphone. Have a look at some of them before answering to the following task.


You have been told to prepare the launching of a new product in New Zealand for next January 30th. Try to install of of these applications and explain breafly to you colleage what kind of clothes wil you pack in your luggage.

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

How do I find complex expressions in a dictionary?

You may have experienced how difficult is trying to find out the meaning of a whole expression in a common dictionary. Most of the times, what you have came across is an idiom. On of the most complete dictionaries of idioms on the internet is Cambridge International Dictionary:

The Cambridge International Dictionary of Idioms explains over 7,000 idioms current in British, American and Australian English, helping learners to understand them and use them with confidence. The Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms, based on the 200 million words of American English text in the Cambridge International Corpus, unlocks the meaning of more than 5,000 idiomatic phrases used in contemporary American English. Full-sentence examples show how idioms are really used.
The Cambridge University Press is respected worldwide for its commitment to advancing knowledge, education, learning, and research. It was founded on a royal charter granted to the University by Henry VIII in 1534 and has been operating continuously as a printer and publisher since the first Press book was printed in 1584.
The free dictionary by Fairlex (http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/)

Your could access to part of the listed idioms either in the url mentioned or directly from the CUP website: http://dictionary.cambridge.org/results.asp?searchword=idioms&dict=I&sourceid=Mozilla-search

Remember that if you are using Firefox as default browser, you can also have it always on the upper right corner (http://mycroft.mozdev.org/search-engines.html?name=dictionaries). Just click on it and you'll have it as one of your firefox search engine extensions.

Here you are are a very useful website to help you finding out some fixed expressions and other idioms:

I hope this could help you to go on studying this subject!

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Preparing flight meals

Watch the following video and answer the following questions by using the comments option.

1. Do you like eating on board?

2. Could you explain any difference between preparing food to be eaten in a restaurant and to consumed on board?

3. Did you know all of the process told in the video? Have anything called your attention?

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Presentation skills

After reading pages 132 and 133 from your textbooks, visit this website with more ideas about speaking in public. There, you will find information about how to deal with visual presentations projected with the help of a computer.

There are many places found in the Internet to host your presentation in order to be share with other people. One of the most famous ones is called Slideshare. Try to upload yours, using the exercise done in the mentioned pages and paste its url using the comments option of this entry in you wish.