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Welcome to the : 

Welcome to the Dream Vacation WEBQUEST A WebQuest for Advanced ESL and Adult Education Learners Designed by Astrid Robitaille Northwestern Connecticut Community College Project Crossroads


For some ideas about warm-up and review exercises, click on the picture of the teacher. Students, for some tips on how to use the travel websites in this WebQuest, click on the suitcase.


WARM-UP AND REVIEW Show map of United States; discuss warm regions versus cold regions, where “home” is, and methods of transportation. Have students discuss the concept of vacation and where they might like to go. Review log-on procedures, find Dream Vacation WebQuest file, retrieve WebQuest file. Review Microsoft PowerPoint; quickly view a couple of previous student projects. Review vocabulary: website, Google, cut, copy, paste, graphics, etc.

Some Travel Vocabulary Click on each word to see the definition as well as a sample sentence! : 

Some Travel Vocabulary Click on each word to see the definition as well as a sample sentence! Accommodations Airfare Airline Arrival Bed & Breakfast Boarding Pass Book (verb) Check-in Departure Destination Excursion Ferry Hotel Itinerary Jet Lag Lodging Luggage Motel Motor coach Reservations Sightseeing Subway Tour Traveler’s checks


Accommodations (n.): arrangements for sleeping such as a hotel room or ship cabin. “This trip’s accommodations were in a lovely hotel.” Airfare (n.): money that is charged for an airline ticket “How much is the airfare to fly to Texas?” Airline (n.): The brand name of an air company such as United, Continental, etc. “Which airline are you flying?” Arrival (n.): The time that you get to your destination. “Our arrival at the train station was delayed.” Click on the airplane to go back to the Travel Vocabulary slide.


Bed & Breakfast (n.): a private house that rents rooms to travelers and usually includes some meals. “We stayed at a bed and breakfast in Maine.” Boarding Pass (n.): the part of your ticket that you need to show in order to get on an airplane or train. “May I see your boarding pass, please?” Book (v.): to arrange travel plans. “He booked his vacation to Paris over the Internet.” Check in (v.): when you arrive at a hotel, get your room key and pay at the front desk. “Let’s check in immediately and then go to our room.” Click on the airplane to go back to the Travel Vocabulary slide.


Departure (n.): going away, leaving. “The train’s departure will be at 2:00 p.m.” Destination (n.): The location goal of the trip. “Our destination is Hawaii.” Excursion (n.): a short trip or vacation. “Jan took an excursion to see the volcanoes.” Ferry (n.): A boat that carries passengers and vehicles over a body of water. “Let’s take the ferry to the island.” Click on the airplane to go back to the Travel Vocabulary slide.


Hotel (n.): a place that provides lodging for travelers. “The beds in the hotel were hard.” Itinerary (n.): a travel plan. “The itinerary says we’ll go scuba diving tomorrow!” Jet Lag (n.): tiredness from travel and crossing time zones. “I always have jet lag when I travel from the east coast to the west coast.” Lodging (n.): rented sleeping arrangements. “The trip package provides food and lodging.” Click on the airplane to go back to the Travel Vocabulary slide.


Luggage (n.): a traveler’s belongings, such as a suitcase, briefcase, or bag. “Each passenger is allowed two pieces of luggage on this trip.” Motel (n.): a place of lodging, usually used by people who are traveling by car. “We drove until 9:00 p.m. and then stopped at the motel for the night.” Motor coach (n.): a large tour bus. “A motor coach will take us from the hotel to the beach.” Reservations (n.): an advance agreement with a business to use their facilities. “The family made reservations with the hotel to stay there for the first week in August.” Click on the airplane to go back to the Travel Vocabulary slide.


Sightseeing (n.): visiting places of interest. “Everyone enjoyed sightseeing along the Grand Canyon.” Subway (n.): an underground train system. “The group rode the subway from Central Park to the art museum.” Tour (n.): an organized sightseeing trip to a specific location. “Luis and Marta took a tour of the city with their class.” Traveler’s Checks (pl. n.): a substitute for cash, must be signed by the purchaser to be used. “People sometimes use traveler’s checks instead of cash while on vacation because if they are stolen they cannot be cashed.” Click on the airplane to go back to the Travel Vocabulary slide.


Introduction The United States of America is an amazing place. You can attend a rodeo, visit an amusement park, hike through the Grand Canyon, ski down a mountain, or just sit under a palm tree enjoying the tropical breeze. THIS is your opportunity to plan your perfect vacation. No money needed! Just click the mouse, and you’re there! If you could plan a trip to any location in the United States, where would you go? What would you do? Let’s begin planning!

The Task: 

The Task In this activity, you and your group members will plan a four day trip to any location in the United States.


You need to think about the interests of ALL group members, because you will be traveling together. You may not spend more than $2,000 per person.


Each member of your group will find information on air fare, hotel accommodations, and attractions and keep track of their expenses. Remember, you have limited funds!


When your trip planning is done, your group will create a short PowerPoint presentation about your trip and share it with the class. For an excellent tutorial on how to use Microsoft PowerPoint, click on the picture of the mouse! Be sure to include pictures!

Using PowerPoint: For ESL Students: 

Using PowerPoint: For ESL Students John Madden ESL Services Computer Lab Coordinator Click on the arrows to move to the next slide


Topics Starting PowerPoint Making slides Making handouts Presenting Remember Next steps

Starting PowerPoint: 

Starting PowerPoint New computers: Dock > PowerPoint Old computers: Icon on Desktop, or Apple menu > Applications > PowerPoint.

Making good slides: 

Making good slides Write short titles -- 1-3 words Body: Write thought groups Short sentences, clauses or phrases One thought group per line Three or four lines per slide

Making slides: 

Making slides Use blank presentation or...

Making slides: 

Making slides Use AutoContent Wizard: File menu> Project Gallery > AutoContent Wizard > General, Generic Presentation > Next…Next… >Finish A modified “classic” format: Tell ‘em, Tell ‘em, Tell ‘em

Making slides: 

Making slides Colors: Black background for a screen. Black and white to print Change color: Format menu > Slide Color Scheme View menu: Normal view; Slide view; View slide show.

Making slides: 

Making slides Type in the outline or slides Convert Word to PowerPoint: File menu > Send to > PowerPoint

Printing handouts: 

Printing handouts Use “File menu > Print” or “Apple P,” “Print” dialogue box: choose “Microsoft PowerPoint.” After “Print what:” choose “Handouts,” and the number of slides per page you want. Print.

New computers: Save as PDF: 

New computers: Save as PDF File menu > Print ( or Apple P) Choose: “Save as PDF” Name your file and Save.


Presenting View menu > Slide show or… Slide Show menu >View Show Use page up / page down keys or mouse Look at the audience.


Remember Use Help menu. Keep presentations simple! 3-4 phrases per slide Work on speaking, not slides! Fancy presentations may crash the computer.

Next Steps : 

Next Steps Make sure your slides work! Click on the arrow to go back to the Dream Vacation WebQuest.

The Process: 

The Process First, the group must decide on a destination. Remember that you are ALL traveling TOGETHER, so everyone must agree on the destination.  Next, visit the website link below and gather information on air fare, hotels and attractions: http://www.usa.worldweb.com/

http://www.usa.worldweb.com/ : 

http://www.usa.worldweb.com/ Click on “photos” on the top navigation bar. Spend some time browsing the photos of the different states in the list that appears. Of course, if you KNOW you’d like to visit the Grand Canyon, for example, simply type your destination choice into the “search” bar. From each state’s photo page, you can find hotel, flight and rental car information by clicking on the navigation bar across the top of the page.

What about transportation?: 

What about transportation? Depending on where your destination is, you may need to arrange for transportation from your present location to your destination. If you need to fly to your destination, find a flight at: http://www.expedia.com


http://www.expedia.com In the “Create Your Own Trip” dialogue box that is in the middle of the page, fill in the blanks for your destination and where you’ll be departing from, choose the dates, and then click “search for flights”. You can “book” a flight, flight + hotel, or flight + hotel + rental car from this page. Be sure to write down the price once you find a flight that suits your needs!

The Process: 

The Process Using the information you found on the websites, create a PowerPoint presentation about your destination. Here are the slides you should include:  Location (city or town and state)  Facts (some basic information about the location: climate, population, etc.)  Major Attractions (what you plan to do on your visit)  Budget (how much you spent on airfare, hotel, admission prices, etc.)  Conclusion (would you return? Why or why not?)

Don’t Forget the Pictures!: 

Don’t Forget the Pictures! Remember, PICTURES are what makes a presentation interesting! Find pictures of your location, hotel, etc. and insert them into your presentation so we can all experience your “vacation.” *For help inserting pictures, click on the flashbulb!




Conclusion CONGRATULATIONS! You’ve just returned from your virtual vacation, and I hope you’ve had a wonderful time! You have learned the basics of planning a vacation, as well as many vocabulary words that often are used when talking about a vacation or trip. When you need to plan a real vacation sometime, you’ll have all the skills necessary to plan a great vacation!

How to copy a photo from a webpage to your PowerPoint slideshow: : 

How to copy a photo from a webpage to your PowerPoint slideshow: Find the photo you’d like to insert. Right click on it (PC users) A menu will pop up. Left click on “Copy”. Go to your PowerPoint slide. Right click where you’d like the picture to be. A menu will pop up. Left click on “Paste”. The picture should appear on your slide. Click on the airplane to go back to the pictures slide.

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