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Part 1 – sample questions

Part 2 – sample task card

Describe a holiday you would like to go on.

You should say:

  • what place you would like to go to
  • how you would like to get there
  • what you would like to do while you were there

and explain why you would like to go on this holiday.

Part 3 – sample questions

  1. Which places in your country do visitors enjoy visiting most?
  2. What are some of the benefits of going away on holiday?
  3. Have there been any recent changes in the types of holiday that are popular in your country?
  4. What kinds of benefits might a significant increase in tourist numbers bring to a location?
  5. What are some of the negative effects of a dramatic increase in tourism?
  6. What developments affecting international travel might there be in the future?

Useful Vocabulary

Personal benefits of going on holiday

Commercial benefits of tourism

Negative aspects of going on holiday

Disadvantages for local community

Useful linkers for adding more ideas

Sample Answer

What are some of the benefits of going away on holiday?

There are many benefits of going on holiday. Besides giving you a chance to unwind and relax, it also allows you to spend some quality time with your family, not only in a different environment but more importantly, away from the routine pressures of work and daily life. In addition to this, it also gives you the opportunity to broaden your horizons by visiting new places and experiencing a different way of life.

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