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ORAL ENGLISH: Expressing Opinions:

Tourism - Discussion and Debate Lesson

This lesson focuses on the question of developing tourism as an industry in Xiangtan. Students need to develop concepts, discuss local economic problems and solutions to those problems, think about possible negative impacts and finally make a presentation.

Discussion, stating opinions, explaining, reasoning, agreeing and disagreeing, use of persuasive speech and presentation skills.

Students will be divided into two groups - one group are representatives of a tourism development company. The other group are representatives of the residents of your city and are in opposition to the plans for tourism. You have about twenty minutes to prepare for the discussion. Students should discuss the points mentioned and any other points they may come up with in their groups.

Xiangtan, The Next Tourist Paradise?

A tourism development company is planning to invest a large amount of money to turn your city into a major center for tourists. They have made plans to build a number of hotels and other tourist infrastructure in your city. As well as the hotels, they have also made plans to radically improve the nightlife in your city by opening a number of nightclubs and bars. They hope that by the year 2008 your town will be a major competitor within the tourist industry in your country.

Group 1

You are representatives of the tourism company. Your aim is to promote the plans of your company and to persuade us that tourism is the best solutions for your city. Points to consider:

  • Increase in jobs that will come with the increase in investment.

  • Money that the tourists will bring into the local economy.

  • Progress and development of your city, which will result in it becoming more important with not only your region, but also your country as well.

  • Better for the young people of your city as there will be much more investment in leisure industries.

Group 2
You are the representatives of the residents of your city and are in opposition to the plans. Your aim is to persuade us that this is a bad idea for your city. Points to consider:

  • Environmental issues - tourists = pollution

  • Troublemakers - many tourists have no respect for the places they visit and are only interested in getting drunk and causing trouble.

  • The rise in tourism will bring about radical changes and will result in the traditional way of life in your city being lost. Perhaps forever.

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