Intro|Intermediate|Practice lessons for teachers Starter
Read about Benidorm and answer the questions
Benidorm in the 1950s
One man’s dream
In the 1950s Benidorm in south-east Spain was a small fishing village. But the mayor of Benidorm, Pedro Zaragoza, had a dream. He wanted Benidorm to be a big tourist town. He started to build hotels. In the 1950s in Spain women couldn’t wear a bikini on the beach. Mayor Zaragoza changed the bikini rule in Benidorm. In 1959 the first tourists from Northern Europe started to arrive…
Answer the questions
1. Was Benidorm big or small in the 1950s?
2. Who was Pedro Zaragoza?
Listen to a journalist talking to a local historian. Complete the information about Benidorm
Look at the sentences in Benidorm today and Benidorm in the 1950s.
What is the past of there is and there are, and there isn’t and there aren’t?
|Benidorm today||Benidorm in the 1950s|
|There are 65,000 people living in Benidorm.||There were only 3,000.|
|There are four million tourists a year.||There were 300.|
|There’s an airport 50 km from Benidorm.||There wasn’t one.|
Listen and repeat the examples. Then read the rules
Write the sentences in the past
Roleplay a conversation about a holiday. Answer your teacher’s questions
You went on holiday and you stayed at the Sea View Hotel. You had a very good time.
Read the information about the hotel.
Sea View Hotel ***€50 a night
swimming pool ✓ (and a children’s pool)
restaurants ✓ (two, very good)
a spa ✓(fantastic)
a gym X
beach ✓ (very beautiful)
Did you have a good time?
Was there a…?
Your teacher went on holiday last week too. Ask your teacher the questions
- … you have a good time?
- Where … you stay?
- … there a swimming pool?
- … there a good restaurant?
- … there a spa?
- … there a gym?
- … there a nice beach?
- … it expensive?
- One man’s dream
- There was/there were
- Good or bad holiday?