1 Give everyone a blank grid. Ask them to imagine theyre booking a room in a Spanish hotel for one night (with or without family/friends) and to tick boxes in the grid showing the accommodation they need type of room, bath or shower, and which day they want it for.
2 Learners, working in pairs, create a hotel reception role play, taking turns to be the receptionist. They play the roles suggested by their grid, i.e. the visitor assumes s/he has booked whatever is on his/her grid whereas the receptionist assumes that the information on his/her own grid (the registration book) is the correct booking.
3 The visitor starts with a greeting and Tengo una habitación reservada. and the conversation continues with single questions and answers along the following lines. Encourage learners to use ¿verdad?
4 Learners then change roles. It's a good idea to try this at least one more time with different partners.
1 The aim is for everyone to enter under the correct month on their calendar the names of all the others together with the precise dates on which they want to book rooms. They will need to ask peoples names and how to spell them.
2 Give everyone a calendar and a name card and ask them to circulate telling each other the date/s they need a room as if they were making a phone call and to give and spell their names when asked. The conversation starts with Quisiera reservar una habitación. and continues with questions and answers along the following lines:
B ¿Para cuándo?
Remind them to say thank you, to ask for repetition, etc. in Spanish.
3 At the end of the activity, you can consolidate by putting a blank calendar on the OHP and asking questions to fill it in, e.g. ¿Hay una reservación en abril? ¿A nombre de quién? ¿Cómo se escribe? Check it against your list for accuracy.
The completed calendars can be used for portfolio evidence.
1 In groups of four or five, one person starts by saying quisiera reservar una/dos habitación/es then the others in the group in turn repeat this and add information to it.
2 The last person then starts another round which has to be different in all details. There is a surprising number of combinations which can be made from the language taught in the unit.
3 To consolidate, you could ask everyone to write out a complete sentence with details of a real or fantasy booking.
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