Holidays (Vacations)

ESL discussion questions about holidays.

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  1. Where did you go on holiday last year?
  2. Do you prefer visiting cities or the countryside?
  3. Should a holiday be expensive?
  4. Is it better to go on holiday abroad or stay in your own country?
  5. Should you try and learn the local language of the country you visit?
  6. Are tourists ruining the environment?
  7. What is the best way to travel? By plane, train, bus or car?
  8. How many holidays per year should a person take?
  9. What is your best holiday experience?
  10. What is your worst holiday experience?
  11. Is it important to try the local cuisine?
  12. Would you rather stay in a 5-star hotel or on a campsite?
  13. Are holiday romances a good idea?
  14. Have you ever been on holiday to the other side of the world?
  15. What is the perfect holiday weather?
  16. How much luggage do you usually take with you?
  17. What sort of souvenirs do you like to buy?
  18. How do you like to spend the day when you’re on holiday?
  19. Why do we go on holiday?
  20. How do you feel when you come home after a holiday?
  21. Is it best to travel with friends, family or go solo?
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How to use the holidays ESL discussion questions

It is recommended that you download the holidays ESL discussion questions in PDF format using one of the links above. The best way to encourage classroom interaction is to download and print the holidays discussion questions in the 'pairs' or 'threes' PDF format and then divide the questions by cutting along the dotted lines. This allows students to take turns asking and answering the holidays discussion questions in groups of two or three. Alternatively, you could use the 'cards' format to distribute the questions to any number of students to ask and share.

It is advisable to prepare students for using these discussion questions by first introducing them to the topic of holidays in an interesting and engaging way. An anecdote, quiz question or a related image or video could all be used to achieve this. Depending on the level, it may also be necessary to pre-teach any challenging vocabulary related to holidays contained in the discussion questions.

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