Hotel Secrets

Theresa Dash - author of the lesson   Theresa I February 04, 2021
General English, Speaking Lessons
B1 Intermediate
Past Simple, Present Simple
Grammar, Speaking
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
45 minutes
Hotel Secrets | English Lesson for Adults

Lesson Overview

Do you know what happens at hotels behind closed doors? In this lesson, students will learn about common hotel problems. This lesson features a video that discusses hotels and the secrets they may have. Students will learn and practice the simple past tense, the present perfect tense, and vocabulary relating to this topic. The lesson includes plenty of engaging discussion activities and worksheets that have been developed for adults and teenagers.

Lesson Objectives

  • Grammar: The focus will be on the simple past tense and the present perfect tense. Students will learn to distinguish between these two tenses and apply them correctly in various contexts. They will practice forming sentences that narrate past events and describe actions that have an impact on the present, thereby improving their grasp of English grammar nuances.

  • Listening: By engaging with a video that uncovers hotel secrets, students will enhance their listening skills. This will challenge them to comprehend spoken English in a real-world scenario, focusing on the nuances of language used in discussing hotel operations, guest complaints, and insider tips.

  • Speaking: Students will participate in discussions that simulate real-life hotel situations, such as lodging complaints, asking for upgrades, and negotiating services. These activities are designed to boost their confidence in speaking English and enable them to articulate their thoughts and negotiate effectively in a hospitality context.

  • Vocabulary: Throughout the lesson, students will be introduced to and encouraged to use new vocabulary related to the hospitality industry, common hotel problems, and the tactics employed by guests and staff. Terms and phrases such as "downgraded room," "comped room," and "occupancy rate" will be explored, expanding their lexical range and enabling them to communicate more precisely about hotel-related topics.

  • Homework: To reinforce the lesson's objectives, students will be assigned homework that includes a variety of tasks such as filling in blanks with correct prepositions, identifying incorrect answers based on video content, constructing sentences using the correct form of verbs in the past simple and present perfect tenses, and correcting or validating sentences related to hotel experiences. These exercises aim to solidify their understanding and application of the lesson's grammatical focus, enhance vocabulary retention, and improve comprehension skills, ensuring they can apply what they have learned in practical, everyday situations.


Have you ever wondered about secrets that hotels may have? This video shows hotel employees answering many curious questions that they would not normally answer while working for a hotel. How do you get an upgraded room or something for free? Don’t lie about rats. Be cool!

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

vending machine [noun]: a machine for selling small things such as food, drinks, or candy
staff [noun]: employees
stuff [noun]: things
make up [phrasal verb]: invent a story
nefarious [adjective]: evil or extremely bad
come up with [phrasal verb]: to create or produce an idea
rude [adjective]: impolite, having bad manners
downgrade [adjective]: relating to something of lower quality
kick someone out [phrasal verb]: force someone to leave a place
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