New York City Travel Guide

Author of the Lesson   Theresa I September 21, 2022
General English, Speaking Lessons
B1 Intermediate
Grammar, Speaking, Vocabulary
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
45 minutes
Students examining a colorful poster of New York City landmarks and discussing key cultural and historical points during an Eng

Lesson Overview

Have you traveled to the Big Apple? In this lesson, students will discuss travel and their favorite cities. This lesson features a video that provides a guide to the famous New York City. Students will learn and practice adjectives, the use of “so” and “such”, 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: Students will learn to use adjectives and the expressions "so" and "such" to effectively describe cities and travel experiences. They will practice enhancing their descriptions with these terms to convey intensity and emotion.

  • Listening: As they listen to a travel guide video, students will identify key details about New York City's landmarks, culture, and history, which will enhance their understanding of the city.

  • Speaking: Learners will share their own travel experiences and discuss their impressions of New York City. They will use the targeted grammatical structures to make their descriptions vivid and engaging.

  • Vocabulary: Vocabulary related to travel and city features will be expanded. Terms such as "landmarks," "urban," "cosmopolitan," "melting pot," and descriptive adjectives like "bustling," "massive," and "iconic" will be practiced.

  • Cultural Awareness: The lesson will explore the cultural significance of New York City’s attractions and history, discussing how it reflects the diversity of the American experience.

  • Homework: Students will write a short guide to their favorite city using the adjectives and expressions learned in class. They will describe why the city is special to them and use "so" and "such" to enhance their descriptions.


Watch the video about one of the most famous cities in the world. New York City is sitting at the top of many travelers’ bucket lists and is always ready to impress. You can not only visit attractions like the Empire State Building and Times Square, but you can also experience the culture and influence of people from all over the world.

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

skyscraper [noun]: a very tall modern building
civic [adjective]: relating to a city or a citizen
melting pot [noun]: a metaphor for a place where many different cultures blend together as one
shopping spree [noun]: a short period of time in which someone buys a lot of things
endearing [adjective]: causing feelings of affection or admiration
dizzying [adjective]: making you feel confused or amazed
newcomer [noun]: a person who has recently arrived in a place
borough [noun]: a town or district which is an administrative unit (e.g., New York has five boroughs.)
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