Where Were You Last Summer?

General English, Speaking Lessons
A1 Beginner
Past Simple
Grammar, Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
45 minutes
Screenshot of a beginner's English lesson for adults discussing vacations and travel destinations, emphasizing the past forms o

Lesson Description

Let’s hit the beach! In this lesson, students will discuss vacations and different traveling destinations. This lesson features audio of a person describing the various places they went on vacation. Students will also learn and practice the past forms of the verb “to be” and vocabulary relating to this topic. This lesson includes plenty of engaging discussion activities and worksheets that have been developed for adult and teenage learners.

Lesson Objectives

  • To discuss vacations and traveling destinations.

  • To learn and practice the past forms of the verb “to be”.

  • To develop speaking and listening skills.

  • To learn and use new vocabulary relating to the topic.


Listen to the audio to hear about a fun summer vacation. A woman travels to Michigan, Barcelona, Maui, and to the countryside to visit her relatives. Traveling abroad for the first time can be an eye-opening experience that you will never forget!

Audio Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

college [noun]: a place where students, between 18 and 22 years old, are educated to get their first degree
cabin [noun]: a small, simple house made of wood, or a small room to sleep in on a ship
countryside [noun]: land that is not in towns or cities and has farms, fields, forests, etc.
campground [noun]: the area or place used for camping, usually with tents, cooking grills, water, and toilets
cruise [noun]: a tour on a ship in which people vacation and sail to different places
resort [noun]: a place where many people go to spend their vacation
nightlife [noun]: entertainment that happens at night at bars, theaters, restaurants, or clubs
spontaneous [adjective]: happening naturally and suddenly without a plan
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