The Reading / Listening - Tourism - Level 4

Being a tourist and sightseeing in old villages is great, but is it good for the locals? Villagers living in 'Old Holland' near Amsterdam are tired of visitors and tour guides disturbing their peace. They have worked with tour companies to make rules for tourists. These include not photographing people without asking, not going into their gardens and not dropping litter. Tourism is booming and the number of tourists will rise by 50% in the next decade.



Old Holland looks like the past. There are windmills and traditional wooden houses. A local resident said the village of Zaanse Schans is like an open-air museum. However, he said: "One resident…opened his curtains in the morning and looked into the camera lenses of nine photographers." He added: "Visitors seem happy to knock on the wooden houses to see if it is real wood….That is not pleasant." He said tour buses were the noisiest.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Tourism - Level 5 or  Tourism - Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2017/03/tourists-told-to-behave-in-old-holland-as-popularity-surges/
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-39281245
  • http://www.parool.nl/amsterdam/gedragsregels-moeten-overlast-in-old-holland-tegengaan~a4474122/


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. tired
  2. tour guides disturbing
  3. tour
  4. not photographing people
  5. dropping
  6. Tourism is
  7. the number of tourists will
  8. in the next
  1. litter
  2. of visitors
  3. decade
  4. their peace
  5. companies
  6. rise by 50%
  7. without asking
  8. booming

Paragraph 2

  1. Old Holland looks
  2. windmills and traditional
  3. A local
  4. like an open-
  5. One resident opened
  6. looked into the camera
  7. to see if it
  8. tour buses were the
  1. air museum
  2. lenses
  3. noisiest
  4. wooden houses
  5. is real wood
  6. resident
  7. his curtains
  8. like the past

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Being a tourist and sightseeing (1) ___________________ great, but is it good for the locals? Villagers living in 'Old Holland' near Amsterdam are tired (2) ___________________ tour guides disturbing their peace. They have (3) ___________________ companies to make rules for tourists. (4) ___________________ photographing people without asking, not going into their gardens and not (5) ___________________. Tourism is booming and the number of tourists will rise by 50% (6) ___________________.

Old Holland (7) ___________________. There are windmills and traditional wooden houses. A local resident said the village of Zaanse Schans is like (8) ___________________ museum. However, he said: "One resident…opened his (9) ___________________ morning and looked into (10) ___________________ nine photographers." He added: "Visitors seem happy (11) ___________________ wooden houses to see if it is real wood…. (12) ___________________." He said tour buses were the noisiest.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Beingatouristandsightseeinginoldvillagesisgreat,butisitgoodforthel
ocals?Villagerslivingin'OldHolland'nearAmsterdamaretiredofvisitor
sandtourguidesdisturbingtheirpeace.Theyhaveworkedwithtourcom
paniestomakerulesfortourists.Theseincludenotphotographingpeopl
ewithoutasking,notgoingintotheirgardensandnotdroppinglitter.Tou
rismisboomingandthenumberoftouristswillriseby50%inthenextdec
ade.OldHollandlookslikethepast.Therearewindmillsandtraditionalw
oodenhouses.AlocalresidentsaidthevillageofZaanseSchansislikeano
pen-airmuseum.However,hesaid:"Oneresident…openedhiscurtai
nsinthemorningandlookedintothecameralensesofninephotographer
s."Headded:"Visitorsseemhappytoknockonthewoodenhousestoseei
fitisrealwood….Thatisnotpleasant."Hesaidtourbuseswerethenoisies
t.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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