LEVEL 3 DISCUSSION TOPICS - TOURISM
You often ask me how to prepare to the discussion (task 2, part A). The difficulty in this case lies in finding ad hoc good and interesting arguments for a given topic. The number of topics seems overwhelming, but in fact the list has been published and it includes:
everyday life in the military
health and fitness
customs and traditions
food and eating habits
city versus country
rich versus poor
work and employment
terrorism and global security
family and family life
means of transport
So, how to prepare?
Apart from practising speaking, of course, it is a good idea to prepare lists of ideas for different topics. Let us take an example.
1. tourism reduces unemployment
➡by creating new workplaces connected with services, such as hotels, restaurants
➡by the need to improve/develop transport infrastructure and services
2. increased income
➡income of local service providers increases
➡local agriculture, retail shops benefit
➡local companies pay taxes to the state budget
3. infrastructure development
➡roads, hotels, airports, hospitals, sports facilities
➡tourists and local people learn about each other’s cultures
➡increased awareness of similarities and differences of different customs, traditions, religion, etc
➡local community can be proud and more aware of its culture
➡tourism helps to preserve the local heritage
➡general knowledge is increased (of both tourists and local people)
➡possibility of using local or foreign languages in real context
➡better communication between different nations and community
1. conservation of the environment
➡protection of wildlife and natural resources, e.g. natural forests as they are tourist attractions
➡financing local preserves, wildlife parks, museums, etc from entrance fees and donations
➡promotes eco-friendly entertainment and ways of spending free time
➡promotes contact with unspoilt nature – encouraging its preservation
➡promotes waste sorting and economising on water, energy, etc
Or, it can be done in the form of a sketchnote, which combines text with visualisation of the idea, which is reported to increase the ability to remember by even 80%.
Below you can see my first sketchnote ever in which I tried to present the ideas described above.
Let me know what you think about this form of visualisation.