You have asked for some input into ideas about excursions and how these can
be incorporated into the lessons. I find the excursions very useful and
enjoyable of course. Where time permits, I take my students to London to
meet my children who all live there. The students get a insight into life in
London, have a bit of interaction with a younger generation and we usually
do a bit of sightseeing too. For the lesson the following day, I will have
the student tell me their impression of their visit and as a ‘homework’
exercise, have them write a report on it. This, they will then read aloud to
me the next day and we will discuss any problems.
The students always accompany me to the shops, I find this an opportunity to
practice useful, everyday language and find any particular things they may
like to eat. We always have a trip to Colchester town and wander around the
shops, this has always proved to be a very popular trip, even with teenage
boys. All these experiences are incorporated into the lessons the following
day, offering a fresh perspective and new language to the class.