The Reading / Listening - Tourism - Level 5

Being a tourist and wandering around the sites of old villages is great, but is it such a thrill for the locals? Villagers living in the area of 'Old Holland' near Amsterdam have had enough of visitors and tour guides with megaphones disturbing their peace. They have teamed up with tour companies to create rules of conduct for tourists. These include not photographing residents without asking, not going into their gardens and not dropping litter. The rules are an attempt to deal with the growing popularity of the area. Tourism is booming and will rise by 50 per cent in the next decade.



Old Holland is idyllic and matches our image of Holland from a past age. There are many windmills and locals live in traditional wooden houses. A local resident told Holland's Het Parool newspaper that the village of Zaanse Schans is like an open-air museum. He said: "One resident…opened his curtains in the morning and looked into the camera lenses of nine amateur photographers." He added: "The visitors seem happy to knock on the wooden houses to see if it is real wood. If you are the resident of that house, that is not pleasant." Tour buses were the biggest nuisance.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Tourism - Level 4 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. tour guides with
  2. disturbing their
  3. create rules of conduct
  4. not dropping
  5. deal with the growing
  6. Tourism is
  7. rise
  8. in the next
  1. by 50 per cent
  2. for tourists
  3. megaphones
  4. decade
  5. litter
  6. peace
  7. booming
  8. popularity

Paragraph 2

  1. Holland from a past
  2. locals live in traditional
  3. like an open-
  4. camera
  5. amateur
  6. knock on the wooden houses to see
  7. that is not
  8. Tour buses were the biggest
  1. if it is real wood
  2. air museum
  3. nuisance
  4. age
  5. pleasant
  6. wooden houses
  7. photographers
  8. lenses

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Being a tourist (1) ___________________ the sites of old villages is great, but is it such a thrill for the locals? Villagers (2) ___________________ of 'Old Holland' near Amsterdam have had enough of visitors and tour guides with megaphones disturbing their peace. They (3) ___________________ with tour companies to create (4) ___________________ for tourists. These include not photographing residents without asking, not going into their gardens and not dropping litter. The (5) ___________________ to deal with the growing popularity of the area. Tourism is booming and will rise by 50 per cent (6) ___________________.

Old Holland (7) ___________________ matches our image of Holland from a past age. There are many windmills (8) ___________________ traditional wooden houses. A local resident told Holland's Het Parool newspaper that the village of Zaanse Schans is (9) ___________________ museum. He said: "One resident…opened (10) ___________________ the morning and looked into the camera lenses of nine amateur photographers." He added: "The visitors seem happy (11) ___________________ wooden houses to see if it is real wood. If you are (12) ___________________ that house, that is not pleasant." Tour buses were the biggest nuisance.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Beingatouristandwanderingaroundthesitesofoldvillagesisgreat,buti
sitsuchathrillforthelocals?Villagerslivingintheareaof'OldHolland'nea
rAmsterdamhavehadenoughofvisitorsandtourguideswithmegaphon
esdisturbingtheirpeace.Theyhaveteamedupwithtourcompaniestocr
eaterulesofconductfortourists.Theseincludenotphotographingresid
entswithoutasking,notgoingintotheirgardensandnotdroppinglitter.T
herulesareanattempttodealwiththegrowingpopularityofthearea.Tou
rismisboomingandwillriseby50percentinthenextdecade.OldHollandi
sidyllicandmatchesourimageofHollandfromapastage.Thereareman
ywindmillsandlocalsliveintraditionalwoodenhouses.Alocalresidentt
oldHolland'sHetParoolnewspaperthatthevillageofZaanseSchansislik
eanopen-airmuseum.Hesaid:"Oneresident…openedhiscurtainsint
hemorningandlookedintothecameralensesofnineamateurphotograp
hers."Headded:"Thevisitorsseemhappytoknockonthewoodenhouse
stoseeifitisrealwood.Ifyouaretheresidentofthathouse,thatisnotplea
sant."Tourbuseswerethebiggestnuisance.

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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