It’s always fun to build an activity around happy memories. When describing a past experience, students decide how much they’re comfortable sharing, but any amount of sharing helps brings down barriers and creates a stronger sense of community. Furthermore, the content is familiar, and this facilitates self-expression in the target language.
The following activity is outlined with intermediate and advanced students in mind, but it could be modified for lower level students, as long as they have the simple past tense. Once you understand the basic approach, the activity can be recycled many times to cover different topics and to target different kinds of listening tasks: listening for details, listening to make inferences, listening to understand the sequence of events, etc. I call it a 3-step activity because it involves specific speaking, listening, and writing tasks.
Click here to view and print out my 3-step Trip Down Memory Lane_handout. Enjoy!