Why You Need to Make Hiking Part of Your Life – ESL Lesson

Why You Need to Make Hiking Part of Your Life – ESL Lesson

Forget the hustle and bustle of your hectic life and get out and enjoy a nice, long hike.

Hiking is one of the most popular outdoor pastimes. What better way to see and experience nature and get some exercise?

When was the last time you took a hike alone or with friends or family?

This lesson will develop your English speaking skills and teach you what items you need to survive a long hike.

Part I: Let’s Chat about the Photo

Hiking for Fitness

1. Where are the people heading?

2. What are they wearing on their backs?

3. Do you think they’ll camp overnight?

4. How high up do you think they’ll hike?

5. Who isn’t using hiking poles and why?

Part II: Take the Survey and Talk About It

1. When was your last hiking experience?

Yesterday
Several days ago
Last weekend
Last month
Last year
More than a year ago

2. Where did you hike and what was the distance?

3. How far was it from your home?

30 minutes or less
1 hour
90 minutes
2 hours
Even longer

4. Who did you go with?

Alone
With friends
With family
With coworkers
With acquaintances
With strangers

5. What kinds of wildlife can you see when hiking?

Birds
Squirrels, mice, or varmints
Snakes
Bears
Deer
Mountain lions
Mountain goats
Chickens
Cows
Boars
Other animals
Nothing

6. How frequently do you hike?

Every day
Every week
Every month
Every 3-6 months
Every 6-12 months
Every 12+ months

7. What kinds of hikes do you enjoy? Please choose all that apply to you.

I like to stop frequently to enjoy the scenery, the view, the flora, & the fauna.
I enjoy walking at a comfortable pace with a short break every 30 minutes.
I prefer walking at a steady pace to cover a good distance before taking a water break.
I get impatient unless I can cover a distance as quickly as possible.
I like trails with gentle slopes.
I don’t mind some hills but prefer a varied terrain.
I enjoy trails that go steadily up to a mountain top and then it’s downhill all the way back.
I am physically fit and willing to take steep trails.

8. What other outdoor activities do you like to participate in? Please choose all that apply to you.

Cycling
Ice skating
Boating
Rock climbing
Fishing
Horseback riding
Skiing

9. What interesting or memorable encounters can you describe from a past hike?

10.Which mountain would you like to hike next and why?

Part III: Share Your Opinions

Hiking 2

Discussion Activity

You and your peers will leave tomorrow morning for a long hike.

Of the 10 items below, select 1 for the “most important” item down to 10 for the “least important” item that you should bring with you.

Try to reach consensus with your instructor and classmates through active discussion.

10 Items
  • Compass
  • Sunscreen
  • Water Bottle
  • Sunglasses
  • Bug spray
  • Alcohol
  • First Aid Kit
  • Hat
  • Snacks
  • Water

Did you enjoy this ESL Lesson?

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