🏨French Level 2, Activity 10: À l’hotel / Hotels (Online)

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Description: In this activity, students are going to practice navigating hostelworld.com. They will find a hostel they like and identify different features of it. Students will learn to discuss preferences while traveling. Students will also learn more about using hostels while traveling abroad.
Semantic Topics: hotel, hostel, reservation, travel, l’hôtel, auberge de jeunesse, voyage, website, site web, structure of preferences, la structure des préférences

Products: Hostels

Practices: It’s very common in Europe (and by extension, France and Switzerland) to rent a hostel instead of a hotel room for a night, especially when traveling on a budget.

Perspectives: Hostels are seen as an easy way to engage in extended periods of traveling without breaking the bank! Generally, they are associated with the youth.

NCSSFL-ACTFL World-Readiness Standards:

  • Standard 1.1: Students engage in conversations or correspondence in French to provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.
  • Standard 1.2: Students understand and interpret spoken and written French on a variety of topics.
  • Standard 1.3: Students present information, concepts, and ideas in French to an audience of listeners or readers.

Idaho State Content Standards:

  • COMM 2.1: Understand, interpret, and analyze what is heard, read, or viewed on a variety of topics.
  • COMM 3: Utilize appropriate media to present an idea to an audience.
  • CLTR 1: Investigate, explain and reflect on the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the cultures studied in the target language.

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can navigate a French website.
  • I can book an online reservation.
  • I can discuss my lodging preferences.

Materials Needed:


1. Begin by introducing the Can-Dos for today’s activity.


2. After, review some vocabulary from the unit. Here are some examples of useful words to know related to hotels/hostels.

Aujourd’hui nous allons parler des logements et trouver une auberge de jeunesse que nous aimons bien. Premièrement, nous allons réviser quelques mots de vocabulaire. (Today, we are going to talk about lodging and finding hostels that you will enjoy. Firstly, we are going to go over some vocabulary words.)
  • balcon ; lit ; auberge de jeunesse
    réception ; terrasse ; climatisation
    disponible ; service de chambre
    service de ménage ; coffre-fort
    hébergement ; fer à repasser
    piscine ; parking ; non-fumeur

*Note: If they do not know, try to act out or describe it as best as you can in French.

Main Activity

1. Have students go to hostelworld.com. Make sure they change the language to French by clicking the flag in the top right hand corner.

Allez sur le site web hostelworld.com. Changez la langue au français en cliquant sur le drapeau dans le coin supérieur droit de la page. 


2. Give students the option to choose from the list of cities on the presentation. Tell them they are going to find a hostel that they like.

Choisissez une des ces villes. Vous allez trouver une auberge de jeunesse que vous pensez géniale.


3. They are going to identify the name of the hostel, where it is located, the price for a night, how many floors there are (if this is not available in pictures, they can make it up) how many beds are in the room they selected, and the amenities.

Identifiez le nom de l’auberge de jeunesse, sa localisation (la ville et pays), le prix par nuit, le nombre d’étages (si vous ne pouvez pas les trouver sur une photo, imaginez), le nombre de lits dans la chambre que vous avez choisie, et les commodités/les services. 


Ask the following question(s) to finish the activity:

  • Est-ce que tu préfères les grandes ou les petites chambres ? (Do you prefer big or small rooms?)
  • Tu aimes les chambres au rez-de-chaussée ou en haut à  l’étage ? (Do you like rooms on the ground floor or on a high floor?)
  • Préfères-tu loger avec tes “covoyageurs” ou seul(e)? (Do you prefer to stay with your “co-travelers” or alone?)
  • Qu’est-ce que tu aimes le plus : les hôtels, les auberges de jeunesse, ou les Airbnb ? (What do you like most: hotels, hostels, or Airbnb?)

End of Activity:

  • Can-Do statement check-in… “Where are we?”
  • Read can-do statements and have students evaluate their confidence.
  • Encourage students to be honest in their self evaluation
  • Pay attention, and try to use feedback for future activities!

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can navigate a French website.
  • I can book an online reservation.
  • I can discuss my lodging preferences.

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