Izumi was absent last week as she was visiting Italy.
Her trip took in Roma and Firenze, visiting places such as the Vatican, the Colliseum, the Pantheon and the Uffizi Gallery.
Have you been to Italy? What was the most impressive place you saw?
Izumi asked which place(s) we would like to visit again, if we had the chance. How about you?
Here is a link to the Italian Tourism Authority website (in English).
Vocabulary: 'take in (places)' means to visit or see.
Other uses of 'take in' can be found at Oxford Dictionaries.
Grammar point: 'Izumi was absent last week as she was visiting Italy.'
Past continuous is used to say what was happening at a particular time point in the past (last week's regular lesson time).
More explanation can be found at The British Council website.
Practice: Look at photos of people on your phone and make sentences to say what they were doing at the time you took the picture. For example, 'she was smiling at the camera'.
Action: Why not write about a recent trip you made overseas
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