Every once in a while, we have to be out as an emergency or can't substitute our target language plans for a conference, testing situation, etc. This is one of the things I pull out for those times that I have kids throwing up an hour before school starts and I'm rushing to find something worthwhile to give a sub that will actually build real-life knowledge and skills, even without using the target language. I use this with French students, but it would work well with students who study any language in Western Europe.
This product goes along with three episodes (approximately 25 minutes each) of Rick Steves' popular show, posted freely on his YouTube page. They are available here:
European Travel Skills Part One:
European Travel Skills Part Two:
European Travel Skills Part Three:
*** Please note: there is a reference to the Red Light District and marijuana usage in Amsterdam. It is a very fleeting moment of approximately 30 seconds to a minute that I have personally edited out through downloading the videos and using editing software (it would not be an issue at my school, but I just don't want to deal with the class reaction to this moment), but that is something I cannot legally provide to you. You may want to preview and mark this moment in emergency sub plans to have them skip the moment if it is something that your school will have issues with. There are occasional references to alcohol in the videos, but for a public high school course, we expect these items as part of the cultural landscape of learning a language and use that opportunity to talk about responsible alcohol usage and cultural expectations surrounding alcohol stereotypes, cultural expectations, and misconceptions to dig deeper into the culture in a school-appropriate way.