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Christmas lesson plan

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LESSON OVERVIEW

Thanks to this Christmas lesson plan, students discuss Christmas preparations, watch some tear-jerking commercials and write their own Christmas wishes.

B1 / Intermediate45 minStandard LessonPrintable & Digital$6 Plan

DISCUSSION & CHRISTMAS ADS

First, students discuss a few questions about Christmas, their preparations and celebrations. Next, they move to another exercise and watch Christmas ads. Each of them watch one advert. While watching, they should take notes because then they’ll summarize the ad to their partner and explain how the people shown were preparing for Christmas. After this exercise, students talk about other cool Christmas commercials they’ve seen, the Christmas spirit as well as whether they write wishes or text messages during this time of the year. This question should serve as a lead-in to the remaining tasks.

WRITING CHRISTMAS WISHES

The next task is a word formation exercise. Students read some Christmas wishes and decide which part of speech (noun, adjective, adverb, etc.) is missing in each gap. Then, they complete them with the correct form of the words in brackets. To practise a bit the expressions and phrases, they get a Christmas card and need to find and fix four mistakes in it. Finally, in the production stage of this lesson plan, students have to write Christmas wishes to a friend, family member, or co-worker. They need to choose the appropriate beginning and closing from the list given. Remind them to come up with their own Christmas wishes and don’t copy word by word the ones from the previous exercises.

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  1. I love all the materials, this one was amazing! My students felt really emotive with the ad of the grandpa learning English to talk to his granddaughter.
    Do you guys have plans to launch a structured course or something like that? I would definitely buy it.
    Also, do you have plans to extend to A1 and C2 levels?

    Thank you so much for this amazing job. I’m very proud to purchase it.

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    1. Thanks Gabriel for your comment and your support! Great to hear that you loved this lesson. BTW, the Allegro (Grandpa) ad is from Poland from a few years back – gets me emotional even after watching it for the 100th of time. To answer your questions: we haven’t thought about creating a whole course and at this point we don’t feel there’s a need for that. Now, in terms of levels, that’s more likely to happen, especially for lower levels. If you look for C2 lessons, you might just check some of our C1 lessons as I believe they’ll be interesting and challenging for C2 learners as well.

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  2. In slide 14 – what is the mistake with “may” about? 😀

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    1. Ha ha, that’s a good one 😄😄

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  3. What a pity, the quality of the materials is incredible. I was dreaming of a full coursebook or something like that hahahaha. But that’s ok. Are you guys preparing a lesson about New Year’s Resolutions as well? Thanks!

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    1. New Year’s resolutions? We have an idea for such a lesson especially considering how 2020 ruined everyone’s resolutions 🙂 I bet people are going to have different ones for next year. FYI we might not follow through with that lesson in time so don’t wait for us.

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  4. thank you but I won’t be able to share with my students due to the one slide with *****ing profanity. I wish I could. District won’t permit.

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    1. You mean that one word in the Allegro Christmas ad? Probably not the best for teenagers/school use, even though it’s a quote from a movie, the Taxi Driver. Worry not, the Internet has a solution for that called NoFanity. It’s a tool for beeping profanities from Youtube videos. Seriously, I just discovered there’s a thing for that. Can’t wait to test it out 🙂

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  5. Thank you so much for this lesson plan. All my private Ss enjoyed it a lot!!!

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    1. Great! Thanks for your comment!

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  6. Thank you so much for this lesson plan. All my private Ss enjoyed it a lot!!!

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    1. Great! Thanks for your comment!

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  7. All the materials are really amazing, apart from this one. It would be better to talk about Christmas traditions and Christmas vocabulary etc in the next Christmas worksheet. It’s, unfortunately, culturally appropriate only for Catholic countries which I find a bit unfair. I can’t use it. The thing is that I rely strongly on your worksheets, guys. They reduce preparation time to minimum. However, in this case, I will have to prepare all the materials by myself. We don’t celebrate Catholic Christmas in my country…So it’s absolutely out of touch with our reality. I think, you might probably be teaching a lot of Latin Americans or Central Europeans that’s why you don’t take the whole world prospect into consideration. Hope, next Christmas worksheet is going to be more appropriate for international environment. Thanks for all other worksheets, anyway! They are absolutely amazing!

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    1. Hi! Sorry to hear that this worksheet is not what you expected. We didn’t want to do a standard Christmas traditions worksheet. You know, the one about Christmas pudding and singing carols – there’s plenty of stuff like that out there so doing it again is pointless. Instead we focused here on some Christmassy ads and talking about this time of the year rather than any particular religious events. Next year, we might come up with a lesson about how the ‘holiday season’ is celebrated around the world and not just in the West. Think Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Orthodox Christmas. I don’t know where you are from and how you celebrate this time of the year, but would love to hear more about it 🙂 (you can email me at stan@eslbrains.com)

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