It’s the cheesiest time of the year!

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Christmas speaking activities


The main objectives of this lesson with a focus on Christmas speaking activities are to:

  • discuss what is cheesy during the Christmas season;
  • collaborate and develop ideas for a Christmas film plot.

Students engage in an unusual discussion on Christmas cheesiness and clichés. They rate some holiday activities, brainstorm Christmas movie ideas based on some provided comments, and then watch a parody trailer. Additionally, students have the opportunity to create a plot for a Christmas film.

B2 / Upper Intermediate
C1 / Advanced
45 min
60 min
Speaking ClassUnlimited Plan

This is a Speaking Class worksheet. It includes a variety of tasks that let your students practise their speaking skills. This lesson format does not focus on grammar or vocabulary. Learn more about it here.


This lesson with a focus on Christmas speaking activities starts with a warm-up in which students understand the meaning of ‘cheesy’ and complete a statement about Christmas in the cheesiest way possible. Following that, they discuss things associated with Christmas that are considered cheesy and talk about their personal experiences. They rate some Christmas activities (e.g. putting up decorations and wearing an ugly Xmas sweater, sending Christmas cards with family photos) from the most to the least cheesy and explain their ratings. 


This lesson is full of Christmas speaking activities but instead of talking about food and celebrations students focus on other aspects such as Christmas films. First, students think of some Christmas movies that they usually watch with the help of provided comments. Then they watch a parody trailer for a typical Christmas film. But before they do that, they brainstorm three things that such a trailer might feature. After watching the video, they continue their discussion by finishing some movie-related statements and commenting on them.


In the last part of this Christmas lesson, students engage in more creative tasks. They start by collaborating to create a plot for a Christmas film, using information provided by the teacher (a character, a setting and an incident). The prompts for this task are diverse and surprising so students might come up with ridiculous and funny stories. Finally, students discuss and share their choices for three movies they would select for a Christmas marathon with friends and family.




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  1. Ксения Громова

    A very entertaining lesson! Thank you! 🙂

    1. Olia

      Thanks, I’m glad you like it 🙂

  2. insegnanteCrema

    This is an excellent lesson. Just taught it to two classes today and it went down extremely well with both! Very well done!!!!

    1. Olia

      Thank you for your comment! It’s great to hear your students enjoyed it 🙂


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