A Christmas tree with a twist

December is here again and it´s time to create some new Christmas activities for our students to enjoy! I hope you will find the following idea as useful and fun to teach as I have!

Levels: B1/B2

Aimed at: Young learners/young adults/adults

Aims: To encourage reading, speaking and writing in the context of Christmas/ Revision of basic tenses

Time: +/- 60 minutes

Materials: 1 sheet of A4 paper for each student/coloured pens/pencils/Blu- tack

Handout 1: Christmas Conversation Questions:

ConversationquestionsChristmas

Adapted from:

http://iteslj.org/questions/christmas.html

Procedure:

  1. Distribute one A4 paper to each student. Draw the following part of a Christmas tree on the board with your name in the middle:

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Have your students do the same.

Add some branches to the Christmas tree on the board:

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Have your students do the same.

+/- 10 min

2. Distribute the  ConversationquestionsChristmas Handout to each student.

Have students choose some of the questions from the handout and use the answers to “decorate” their Christmas trees. Explain that their answers don´t necessarily need to be true and encourage the group to use humour. At the end of this activity everyone in the class should have something similar to this:

CHRISTMASTREE

+/- 20 min

  1. Collect the A4 papers from the students and place them around the room (use Blu-Tack to stick them to walls/board/door/windows etc.) Ask the students to walk around the room and read about their classmates´ Christmas. Explain that the objective here is to try to remember as many interesting details as they can.

+/-10 minutes

  1. Have students work in groups (3 to 5) and tell one another what they have learned about their classmates. Encourage them to ask some additional questions!

Have a brief class feedback.

+/- 15 minutes

  1. Have their wonderful Christmas trees displayed on a classroom wall!

What are your favourite Christmas activities? I would love to hear from you!

Happy creating!

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