It’s time to dust off the old Christmas worksheets and pull out the tatty decorations. I’ve rounded up some of the best stuff on the web in terms of worksheets, shows, interactive games and song
The English Language Space Station has some good lessons on Christmas http://www.englishlanguagespacestation.com/ESOL.htm#Festivals and Celebrations in the UK
There are some really good Christmas worksheets from bogglesworld.com http://bogglesworldesl.com/christmas_worksheets.htm
Jackie Lawson has some really great, free Christmas shows which I have been sending and showing to my students for years and years, they’re brilliant. http://www.jacquielawson.com/cards_christmas.asp
Some great shows are also avaliable from Katie’s Cards http://www.katiescards.com/ecard-category-christmas-7763.aspx?gclid=CM_0_MGP2qUCFccKfAodLXjTkg
Some great Christmas games here http://flashghetto.com/christmas
Watch as Father Christmas tells you what you will get for Christmas http://www.portablenorthpole.tv/home
Very funny dancing elf videos, you can upload your photo and watch yourself boogie at Elf Yourself http://elfyourself.jibjab.com/
If you live in the UK or the USA, the end of October means more little kids dressed as skeletons knocking on your door and screaming ‘trick or treat’ before you dish out the sweets.
Here’s an old favourite that I’ve used on Hallowe’en for many years. If you don’t want to make the first worksheet too easy, then cut off the bottom section so they don’t have the names of the halloween creatures to help them. It’s worth remembering that these monsters play a very big part in UK and US culture, so this might be a really good lesson for higher level students, especially when they have to discuss what the various monsters do.
Chatting about superstitions in the second worksheets is also very interesting and whilst some are the same the world over, others are very strange.
Here’s the lesson https://chrisspeck.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/halloween.doc
There’s another lesson on Vampires here:
and a lesson on Zombies here:
and if you like superheroes, there’s a lesson on them here:
Need some quick IELTS reading practice linked to Christmas? Click below for an IELTS reading test about buying gifts
If you liked this then why not check out Richard L King’s excellent IELTS books that focuses on reading – thanks for the materials Rich!
If you liked this, there’s more in Richard L King’s Teach yourself IELTS Reading, and Teach yourself IELTS writing
Can be bothered to read the short post? – download the Royal Wedding PPT here. (can you find the puctuation error?)
It’s the most important wedding since the last important wedding but, like it or loathe it Prince William’s marriage to Kate is big news and it might be a good subject to get your students chatting.
Here’s my own royal wedding powerpoint that I’ve been using with my students. Click here to download the powerpoint.
Royal wedding lessons on the net
Breaking News English has a good Royal Wedding lesson here http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/1102/110218-royal_wedding.html
The TES has a few Royal Wedding lessons but you have to be a member http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Royal-Wedding-Procession-Route-6073740/
Some great material for the Royal Wedding here at Michelle Henry http://www.michellehenry.fr/williamkate.htm
Really good lesson plans and a PowerPoint show from Guardian Teaching Resources, discussing, among many things constitutional changes. You must be a member to view these. http://teachers.guardian.co.uk/resources.aspx?q=The%20Royal%20Wedding
Here’s the second edition of my complete lessons using only PowerPoint slides. Can’t be bothered to read the post? Get the lesson here
I think this lesson on relationships fits in really nicely with Valentine’s Day, especially since the audio features a lady dumping her boyfriend. It’s for pre-intermediate learners and should take about an hour. You only need the PowerPoint show above and working speakers to play the audio, students only need a pen and some paper.
Elicit different types of relationship from the class before you show the slide – mother, father etc. Now show the slide, students have to write their own explanation for each word.
Students match the phrasal verbs to the meaning.
Ask and annswer the pre-listening questions as a class before listening to the girl dumping her boyfriend. Students answer the gist question.
Now students listen again and answer the more detailed questions
Students ask and answer these questions in pairs or small groups. You can monitor and give feedback at the end.
Here’s the PowerPoint lesson again
You can find more lessons like this at http://www.englishlanguagespacestation.com/complete_PowerPoint_Lessons.htm