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ESL Christmas Debate

ESL Christmas Debate involves holding a debate with your students on the topic of Christmas. This activity can be used as an end of class activity or if you follow the plan below will take at least 30 minutes. This activity is suitable for teens and adults with a level of intermediate and above. 

Method:

  1. Put students into groups and assign them as ‘for’ or ‘against’.
  2. Show or tell students the statement and give them 5 – 10 minutes to prepare their ideas. Encourage students to guess what their opponents might say and prepare a counter argument.
  3. Begin the debate by allowing one of the teams to make their arguments. Encourage each student to talk. A typical debate would follow the following structure:

The teacher introduces the debate and reads the motion: “Christmas has become too commercial.”

‘For’ team – turn 1

‘Against’ team – turn 1

‘For’ team – turn 2

‘Against’ team – turn 2

‘For’ team – turn 3

‘Against’ team – turn 3

‘For’ team – final remarks, closing arguments

‘Against’ team – final remarks, closing arguments

4. The teacher, or the students can decide who won the debate.

Debate Topic Ideas:

  • Christmas has become too commercial.
  • Christmas should not be a national holiday.
  • Santa is not a good role model for children.
  • Christmas is just about shopping and money and not about family and friends.
  • What is Christmas really about?
  • Children on the naughty list should not get presents.
  • It is better to be naughty than nice.
  • We should greet each other with “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas”?
  • Christmas of the past was better than the Christmas of modern times.
  • Christmas songs shouldn’t be played until after the 6th of December.

 

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Just a minute Christmas challenge

Just a minute Christmas Challenge

Just a minute Christmas Challenge is a simple no-prep activity that is great for teens and adults with a B1 (intermediate +) level. Students have to describe a photo in as much detail as they can for one minute. Students are awarded points if they can keep talking for one minute and extra points if they use Christmas vocabulary that they have studied before in class.

This game can be used as a warmer or cooler during your Christmas classes to bring some Christmas joy to your classroom.

Enjoy and have a great Christmas!

If students aren’t used to describing photos the following tips will help them complete the task. All of these tips are included in the presentation:

Introduction: In this photo I can see, The photo shows…

Talk about the place: They are sitting in a café, in the city, in the mountains…

Describe position: On the right, on the left, in the middle of the photo, in the background, next to, behind, in front of…

Describe people’s age: They are in their twenties, they are about twenty…

Describe people’s clothes: They are wearing… (use one or two adjectives to describe the clothes: pattern, colour, material…)

Describe people’s actions: They are reading the newspaper, cooking… Describe people’s roles: He is probably a waiter, a student…

Describe people’s feelings: He seems sad, frightened, happy…

Your opinion: In my opinion the photo is very funny, sad, interesting…

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ESL Christmas Charades

ESL Christmas Charades

ESL Christmas Charades is a fun and simple no-prep activity for teens and adults on the topic of Christmas. This simple game is a great way to revise Christmas vocabulary and have a little fun while doing it. This game is best suited for adults and teens with a level of intermediate and above.

Method

  1. To play, first you need to print and cut out a copy of the printable activity cards.
  2. Put students into groups of 3/4 depending on your class size.
  3. Students, take turns picking a card and acting it out. The other students in their group have to try and guess what the student is acting out. The student acting out the word should not say anything. They can however indicate:

Number of words in the title: Hold up the number of fingers.

Which word you’re working on: Hold up the number of fingers again.

Number of syllables in the word: Lay the number of fingers on your arm.

Which syllable you’re working on: Lay the number of fingers on your arm again.

Length of word: Make a “little” or “big” sign as if you were measuring a fish.

“The entire concept:” sweep your arms through the air.

“On the nose” (i.e., someone has made a correct guess): point at your nose with one hand, while pointing at the person with your other hand.

“Sounds like”: Cup one hand behind an ear.

“Longer version of :” Pretend to stretch a piece of elastic.

“Shorter version of:” Do a “karate chop” with your hand

“Plural”: link your little fingers.

“Past tense”: wave your hand over your shoulder toward your back.

A letter of the alphabet: move your hand in a chopping motion toward your arm (near the top of your forearm if the letter is near the beginning of the alphabet, and near the bottom of your arm if the letter is near the end of the alphabet)

3.  Continue until either one group wins or time runs out

4. Enjoy and have fun!

 

 

ESL Christmas Charades game for teens and adults

 

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ESL Christmas Story Recall

ESL Christmas Story Recall

ESL Christmas Story Recall is a simple activity for young learners. Students are told or watch a short video about a Christmas story. Then, in pairs or groups they try to rewrite the story and then retell it. This is a fun activity to get students speaking and writing on the topic of Christmas.

Alternatively, you can print out the story and cut it up. Students have to try to put the story back into the correct order. Then, they watch again and see if they put it back together correctly. With lower level students print pictures of the story and have them put them into the correct order.

Some great video stories include:

The Night Before Christmas:

The Nutcracker:

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ESL Christmas Game Tongue Twisters

ESL Christmas Game Tongue Twisters

ESL Christmas Game Tongue Twisters – This activity is a great way to practice pronunciation while having some Christmas fun! Write some tongue twisters on the board and get students to try and say them correctly. Award point to students who manage to say them successfully. You can extend this game by getting students to write their own tongue twisters and have other students say them. Encourage students to use vocabulary they have studied before in class on the topic.


Some tongue twister ideas include:

Seven Santas sang silly songs.

Tiny Timmy trims the tall tree with tinsel.

Santa’s sleigh slides on slick snow.

Bobby brings bright bells.

How many deer would a reindeer reign if a reindeer could reign deer?

Running reindeer romp ’round red wreaths.

Kris Kringle chose to climb the chimney at Christmas.

Chilly chipper children cheerfully chant.

Two trains travel together to Toyland.

Eleven elves licked eleven little liquorice lollipops.

Santa’s sack sags slightly.

Ten tiny tin trains toot ten times.

There’s chimney soot on Santa’s suit.

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