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ESL Christmas Quiz

Have a fun end to the first term with this ESL Christmas quiz. This quiz is suitable to teens and adults with and Intermediate + level.

The ESL Christmas quiz should take at least 35 minutes and is sure to put your students into the christmas mood.

The quiz is broken up into 3 rounds.

Round one is a christmas themed general knowledge quiz which tests students knowledge of christmas. Its not easy and should get students thinking.

Round two is a Christmas vocabulary round where students have to remember as many words shown in the picture as they can. Another tricky round that is sure to challenge your students.

Round three Is the final round and tests students knowledge of Christmas songs. Students have to write the name of the Christmas songs in English. An internet connection is required.

Click here to download a copy of the powerpoint for offline use

As ever, happy Christmas to you all and a happy and productive New Year. If you are looking for more Christmas themed ideas don’t forget to check out last years ideas here. 

 

More Christmas activities
Discover more Christmas activities for kids, teens and adults.

4 Christmas Ideas – Here you will find a collection of four Christmas ideas for young learners, teens and adults.

ESL Christmas Tongue Twisters – A collection of Christmas tongue twisters to practice pronunciation with young learners and teen and even adults.

ESL Christmas Charades – This activity is a great no-prep game for teens and adults to practice Christmas vocabulary.

Christmas Story Recall – In this activity, students watch/listen to a short Christmas story and then they try and rewrite/tell the story later.

Just a minute Christmas Challenge – In this activity students need to speak about a Christmas photo for one minute. This activity is great for teens and adults who are preparing for the B1 Exam (PET).

ESL Christmas Debate – In this activity, students have a debate on different statements related to Christmas. This activity is great for teens and adults with a higher level.

Find more games and activities on our YouTube Channel

 

 

Comparative and Superlative Activities

This weeks post looks at comparative and superlative activities for teenagers. It can be difficult to find ways to introduce comparatives and superlatives to teens, as the thoughts of grammar usually makes them less than motivated. I have found that this way can be a great way to introduce comparatives and superlatives in a fun and “cool” way!

This lesson uses Daft Punks “Harder Better Faster” and is a better alternative to the Kayne West version as it contains no bad language etc.

Method

1. Before class, print a copy of the lyrics and cut the verses up.

2. Put students in groups and explain that they are going to listen to a song and you want them to organise the lyrics into the correct order.

Note: The lyrics start from around 0:30 and the set of printed lyrics ends at 2:30

3. As they listen to the song, students organise the lyrics into the correct order.

4. After they have listened to the song ask the students to underline the comparatives they can find in the lyrics. If they have not studied them before give them an example and ask them to find more examples.

5. After this it could be a good opportunity to look at the superlatives. Ask the students to write the superlative form of the words that they have underlined.

Get students to write the base form of the adjective and the superlative form.

6. Now get the students using and practicing by making comparative sentences and then using the superlative.

Download (DOCX, 58KB)

 More comparative songs

Kelly Clarkson – Stronger

Justin Bieber – Never Say Never

Des’ree – You Gotta Be

Comparative and Superlative Games and Online Games Activities

British Council – Comparatives superlatives for kids

Loads of game ideas here for comparative adjectives 

Even more activities can be found here (Link removed as this website now charges for content)

ESL Vocabulary Game

 
 
ESL Bomb is a great game for vocabulary revision. You can use it with groups of vocabulary and it can be a great addition to your classroom routines. 
 
 
Method
 
1. Get a small soft ball and a timer. 
 
2. Pick a category of vocabulary you would like the students to practice. i.e transportation When the students get the ball they must say a word from the category and then pass the ball to another student. The must not repeat words. 
 
3. Students continue to pass the ball until the time is up and the bomb explodes! 


This game is a great way to break up the class and get the students focused on the lesson. 

Secret Spies

ESL Secret Spies is a simple game for Kids. Its a great game to revise vocabulary and practice spelling in a fun and interactive way. Ciphers are always great fun and loved by young learners.

Activity Time: 10 mins +

Materials required: Scissors, paper, pens/pencils
Skills practiced: Vocabulary and spelling.
Level: Young learners

Method


1. Write words on pieces of papers that you want the students to revise.
2. Cut up the words up into letters and give them to the students to put back into the correct order. Students write down the words that they decipher.
3. Get the students to make their own ciphers and swap them with the other students.
Find more great ideas here:

Create curiosity in the classroom

St Patrick’s Day

ESL guaranteed Irish fun Activities for St Patricks day eslkidsgames.com
This post looks at a number of ESL activities to add to your lesson plan for St Patrick’s Day. This post has activities for Young Learners, teens and adults.
As I am Irish myself, St Patrick’s Day is one of my favourite holidays that I get to teach about. Due to this, I have put together a number of activities that are fun, engaging and there are lots of opportunities for students to practice key skills and use their creativity.
As always, please leave your feedback, comments and suggestions below or email, tweet or Facebook me.
Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Duit
Happy St Patrick’s Day to you (In Irish)

Story of St Patrick (Video)

Activity Time:   10 – 15 minutes +
Materials required: Copy of the Powerpoint 
Skills practiced: Writing, brainstorming, critical thinking, speaking, listening.
Level: Teens and adults. Pre intermediate +

Method
1. Before you begin the slideshow, ask the students what they know about St Patrick.2. Tell them they are going to hear about the story of St Patrick.

Whiskey In The Jar

“Whiskey in the Jar” is one of the most popular traditional Irish tunes. It features love, robbery, betrayal and a melody that has become known the world over.
The story tells of an Irish highway man who travels the Cork and Kerry mountains and the song tells of how the bold highway man robs from an English soldier.
Activity Time: 10 – 15 minutes +
Materials required: Student handout , Music video below
Skills practiced: Listening, vocabulary, speaking.
Level: Teens and adults Pre-intermediate +
Part One : Music story and look at vocabulary
Key Vocabulary

Project or give each student a list of the key vocabulary of the song. First, get the students to find the meaning of the words if they don’t know them.

Then ask them in pairs to guess what the song might be about.

Part Two: Listening 

Give each student a copy of the handout. Give them some time to read and correct any errors they think they see, then let them listen and correct the errors.

Stage 1  Listen and correct the errors

The original lyrics
Student’s version with errors
Stage 2 Listen and put the sentences into the correct order (see printable)
Stage 3 Listen and fill in the gaps (see printable)


The Wild Rover – gap fill

Activity Time:   10 – 15 minutes +
Materials required: Student handout  (View), Music below
Skills practiced: Listening, vocabulary, speaking.
Level: Teens and adults beginners +

Method
1. Give students a copy of the handout. Tell them to look at the gaps. Each gap is missing a verb. Tell them to predict which word is missing.2. Students check their ideas in pairs.3. Students listen to the song and correct their answers.4. Now get them singing and clapping! My students always love singing this song.

St Patrick’s Day Storyboard

Activity Time:   10 – 15 minutes +
Materials required: Copy of picture board 
Skills practiced: Vocabulary and expressions
Level: Young Learners +

Method
1. Print out a copy of the storyboards for each pair of students.

2. Cut up the cards and mix them.

3. Give a set of the cards to each pair of students. Tell them that they must look at the pictures and arrange them in the correct order. Then they must write a story using the cards. Tell them that they must write one sentence per picture (Young Learners, a paragraph for teens etc) Tell the students they have 10 minutes.
Allow the students to use resources such as dictionaries etc to develop their stories.

4. After students have written their stories, get them to share and present them to the class.

ESL Story picture story prompts for ESL Young learners Story writing

 

St Patrick’s Day Idioms

St Patrick’s Day is a great opportunity to give students with a chance to learn idioms. Idioms are an important part of language learning. They are a common part of speech and an important part of fluency.
Activity Time:   10 – 15 minutes +
Materials required: Copy of idiom pictures below PDF
Skills practiced: Vocabulary and expressions
Level: Young Learners (one or two idioms),Teens and adults. Beginners +

 

Method:
1. After you have introduced other vocabulary for St Patrick’s Day, you can introduce idioms. Show the students the idiom and then show them the picture.

2. In pairs, students try to decide what the idiom means then they report back to the class. Give an example of the idiom in use and then get the students to write their own sentence.

3. Revision is important with Idioms. As in the Powerpoint presentation, when revising idioms show the students the picture and ask them in pairs to write the idiom. After check if they have remembered correctly. Following this, concept check the meaning.

Good Luck eslkidsgames.com St Patrick's Day
Definition: A wish of good luck to someone. 
to have a green thumb idiom eslkidsgames.com St Patrick's Day
Definition: A talent for making things grow. 
a green eyed monster idiom eslkidsgames.com
Definition: Jealousy 
to be green idiom eslkidsgames.com
Definition: To recycle materials and good for the environment.
grass is always greener on the other side idiom eslkidsgames.com
Definition: A different place appears better than where you are. 
the luck of the Irish Idiom www.eslkidsgames.com St Patrick's Day
Expression: The Irish are lucky or have luck.
to give the green light idiom eslkidsgames.com
Definition: To give someone permission to do something.

Extra materials For Young Learners

Flashcards – Large flashcards

Download (PDF, 370KB)

Key words Ireland, leprechaun, pot of gold, rainbow, shamrock and snake

Word Search – A word search to practice the key vocabulary of St Patrick’s Day