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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.

 

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

ESL Christmas Quiz – This great no-prep Christmas quiz is great for teens and adults and covers Christmas cultural knowledge, vocabulary, Christmas music.

4 ESL Christmas Activities – This huge Christmas post includes speaking, vocabulary and a video lesson. This is suited for Young learners and teens and even adults.

Christmas Tongue Twisters – Tongue Twisters is a fun activity for young learners or even teens to practice pronunciation. Great as a warmer or cooler for your Christmas lesson plan.

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

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).

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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…

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

ESL Christmas Quiz – This great no-prep Christmas quiz is great for teens and adults and covers Christmas cultural knowledge, vocabulary, Christmas music.

4 ESL Christmas Activities – This huge Christmas post includes speaking, vocabulary and a video lesson. This is suited for Young learners and teens and even adults.

Christmas Tongue Twisters – Tongue Twisters is a fun activity for young learners or even teens to practice pronunciation. Great as a warmer or cooler for your Christmas lesson plan.

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.

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.

ESL Vocabulary Fortunes

ESL Vocabulary Fortunes is a great online ESL game designed for teens and adults. This game is based on the classic TV game show Family Feud or Family Fortunes in the UK. This Game is simple to play and a fantastic way to practice vocabulary on different topics and sure to entertain students at the end of a busy class.

There are two ways you can play ESL Vocabulary Fortunes.

Version 1 takes less time to organise and is how I use this game in class.

Age/Level: Teens and adults – Lower Intermediate and above

Time: 10 – 15 minutes per category ( 2 rounds per category)

Players: Teams of two or three depending on overall class size

Preparation: None! Just use the prepared online game below

Aim: To guess the top 5 answers in to the survey question.

Method:

  1. First, put students in to groups or 2/3/4 depending on class size.
  2. Show students the question for the topic you have selected.
  3. In their groups, students think of 2 or 3 words that may answer the question.
  4. Write the students answers on the board. To extend the activity with lower level students, ask them to spell their words or justify their answers if they are higher level students.
  5. When all the words are written on the board, reveal the actual answers for each question awarding points to the teams if they have a correct answer.

Version 2 follows the original TV format.

Age/Level: Teens and adults – Lower Intermediate and above

Time: 25 minutes

Players: 2 equal teams

Preparation: None! Just use the prepared online game below

Aim: To guess the top 5 answers in to the survey question.

Method:

  1. Separate the class into two equal teams and have them choose a team name.
  2. Each round begins with one member from each team coming to the front of the     classroom and trying to guess a top five answer to the question. The questions in the game are divided in main topics that students study throughout the year so you can use this game many times throughout the year.
  3. The first student to answer correctly with one of the answers to the question can choose for their team to play or pass and let the other team play. The teacher should look at the answers before class so that they know what the answers are.
  4. The aim of the game is for each team member to write down the same ‘blank’ word as their teammate at the front of the class.
  5. Everyone then secretly writes down their missing word. They do this without talking or communicating which makes this game more difficult.
  6. Then, the teacher asks each player at the front of the class to reveal their word.
  7. After that, each teammate says or shows the word they wrote.
  8. For every word that matches with their player at the front of the class, the teams gets the points displayed in the game.
  9. Finally, repeat with different players.

 

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More Online ESL Games
Discover more of ESL Kids Games’ online activities  .

Describe the photo – A great way to practice speaking about photos for B1 (PET).

ESL Play Your Cards Right – A fun higher or lower game.

ESL Countdown – A great game to practice vocabulary and spelling.

ESL Writing Prompt Generator – A fun way to practice writing with young learners and even teens.

Find more games and activities on our YouTube Channel

Music: 60’s Quiz Show by Podington Bear is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 International License.

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.

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 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)