Level: Intermediate (B1) & Upper Intermediate (B2)
Time: 60 – 90 min
Language: Christmas holidays
Additional resources: Printout (last page) + lesson uses the internet.
To make things easier for you
Everything you say is colour-coded blue.
Everything you write & examples are colour-coded orange.
Warm-up (10 min)
1. Put your learners into groups and ask them to write all the letters of the alphabet in a vertical list.
2. Next, instruct them to list all Christmas-related vocabulary they can think of.
Here’s a good link to help them:
3. Stop the activity after 5 – 10 minutes (it doesn’t matter if they completed the whole alphabet).
4. Each group prepares a set of Pictionary cards (one word per one paper slip).
Exercise: Christmas Pictionary (10 – 15 min)
1. Engage your class in a quick game of Pictionary.
2. Collect all cards into a bag or a box.
3. One person from one group comes to the front.
4. Set the time for 1 – 1.5 minutes.
5. The volunteer explains the word. The group guesses as many words as they can within the time limit.
Class Discussion (15 – 20 min)
1. Set the tone with this heartwarming picture: (ctrl + to enlarge)
What typical Christmas traditions can you see in this picture?
Is it similar to how your family celebrates this holiday?
What classical Christmas traditions does your family follow?
Do you have any special traditions in your family home?
What makes this holiday special for you?
(if some of your students come from different religious backgrounds, encourage them to share how they experience this Christian holiday).
3. Stir the conversation towards commercialization of Christmas.
Do you think Christmas nowadays is a purely commercial holiday? Why?
Do you enjoy the Christmas season? Why?
What is your most/least favourite part of the Christmas season? Why?
Exercise: Christmas Carols (20 min)
1. Ask: What’s the first thing that comes to your head, when you’re thinking about the Christmas season?
2. Students contribute different ideas, stop them when someone mentions music or Christmas carols.
3. Explain that they’re going to learn how to sing one of the jolliest carols. Play this karaoke clip (audio only) and ask if anyone recognizes its name:
4. Distribute printouts (last page of this plan) to each student (or one per pair).
5. Play them Michael Bublé’s version: and ask your students to fill in the missing words.
6. Play the song again and ask them to sing along.
7. If they engage well you can play the karaoke clip again, this time with the video and ask your students to perform the song.
Video Exercise (15 – 20 min)
1. Explain that every year big brands in the UK and the US make beautiful Christmas commercials that celebrate positive human values.
2. One of such commercials is called The Timeshop by Chickfila.
3. Play the video: (2 min)
4. Pause the video at 1:09 and ask what time-related idioms were just mentioned:
To be right on time
Together time (or quality time)
5. Ask if students can name any other similar idioms.
6. Play the video again until you pause again at 1:40
7. Ask: What do you think the card says? Encourage students to guess the contents of the card.
8. Play the video until the end.
What is the message of the ad?
Do you think this message applies to our current culture?
Is not having enough time for family something you or your close ones often struggle with?
Did the ad make you want to spend more quality time with your loved ones?
Optional 10. Ask each student to design a similar card with a quality time activity for their families.
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
You better _____ out.
You better not ____
Better not pout.
I’m _____ you why.
Santa Claus is ___________
He’s making a _____
And ________ it twice.
Gonna find out Who’s _______ and nice.
Santa _____ is coming to town.
He ______ you when you’re ________
He knows when you’re _______
He knows if you’__ _____ bad or good.
So be good for goodness sake!
O! You better _____ ___!
_____ better ____ ___
Better not ____
__ _____ ____ ____
Santa Claus __ coming to town.
Santa Claus is coming ___ town.