Pre-intermediate (A2) –Intermediate (B1) level
2- To exchange Christmas customs and traditions.
1-To provide the context of Christmas to present vocabulary related to Christmas celebration and practice them in meaningful situations.
2-To reinforce the ability of prediction and deduction based on the present clues.
3-To reinforce pair work, group work and students' cooperation.
1-To review and practice structures used to express deduction using modal verbs such as "must, may, can't" in the context of Christmas.
Procedure (42-60 minutes)
-Dictate the following words: Christmas card, present, Christmas tree, snowman, turkey, chestnut.
-Ask ss to think of some common verbs which collocate with the word "Christmas card". -Elicit some verbs and write them on the board.
-Put ss into pairs using cards of the same type, which are related to the theme. -Give them a paper consisting of some corpus examples related to the words on the cards. -Give ss the handout and ask them to write the most common collocations of the keyword from the corpus example paper.
-Get feedback from the whole class and write the most common collocations such as: *wrap a present, send a present ... *buy a Christmas tree, decorate a Christmas tree ... *stuff a turkey, roast a turkey ...
-Put ss into small groups. -Ask them to mention and explain any Christmas customs and traditions they know or have seen in movies or television programs. -Provide them with some examples if they are short on ideas.
-Ask ss at random to describe some the Christmas customs and traditions they discussed earlier in the previous stage.
-Put ss into pairs. -Tell ss they are going to watch a short film in which they see Thomas family home on Christmas Eve. -Ask ss to predict what they think Mog, the fat cat, might do to ruin Christmas Day. -You might like to give some examples of deduction in English using modal verbs. For example, "Mog might climb on the table and eat all of the turkey."
-Get feedback from ss. -Write some of the most creative predictions on the board.
-Tell ss to watch the short film and compare their predictions with what actually happens to Mog. -Pause the film at 2:40.
-In pairs, get ss to describe what happened to Mog and what she did.
-Ask ss what they think is going to happen to the Thomas family and what they are going to do to celebrate Christmas Day.
-Show the rest of the film. -Ask ss if they like the ending. -Ask ss if they were the writer how they would end the story.
-Pause at the caption "Christmas is for sharing." -Ask ss if they agree with the message. -Give examples of how we can share at Christmas. -In pairs, get ss to come up with more ideas. -Elicit more examples on how we can share at Christmas and write them on the board.
-Hand over the article titled "Christmas traditions in the United States." -Ask ss to cover the article and write a brief summary of it.