Mehrdad Sharif Mehrdad Sharif

Christmas Celebration
Pre-intermediate (A2) –Intermediate (B1) level


This EFL lesson plan is designed around a short film commissioned by the British supermarket chain Sainsbury’ s titled Mog’s Christmas Calamity inspired by the children’ s writer Judith Kerr. In the lesson students collate vocabulary related to Christmas, talk about Christmas customs and traditions, watch a short film and predict the plot as well as the ending of the film. Review and practice modal verbs including, "must, may/might, and can't" to express reduction Language level: Pre-intermediate (A2) – Intermediate (B1) Learner type: Teens and adults Time: 60 minutes Activity: watching a short film, speaking and writing Topic: Christmas Language: Vocabulary related to Christmas


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Main Aims

  • 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.

Subsidiary Aims

  • 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.


Stage 1(Lead in) (3-5 minutes) • To introduce the theme and set the context for ss.

-Dictate the following words: Christmas card, present, Christmas tree, snowman, turkey, chestnut.

Stage 2 (Collocations) (2-2 minutes) • To elicit the most common verbs which go with "Christmas cards."

-Ask ss to think of some common verbs which collocate with the word "Christmas card". -Elicit some verbs and write them on the board.

Stage 3 (More collocations) (4-5 minutes) • To find more collocations related to the concept of Christmas.

-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.

Stage 4 (Feedback) (3-3 minutes) • To get feedback from the whole class on the most typical collocations.

-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 ...

Stage 5 (Speaking) (6-8 minutes) • To exchange Christmas customs and traditions.

-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.

Stage 6 (Feedback) (2-5 minutes) • To get feedback from the whole class on Christmas traditions.

-Ask ss at random to describe some the Christmas customs and traditions they discussed earlier in the previous stage.

Stage 7 (Plot prediction) (3-5 minutes) • To get ss to predict the story of the short film they are about to watch

-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."

Stage 8 (Feedback) (2-2 minutes) • To get feedback from the whole class on how Mog might ruin Christmas Day

-Get feedback from ss. -Write some of the most creative predictions on the board.

Stage 9 (Showtime) (3-3 minutes) • To watch the short film

-Tell ss to watch the short film and compare their predictions with what actually happens to Mog. -Pause the film at 2:40.

Stage 10 (Plot description) (3-5 minutes) • To describe what happened

-In pairs, get ss to describe what happened to Mog and what she did.

Stage 11 (The ending prediction) (3-5 minutes) • To predict the ending of the film

-Ask ss what they think is going to happen to the Thomas family and what they are going to do to celebrate Christmas Day.

Stage 12 (Showtime) (3-5 minutes) • To watch the ending

-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.

Stage 13 (Reflection) (3-5 minutes) • To ask students if they agree with a message

-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.

Stage 14 (Homework) (2-2 minutes) • To assign follow-up homework on the topic

-Hand over the article titled "Christmas traditions in the United States." -Ask ss to cover the article and write a brief summary of it.

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