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Also see:
http://www.developingteachers.com/tips/xmasplan_01.htm

http://www.developingteachers.com/tips/pasttips61.htm
http://www.developingteachers.com/plans/Kwanzaalp.htm
http://www.developingteachers.com/tips/pasttips137.htm
http://www.developingteachers.com/tips/pasttips76.htm
http://www.developingteachers.com/plans/xmas_rolf.htm

Submitted by Yulia Grigoryeva, Vladivostok, Russia

Christmas Web Site

Take a look at my Christmas site which was created for the students of the Institute of Foreign Languages, Far Eastern State University, Vladivostok, Russia.
http://www.dvgu.ru/up/~gys/xmas_index.htm


Submitted by Kate Senior, Madrid, Spain

Fun and Games with Sounds and Letters

Suitable for all ages and levels

Follow the verse to discover what I am. When you have found me, think about what I am to you.

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _   (9 letters)

My middle is in ship and also in sheep,
My next is a drink that won´t help you to sleep,
My last but one letter is the first of them all,
While my third is in rise but never in fall,
With my fourth you can't hear, listen, smell, taste or eat,
But my seventh begins the words music and meat,
My last makes the plural of son or of daughter,
My first's an expanse of lovely salt water,
My second is for hope and for happiness too,
And my whole, after 'Happy' is my wish for you!

Have fun!


Submitted by Cindy Dominick, Japan

Christmas Decorations

I teach Japanese students and most of my lessons are private rather than group.

One favorite Christmas idea has been that they choose some kind of Origami project that we can make as a Christmas decoration. The trick is that they cannot show me how to fold the paper but must give me all verbal instructions.

They usually find out a week in advance so that they can write their instructions and we do it the following week. I follow their instructions to the letter and correct when I need to along the way.

It always is a lot of fun and makes for a light-hearted lesson during the busy Holiday season!


Submitted by Gwyneth Box, Madrid

Non-Christmas poem

For advanced students:

Get them to brainstorm words which are the 'motifs' of Christmas. Agree on about a dozen. Then get them to write a text that includes all those words, but is on any subject *other than* Christmas.

They need to be advanced level to be able to see that PRESENT can be not just a noun but a verb or adjective etc.

I haven't actually done this (my students aren't that level) but I have seen poems produced as part of a similar challenge. They were very interesting. The words to be included were ivy, star, pudding, shepherd, birth, present, stable, crackers, child, party.


Submitted by Lucienne Martinez, Madrid, Spain

Family Celebration Preparations

This is an activity I've tried:

Teacher brings some realia related to Christmas: a Christmas card, a tape, a present, maybe draw some pictures on the board...and he /she could tell the group briefly how she usually celebrates Christmas himself/herself .

In groups students have to oraganise the family celebration. They brainstorm ideas under topics such as:
place
meal
music
presents
go to church

and practise functional exponents for giving suggestions such as:
- Why don't we...
- We could do this
and other that the teacher may elicit/present to the students.

Difficulty and detail in each activity will vary according to the level of the group. As it is a religious celebration for some people, teachers should bear in mind cultural and religious differences .

When they finish (it should take around 20 minutes) one member of each group reports back to the class and then discuss the different ways in which they have planned it.


Submitted by Nedra Rivera, Madrid, Spain

Do They Know It's Christmas

What song is the writer talking about?

I am one, in what I'm sure what was thousands of kids forced to perform this for his parents at a Christmas pageant. Do you remember how much you began to hate hearing it, EVERY #%$ING DAY YOU TURNED ON THE RADIO for about FOUR MONTHS! Well, it's much better now that it isn't played as often, here are the people who made the agony possible the first time around.

It was released November of 1984, and immediately debuted at Number One in Great Britain, and was Number One on the American charts two weeks later.. The song was written by Sir Bob Geldof, and sold fifty million copies. It sold over 3 million copies in Great Briton alone. Midge Ure was the co-producer, and he personally accompanied the first relief shipment of over $70,000 worth of food and medical supplies to Ethiopia, March 11, 1985. All produced & re-mixed by the king - Trevor Horn (The Buggles & Yes).

Still can't guess?

Here's a hint - the original performares were:

Bananarama Bob Geldof Culture Club David Bowie Duran Duran Eurythmics Frankie Goes to Hollywood Heaven 17 Human League Kool and the Gang Midge Urge Paul McCartney Paul Young Phil Collins Spandau Ballet Status Quo Sting The Style Council U2 Wham!

Now listen to the song & put the words in order

a) And there won't be snow in Africa This Christmas time The greatest gift they'll get this year is life

b) (Here's to you) raise a glass for everyone (Here's to them) underneath that burning sun Do they know it's Christmas time at all?

c) Feed the world Let them know it's Christmas time . d) It's Christmas time There's no need to be afraid At Christmas time We let in light and we banish shade
e) Where the only water flowing Is the bitter sting of tears And the Christmas bells that ring there f) Where nothing ever grows No rain nor rivers flow Do they know it's Christmas time at all?
g) Feed the world Let them know it's Christmas time Feed the world Let them know it's Christmas time again h) But say a prayer Pray for the other ones At Christmas time it's hard
i) And in our world of plenty We can spread a smile of joy Throw your arms around the world At Christmas time j) Feed the world Let them know it's Christmas time Feed the world Do they know it's Christmas time at all?
k) But, when you're having fun There's a world outside your window And it's a world of dread and fear l) Are the clanging chimes of doom Well, tonight thank God it's them Instead of you Do they know it's Christmas?

 

1: It's Christmas time
There's no need to be afraid
At Christmas time
We let in light and we banish shade
And in our world of plenty
We can spread a smile of joy
Throw your arms around the world
At Christmas time

2: But say a prayer
Pray for the other ones
At Christmas time it's hard
But when you're having fun
There's a world outside your window
And it's a world of dread and fear
Where the only water flowing
Is the bitter sting of tears
And the Christmas bells that ring
There are the clanging chimes of doom
Well tonight thank God it's them instead of you

Feed the world
Let them know it's Christmas time
Feed the world
Do they know it's Christmas time at all?

3: And there won't be snow in Africa
This Christmas time
The greatest gift they'll get this year is life
Where nothing ever grows
No rain nor rivers flow
Do they know it's Christmas time at all?

Feed the world
Let them know it's Christmas time
Feed the world
Let them know it's Christmas time again

BRIDGE:
(Here's to you) raise a glass for everyone
(Here's to them) underneath that burning sun.
Do they know it's Christmas time at all?

END: Feed the world
Let them know it's Christmas time

END: (repeat & fade)

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