Sunday, 22 October 2017

Christmas - ESL EFL Activities, Worksheets and Games

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A Christmas Letter

ESL EFL Reading, Writing, Listening and Matching Activity - Elementary - 1 Hour

Here is an extensive Christmas activity that can be used to teach students Christmas vocabulary and Christmas traditions. The class is divided into teams of four. Each team is given a set of word/picture cards. The students deal out the cards and place them face up in front of them. The teacher reads a Christmas letter to the students. The students help the teacher complete the letter by providing words. Whenever there is a missing word, the students look at their cards and see if they have a suitable word to help the teacher complete the sentence. There are decoy cards to challenge the students, so the students must listen carefully. The first student to hold up a corresponding word/picture card can answer. If their answer is correct, they win a point for their team. The team with the most points when the letter has been completed is the winner. Each student is then given a copy of the Christmas letter. In their teams, the students put all their cards together face up on the table and complete the letter for themselves. When everyone has finished, the answers are checked as a class. As an extension, the students write a reply to the letter where they write about the festivals they celebrate. These letters can be read aloud or displayed around the classroom. Students can also play a categorizing game, pelmanism game or game of snap with the cards.

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Christmas Word Puzzle

ESL EFL Writing Activity - Elementary - 15 Minutes

In this enjoyable puzzle worksheet, students practice well-known Christmas vocabulary. Students write 20 Christmas words by matching numbers to letters and writing the answers down on their worksheet.

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Christmas Word Search

ESL EFL Reading and Matching Activity - Elementary - 15 Minutes

In this entertaining worksheet, students have to find words relating to Christmas in a word search. This word search can be used to review spelling and Christmas vocabulary. An answer key is provided.

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Draw and Colour

ESL EFL Drawing and Writing Activity - Elementary - 40 Minutes

In this creative teaching activity, students draw and colour their own Christmas or New Year picture. When they have finished, the students write a description of the picture. Then, they present their picture and description to the class.

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Imperative Snowflake

ESL EFL Reading Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes

Here is a practical activity to help decorate your classroom for Christmas. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students follow a set of instructions on how to make a snowflake from paper. Students then use the snowflake they created to decorate the classroom or make a Christmas greeting card.

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Letter to Santa

ESL EFL Writing Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes

Here is a useful Christmas worksheet for young learners. In this activity, students write a letter to Santa. Students begin by telling Santa about the good things they have done this year and why they deserve a present. Then, the students write a Christmas wish list. Letters can be displayed around the classroom or sent to the North Pole.

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Santa's Missing Hat

ESL EFL Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 40 Minutes

In this fun class activity, students act in a short Christmas play. The class is divided into groups of 7 or 8. Each student is then assigned a role in the Christmas play. After practicing the script, the groups take it in turns to act out the play to the rest of the class. The students, who watch the play, answer some questions based on the story. The students then draw the present they would like to receive from Santa for Christmas.

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Thank You Letter

ESL EFL Reading and Writing Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

In this amusing Christmas activity, students write thank you letters by completing a sentence and then passing the letter along to another student who writes the next sentence. The main language focus is adjectives. Each student is handed a copy of the worksheet. The students sit in a circle and each student writes their name at the top of the worksheet and then folds the paper as indicated. The students then hand their paper to the person on their right. The student on the right completes the salutation, e.g. Dear Batman. The student then folds the paper and passes the paper to the person on the right, who completes the next sentence, and so on. The students are encouraged to be as imaginative or as amusing as they like, e.g. by using the names of famous people, unusual presents and adjectives, etc. This continues until all the sentences have been completed. When the letter is finished, the students give the letter back to the person whose name is at the top of the worksheet. This person corrects any mistakes they find and then reads the letter to the class.

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A Christmas Carol

ESL EFL Reading and Listening Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes

This activity is based on the story "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens. This worksheet can be used to check the students' comprehension of the book or movie. The students begin by reading the introduction at the top of the worksheet. Then, they watch or listen to the story "A Christmas Carol." As the students are watching or listening to the story, they match sentences to each ghost, depending on the things that each ghost shows Scrooge. When Ebenezer Scrooge has been visited by all three ghosts, the movie/story is paused and the students check their answers. Students then predict what will happen next and the movie/story continues. After that, the students check to see if their predictions were correct.

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Christmas Blockbusters

ESL EFL Vocabulary Game - Pre-intermediate - 20 Minutes

This Christmas vocabulary game is adapted from a famous TV game show. This version works well for revising Christmas words. Students play this game in two teams. A five-by-five hexagon grid is drawn on the board. In each hexagon are letters. The letters stand for words to do with Christmas. The teacher gives a clue for each hexagon. Both teams then race to answer the clue, e.g. if the letters were NYD, the clue might be: The first day of the year. The first team to answer correctly gets to keep the hexagon. This process is repeated with other letters on the grid. The aim of the game is for one team to connect the hexagons from top to bottom or left to right. The first team to make the connection wins the game.

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Christmas Conversation Questions

ESL EFL Reading and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 20 Minutes

This conversational activity gets your students talking about various aspects of Christmas. There are two worksheets. One contains Wh- questions about Christmas and the other contains short answer questions. The class is separated into pairs and given a list of Christmas conversation questions. The students make use of the list of questions to converse about Christmas with a partner.

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Christmas Crossword

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

Here is a festive crossword activity to help students practice Christmas vocabulary. The class is divided into two groups (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. Both groups have the same crossword on their worksheet, but Group A has the words across and Group B has the words down. Their task is to write clues for the Christmas words written on their crossword. Working with two or three people from the same group, the students invent and write down clues for the Christmas words on their crossword. When the students have finished writing, they pair up with someone from the other group. The students then take it in turns to ask their partner for a clue to one of their missing words, e.g. What’s 1 down? Their partner reads out the clue for that Christmas word and the other student tries to guess what it is. If the student guesses the word successfully, they write it on their crossword. If not, their partner continues to give more clues until the student is able to guess the word. When the students have finished, they compare their answers.

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Christmas in England

ESL EFL Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 40 Minutes

Here is an imaginative ESL activity that combines the topic of Christmas with adverbs of frequency. Students work in teams. Each student is given a worksheet containing sentences about Christmas in England. The teams have to guess the missing adverb of frequency in each sentence: almost always, usually, often, sometimes, not often, hardly ever, almost never, and never. Teams can ask for a hint before they guess the missing adverb in each sentence. Teams receive five points if they guess correctly without the hint and two points if they guess correctly after the hint. The team with the highest number of points at the end of the game wins.

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Christmas Mimes

ESL EFL Miming and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes

This entertaining miming game can be used to teach or review common Christmas activities and the present continuous tense. The class is divided into two teams. The aim of the game is for the students in the teams to guess the correct Christmas activity using the present continuous tense. A student from the first team comes to the front of the class and is given a mime card. The student asks the class, "What Christmas activity am I doing?" The student then does the mime on the card. When a member of either team thinks they know, they respond giving their answer in the present continuous. The first team to get the mime correct wins a point. The team with the highest number of points at the end of the game wins. If your students are unfamiliar with Christmas activities, you may wish to introduce the activities and write them on the board. Then, the students can guess by matching the mime with an activity.

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas

ESL EFL Video Worksheet - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes

In this video worksheet, students answer comprehension questions based on a famous Christmas movie. Students watch the video "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and answer a list of comprehension questions based on the movie.

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