Cultural Celebrations ESL Activities and Worksheets

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ESL Celebrations Activity - Writing, Listening and Speaking - Intermediate (B1) - 35 minutes

In this free cultural celebrations activity, students talk about personal and public celebrations they have throughout the year. Working alone, students write down all the celebrations they have throughout the year in a monthly calendar on the worksheet and make notes on how they celebrate each one. In pairs, students then take it in turns to interview their partner about the celebrations, e.g. 'Do you celebrate anything in January?' Students also ask follow-up questions about each celebration to gain as much information as possible, e.g. 'How do you celebrate Valentine's Day?' Afterwards, the students give feedback to the class on one of their partner's celebrations.
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Interactive Version - In this interactive celebrations breakout room activity, students discuss things they celebrate each year in pairs.


St. Patrick's Day

ESL St. Patrick's Day Activity - Reading, Writing and Matching - Intermediate (B1) - 20 minutes

In this St. Patrick's Day activity, pairs of students race to search for information about St. Patrick's Day in order to complete a matching activity and quiz the fastest. The pairs begin by matching St. Patrick's Day vocabulary to definitions. Students may use dictionaries or search online to find the answers. When pairs have completed the matching activity, they move on to complete quiz questions with the vocabulary from the first exercise. The pairs then search online in English to find the answers to the quiz questions. The first pair to correctly answer all the quiz questions wins.
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ESL Thanksgiving Worksheet - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this Thanksgiving worksheet, students learn about the American celebration of Thanksgiving and related vocabulary by completing a variety of exercises. Give each student a copy of the two-page worksheet. Students begin by completing a Thanksgiving crossword using the key vocabulary from the text and a set of clues. After that, the students pair up and choose a cultural celebration that is important in their country. The students then talk about the celebration with their partner using the questions shown. Next, the students read a text about Thanksgiving. The students then read a series of statements about the text and indicate whether they are true or false by circling the correct answer. In the last exercise, students answer comprehension questions about the text in their own words.
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ESL Ramadan Worksheet - Reading, Matching and Writing Exercises- Upper-intermediate (B2) - 25 minutes

In this Ramadan worksheet, students learn about the Muslim holiday Ramadan and its associated vocabulary. First, students read a text about Ramadan. Next, students match words in bold from the text to their definitions. Students then answer true or false questions about the information in the reading by circling the correct answer. Students then move on to answer multiple-choice questions about Ramadan. Finally, students answer questions about Ramadan.
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