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ESOL Christmas Lessons.

ESOL/ESL students need to know at least something about Christmas.


They have lots of questions. Here are some activities for students at all
levels.
Age Group: Young Adults/ Adults
Level: Entry 1, Entry 2, Entry 3 and Level 1
Time: Various, depending on activities
Skill focus: Learning about Christmas from basic words to discussions
about traditions.
Materials: Worksheets
Curriculum References: Various
Entry 1 and Low Entry 2
1. Entry 1 students can have a go at the first two worksheets. These are a
Christmas wordsearch and vocab activity. Answers below.
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Suggested answers:
M Merry, mistletoe,
E Eating, everyone, everybody,
R Reindeer (Hard to explain)
R (miss this out)
Y Yule
C Christmas, Choir, Carols, Children, Cracker
H Happy, holiday
R Rest, Relax

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I Ice,
S Snow, snowman, sweets
T Turkey,
M Merry, Mistletoe
A Angel
S Santa, Sweets, Seasons greetings
High Entry 2 and Entry 3
1. Students match the sentences together. You might have to explain
some of the traditions to students.
1. D 2. J 3. G 4. A 5. E 6. I 7.c 8. F 9.H 10. B
High Entry 3 and Level 1
1. In pairs students discuss whether the statements are true or false.
This should be a good opportunity for you to discuss traditions and
cultural aspects of Christmas them.
1. False ( You kiss under the mistletoe)
2. True
3. True (Really!)
4. False
5. False
6. True ( In this context mince does not mean meat)
7. False (Not everyone goes to church although many people do.)
8. True (Although it might not be historically accurate, Christians
think Jesus was born on Christmas Day. Dont be drawn into a
theological debate!!)
9. True.
10. False (lots of people have to work on Christmas Day. Hospital
workers, carers, police etc.)
11. Sadly, false.
CS 12/03

Entry 1 & Entry 2

Christmas Word Search


Christmas Tree
Santa
Mistletoe
Presents
Crackers
Cards
Turkey
Boxing Day
Angel
Reindeer
Yule

Mince Pie
Pudding
Decorations
Carols

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Entry 1 & Entry 2

Christmas Tree
Think of words about Christmas and fill in the spaces.

M _______________________________
E ________________________________
R ________________________________
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Y ________________________________
C ________________________________
H ________________________________
R ________________________________
I ________________________________
S ________________________________
M ________________________________
A ________________________________
S ________________________________

Entry 2 & Entry 3

Christmas Sentences
Match the sentences with each other. Make true
sentences about Christmas and write them out on a
piece of paper.

1. Santa Claus is a
2. Christmas comes
only
3. Christmas day is
on
4. You give your
friends
5. You put a
Christmas tree
6. Christmas Eve is
on
7. Most people eat
8. People send
Christmas cards
9. The day after
Christmas
10. You kiss

a. lots of presents
b. under the
mistletoe
c. turkey on
Christmas Day
d. fat man with a
white beard
e. in your front
room.
f. to their friends.
g. the 25th
December
h. is called Boxing
Day.
i. the 24th of
December.
j. once a year.

Entry 3 & Level 1

Christmas Traditions. True or False


Talk about the following statements with a partner
and decide if you think they are true or false.
Statement
True? False?
1. You kiss people of the other sex
under the Christmas Tree.
2. You pull your cracker and wear
your Christmas hat.
3. Children think Santa delivers
everybodys presents in one night.
4. Nobody drinks alcohol on
Christmas Day.
5. Snow always falls on Christmas
day.
6. People eat mince pies.
7. People got to church on
Christmas day.
8. Jesus was born on Christmas
Day.
9. People buy their friends and
family gifts and wrap them up.
10. Christmas is a holiday for
everyone.
11. Everyone spends Christmas day
with their families
12. Christmas is too commercial
and people are too greedy.