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This is a Christmas lesson plan for higher levels (C1+) in which students learn some Christmassy expressions then practice them in a crossword and discussion.
tis-the-season-to-be-jolly – Student handout
Match the expressions in bold with their definitions.
- I really overindulged last Christmas, I felt awful on Boxing Day. (C)
- So this year I’ve decided to pace myself, no booze till lunchtime! (P)
- Oooo, I’m feeling a bit tipsy after all that champagne. (B)
- I’ll put some Christmas carols on to get in the festive spirit. (D)
- Christmas is a time to get together with your nearest and dearest. (O)
- I don’t get on with my uncle but we always manage to bury the hatchet at Christmas. (E)
- Christmas just isn’t Christmas without turkey with all the trimmings. (J)
- (opening a present) Another horrible jumper from Auntie Janet, oh well, it’s the thought that counts. (M)
- I’m dreaming of a white Christmas. (H)
- Son: “Come on Granddad! It’s Christmas, don’t be such a scrooge!” (I)
Granddad: “Bah Humbug! I hate Christmas.” (K)
- My mum always spends hours slaving over a hot stove on Christmas day. (F)
- We’re doing a secret Santa in the office and I’ve drawn the boss! I don’t know what to get her. (G)
- (opening a present) Oh wow, it’s lovely, you shouldn’t have! (L)
- Christmas is really important in my family, we always pull out all the stops, decorations, presents, tonnes of food, you name it! (N)
- Children always get showered with gifts at Christmas. (A)
|a. Receive a lot of presents
b. A little drunk
c. Eat and drink too much
d. To start feeling Christmassy
e. To forget old arguments and be friendly
f. To spend a long time cooking
g. “amigo invisible” each person buys a present for another person in the group.
h. A snowy Christmas
i. A mean person who doesn’t like Christmas
|j. The traditional things that go with something
k. People who don’t like Christmas say this.
l. What you say when you receive a present
m. What you say when you receive a bad present
n. Make a big effort to achieve something
o. Your family
p. To eat and drink slowly and carefully.
This section is designed to help students process the vocabulary and aid acquisition.
Look again at the expressions.
- Which ones do you like?
- Which ones do you think you will remember?
- Which ones do you think you will forget?
- Can you think of an equivalent expression in your language?
- Think of a way to remember each expression with your partner, you could relate it to a sound, a word in your language or maybe an image.
Give out the crossword handout and have them complete it in pairs without looking at the original handout. The first group to finish is the winner.
Students ask and answer the questions in pairs. Then feedback in open class.
Ask and answer the questions with your partner:
- Have you ever experienced a white Christmas? Where were you? What was it like?
- Do you try to pace yourself over the festive season? Or do you tend to overindulge?
- Who slaves over a hot stove in your family?
- Have you ever done a secret Santa? Who with? Who did you draw? Did you like the experience?
- Does your family pull out all the stops at Christmas?
- Do you get on with everyone in your family? Do you have to bury the hatchet with any family members at Christmas?
- Does anyone in your family give bad presents? What do you say when you receive a bad present? Have you ever taken a present back to the shop?
- What do you do to get into the Christmas spirit? Do you ever find it difficult?
- Are there any scrooges in your family?
- What’s the traditional Christmas dish in your culture? What are all the trimmings that go with it?
- Who gets showered with gifts in your household?
- Do you normally get tipsy at Christmas?
- How important is it to get together with your nearest and dearest at Christmas? Who do you normally spend Christmas with?
- How important is giving and receiving presents in your family? Is it really just the thought that counts?
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This is a lesson plan for higher level learners (C1+) in which students learn some common English proverbs. Download the worksheet and key below:
Match the different sentence halves to form English proverbs.
|1. Where there’s a will
2. Don’t look a gift horse
3. If it ain’t broke,
4. Beggars can’t
5. Too many cooks
6. There’s no such thing
7. People who live in glass houses
8. Two wrongs
9. The squeaky wheel
10. Don’t put all your eggs
11. Two heads
12. Don’t count your chickens
|a. Be choosers
b. Before they hatch
c. Spoil the broth
d. There’s a way
e. Are better than one
f. As a free lunch
g. In the mouth
h. In one basket
i. Shouldn’t throw stones
j. Gets the grease
k. Don’t fix it
l. Don’t make a right
Now match the proverb to its definition:
- Getting revenge will only make things worse.
- Don’t criticise people if you’ve got imperfections too.
- If something is working well, why change it?
- If you’re desperate you’re not in a position to be picky.
- If you complain about a situation you’re more likely to get better service.
- Have a backup plan. Don’t risk all of your money and time on one plan.
- If there are too many people involved in making a decision, it won’t turn out well.
- If someone gives you a present, don’t question it.
- Two people will probably solve a problem faster than one.
- Your plan might not work out. Don’t assume they are going to work out and start celebrating or planning the next step too early.
- If something is free, there’s normally a catch or hidden cost.
- If you really want something, you’ll find a way to achieve it.
- Which proverbs are the same in your language?
- In which ones is the meaning obvious?
- Which ones will you remember?
- Which ones will you forget?
- Which one is your favourite?
- What image do you associate with each proverb?
Match the picture to the proverb (only show up on the handout 😦 )
Match the scenario to proverb.
- Just because he cheated on you doesn’t mean you should cheat on him.
- The Christmas play is going to be awful because there are 5 different directors!
- I gave him my old bike for free and now he’s complaining about the tyres.
- I know they said we only have to go to the timeshare presentation to get the free camera but I smell a rat.
- I’ll ask Julia for what she thinks; we’ll work on it together.
- He’s desperate to go travelling in the summer but he’ll have to save up a lot of money first.
- Is your soup cold too? We should say something.
- You can talk Martin! You drink just as much as Tony does!
- I just think we should have something else up our sleeve if they don’t like the first idea.
- Hold your horses, we haven’t won the competition yet so stop planning how you’re going to spend the prize money.
- It’s the only room you can afford, so it’s take it or leave it I’m afraid.
- The new accounts system is working really well but I hear they’re thinking of changing it again.
In pairs, take it in turns to read out the first half of a proverb to your partner, they must complete it.
A: Too many cooks…
B: Spoil the broth.
Choose 3 proverbs and try to relate them to a time in your life. Write three sentences.
1. Two wrongs don’t make a right
2. People who live in glass houses…
3. If it ain’t broke…
4. Beggars can’t be choosers
5. The squeaky wheel
6. Don’t put all your eggs in…
7. Too many cooks…
8. Don’t look a gift horse…
9. Two heads are better than one
10. Don’t count your chickens…
11. There’s no such thing as a…
12. Where there’s a will…
1. Too many cooks…
2. Don’t put all your eggs…
3. Don’t count your chickens…
4. Don’t look a gift horse in…
5. People who live in…
6. 2 wrongs don’t make a right
7. 2 heads are better than 1
8. There’s no such thing as a free lunch
1. 2 wrongs don’t make a right
2. Too many cooks…
3. Don’t look a gift horse…
4. There’s no such thing as…
5. 2 heads are better than one
6. Where there’s a will there’s a way
7. The squeaky wheel…
8. People in glass houses…
9. Don’t put all your eggs in one…
10. Don’t count your chickens…
11. Beggars can’t be choosers
12. If it ain’t broke…