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This is another Christmas themed lesson plan for intermediate (B1+) teenagers and adults. Students will be required to use smartphones, tablets or laptops as part of the activity. Download the lesson plan below:
Tell your partner about your most memorable Christmas ever.
Report back in open class.
Planning the perfect Christmas
Put students in pairs or groups of 3. Write a range of amounts of money on small pieces of paper, for example: €100, €1000, €10,000, €100,000. Put the pieces of paper in a hat, each team picks a piece of paper.
The amount of money that they have picked is their budget for the magical Christmas they are going to plan. They should plan a week of activities, from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Eve. Students can use the internet to research what they are going to do with their money: book flights to or a hotel in an exotic destination, book tables in fancy restaurants, organise interesting activities etc. The only rule is that they can’t go over budget AND they must speak in English the whole time, project the language for making and responding to suggestions below onto the board.
To be nice to the group that drew the €100 you could let them come up with a money making scheme such as baking and selling cookies in order to get more money. Encourage them to use their imagination, be creative and also, decide what the most important thing about Christmas is to them. Students have 20-30 minutes to plan.
|Making suggestions||Accepting suggestions||Rejecting suggestions|
|How/what about …ing…?
Why don’t we…?
I reckon/think we should/ought to….
What do you think about …ing?
|That’s a great idea!
I was thinking the same thing.
You took the words right out my mouth.
|That’s a terrible idea.
Are you joking?
Don’t be silly.
I’m not sure about that.
It’ll be too cold/expensive etc.
After 20-30 minutes students present their plans to the rest of the class and explain their reasons:
“We’ve decided to spend Christmas in Germany because we want to visit the famous Christmas markets”
After all the presentations, students vote on the plan that they like best.