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Saturday, December 14, 2013

John Lennon: Happy Christmas from ESL video


No Internet access in the classroom? Use PDF version
Special Occasion:  Christmas
Level: lower intermediate and higher
Source: ESL video. To see the task  on ESL video, click HERE

All materials I propose are from ESL VIDE.
I have added some pictures to help students with difficult vocabulary (on blog entry below and on the photocopiable version) 

  • DOWNLOAD MATERIALS (video and photocopiable worksheet if needed)  HERE

Procedure: Students read the questions before listening to the song. Students try to guess the correct answer. Students listen to the song and check their answers
OPTION A)
  • Project Video and questons on the White Board using this blog entry (you need a good internet connection)
OPTION B)
  • Download the photocopiable  pdf and video and either make photocopies or project questions on the board (you don't need to have internet access in the classroom) 
OPTION C)
  •  Go to the ESL video page  ( click HERE) and project the video and questions.Note that there is not vocabulary help with pictures if you choose this option
DOWNLOAD MATERIALS (video and photocopiable worksheet if needed) HERE 

This is the video. Questions follow








Din= big noise
Questions (taken from the ESL video webpage):


1. So this is Christmas and what have you ______?

  1. din
  2. dun
  3. done
Gun

2. Another year over, and a new one just _____

  1. begin
  2. began
  3. begun


Rear of the horse 




3. So this is Christmas, I hope you have _____

  1. sun
  2. gun
  3. fun

    4. The near and the ____ one, the old and the young


    1. dear
    2.  far
    3. rear



    Eloping in front of desperate father 






    5. A very merry Christmas and a happy New ____

    1. Beer
    2. Dear
    3. Year

    6. Let's ____ it's a good one without any fear

    1. cope
    2. elope
    3. hope
    Bomb and wick


    7. And so this is Christmas for ______ and for strong


    1.  week
    2.  wick 
    3. weak

    To pour (a sauce, a drink...)

    8. For rich and the ____ ones, the world is so wrong

    1. pour
    2. peer
    3. poor







    9. And so happy Christmas, for black and for ______

    1. white
    2.  right
    3. Freight = cargo
    4.  light

    10. For yellow and red ones, let's stop all the _____


    1. fight
    2. fright
    3. freight
     
    11. A very _____ Christmas and a happy New Year

    1.  weary
    2. teary
    3. Fear
      Very tired
    4. merry

    12. Let's hope it's a good one without any _____

    1.  beer
    2.  tear
    3.  fear


    Tear





    CHORUS SING ALONG!!
    And so this is Christmas and what have we done. another year over and a new one just begun. And so happy Christmas. I hope you have fun. the near and the dear one, the old and the young. A very merry Christmas and a happy New Year. Let's hope it's a good one without any fear.



    DOWNLOAD MATERIALS (video and photocopiable worksheet) HERE 

    Answer Key


    1. So this is Christmas and what have you ______?
    done
    2. Another year over, and a new one just _____
     begun
    3. So this is Christmas, I hope you have _____
    fun
    4. The near and the ____ one, the old and the young
     dear
    5. A very merry Christmas and a happy New ____
     Year
    6. Let's ____ it's a good one without any fear
     hope
    7. And so this is Christmas for ______ and for strong
     weak
    8. For rich and the ____ ones, the world is so wrong
    poor
    9. And so happy Christmas, for black and for ______
    white
    10. For yellow and red ones, let's stop all the _____
     fight
    11. A very _____ Christmas and a happy New Year
     merry
    12. Let's hope it's a good one without any _____
    fear



    SONG TRANSCRIPT
    Happy Christmas - War is Over
    So this is Christmas
    And what have you done?
    Another year over
    And a new one just begun

    And so this is Christmas
    I hope you have fun
    The near and the dear ones
    The old and the young

    A very merry Christmas
    And a happy New Year
    Let's hope it's a good one
    Without any fear

    And so this is Christmas
    For weak and for strong
    The rich and the poor ones
    The world is so wrong

    And so happy Christmas
    For black and for white
    For the yellow and red ones
    Let's stop all the fight

    A very merry Christmas
    And a happy New Year
    Let's hope it's a good one
    Without any fear

    And so this is Christmas
    And what have we done?
    Another year over
    And a new one just begun

    And so happy Christmas
    We hope you have fun
    The near and the dear ones
    The old and the young

    A very merry Christmas
    And a a happy New Year
    Let's hope it's a good one
    Without any fear

    War is over
    If you want it
    War is over
    NOW

    Monday, November 25, 2013

    Stereotypes: First thing that comes to your head when you think of England...

    One minute express English video. National Stereotypes. 

    Aim: students talk about stereotypes
    Level: from basic to higher intermediate
    Procedure:
    • ask  the following question to the students/give the students time to write down their answers
    What do you think of when you see the word
     ENGLAND
    • students compare their answers
    • studedents compare their answer and the  answers of  London dwellers in the video

    THIS  IS WHAT PEOPLE FROM LONDON SAID:



    Video Source : BBC express English HERE
    Go  HERE to download the script too

    Extension for Multicultural classrooms

    1. Give students countries,  continents or world areas that are not their own but that are present in the classroom 
    2. Ask the same question:  What do you think of when you see the word: ..............................
    3. Students from those areas tell us whether the information their classmates gave is accurate
     


    Sunday, November 24, 2013

    Third Conditional Drill. The story of Penelope and Ferdinand + three wishes extension

    OLD TASK WITH EXTENSION EXERCISE ADDED. CHECK THIS AGAIN!!

    Aim: practice the third conditional structure

    Procedure: teacher tells students an extravagant story, which includes an evitable death. The plot is devised in such a way that various characters (or weather conditions) could be blamed for the demise of one of the characters.
    Ask students to take notes as you tell them the story. Otherwise they will forget the plot.
    When the teacher finishes telling the story, students work in pairs to decide who is to blame and why. They need to produce several different sentences.


    Sample sentences you may expect from your students:
    • Caroline is guilty: If she had not said anything about Ferdinand and Penelope, Gabriela would not have listened. 
    • Ferdinand is to blame:  If he has not driven fast, the car would not have crashed.

    This can be your  base story. Adapt it to the level of your students.

    The story

    A friend of mine has just died. I am going to tell you how it happened.

    My friend’s name was Ferdinand. Not a long time ago he started dating a girl, whose name is Penelope. Penelope’s family is really upper class and since Ferdinand was the son of the baker, Penelope’s mother disapproved of their relationship. Last week the mother, Caroline, said publicly that Ferdinand was not worth of her daughter. She said this aloud while shopping on market day. Unfortunately Ferdinand’s cousin, Gabriela, was among the listeners. Gabriela could not help but tell Ferdinand about the gossip in the market...

    Click HERE to download the rest of the story.

    EXTENSION: 
    THREE WISHES 1 minute  VIDEO  by BBC Express English
    Procedure:
    • Ask the students this question:


    IF YOU HAD THREE WISHES WHAT WOULD THEY BE? 
    • Watch BBC three wishes video
    • Compare your answers 

       
      
    Video source. BBC Learning English HERE