I think most of them see it as a secular holiday, so I'm not too worried about having something religious in the class or anything. I'll probably just give a brief mention of the origins of Christmas in a powerpoint at the beginning, and otherwise focus on Santa and trees and traditional cultural stuff, not Jesus and Christianity at all.
I want a fun activity to do with them, too. I was thinking about making Christmas/Holiday cards. I'll give them a piece of paper (probably A-4 size, but nice, thick paper), and they have to color/write a holiday greeting on the front, then write a message inside. But... I don't know. I could do a lesson on letter writing, where we talking about writing, "Dear...," and different greetings, etc., but I'm pretty sure that's not going to be very useful for 99.9% of them! They're pretty low level, and I doubt any of them are writing to an English speaker any time soon. They usually like creative projects, though, so I think making cards would be fairly successful.
Does anyone have any other ideas or plans? I thought of writing letters to Santa, but that's better for little kids, I think, and I'm not sure it's very educational anyhow! Again, maybe if I wanted to teach my students letter formats.
There's a Mr. Bean Christmas episode (split up into 4 parts) on youtube, which I might show after finals are over and I can't get the kids to do anything else!
Hi! I'm Anna from Greece. A nice lesson for advanced students would be a combination of poetry ( The chimney sweeper by Blake) and discussion on child labor in Victorian era. You may see my post with related videos, click here Chestnut ESL. Hope I helped!
Interesting, thoughtful and intelligent blog, Anna! I hope everyone gets a chance to visit.
One thing I noticed about the structure of the site, with the drop down navigation menus... I can't see (or access) any drop down pages that would appear below the bottom of my screen. What I mean is the drop downs don't scroll. For example, I can only see down to Friendship under Themes. I finagled my screen view to see if I could access a little more... I could get down to Halloween, no further. I'm tired right now, I hope my explanation is clear enough!