Volume 3, Number 2

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December 2010

 
An ESL / EFL Christmas Special

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1- LISTENING COMPREHENSION
World-english.org : Christmas Carol.
Presented by the Ohio University Telecommunication Center, here is a link to « A Christmas Story » by Charles Dickens, directed and narrated by Karen Chan. The story features one of the most memorable characters in all literature, Scrooge, who is portrayed by Joe Balding. Over three hours in length and divided into sixteen MP3 audio files to download for free, the audio book covers Dicken's classic story in its entirety. Advanced level, or for those who are already familiar with this classic.
http://www.world-english.org/christmas_carol.htm

2- READING
World-english.org:Christmas Carol. Here is a link to « A Christmas Story » by Charles Dickens. To read alone or along with the recording of the same story above. Advanced level or for all those who know this classic story.
http://gaslight.mtroyal.ab.ca/carol.htm

3- SPEAKING
Tefl.net : Christmas conversation.
For those of you who are voice chat users, who have study partners or have the oppotunity to talk with English speakers, here is a list of questions to start and stimulate a conversation about Christmas.
http://www.tefl.net/esl-lesson-plans/TBW_Christmas_Conversation.pdf


4- WRITING
SuperTeacherWorksheets.com:
Christmas Elf Strike. The next link will lead you to a printable illustrated sheet to write your own Christmas story about a labor dispute in the North Pole:

elf_on_strike

http://www.superteacherworksheets.com/writing-storypics/christmas-elfstrike-storypic.pdf

StorkAvenue.com : Christmas phrases. Another writing link for those of you who want to send Christmas cards or emails with appropriate greetings. You’ll find a comprehensive series of useful phrases for all tastes and needs.
http://www.storkavenue.com/phrases/index.html?content=christmas

5- GRAMMAR
SuperTeacherWorksheets.com:
Christmas Possessive Nouns Easy. The next link will lead you to a printable worksheet that will allow you to practice and master the possessive case in English. With grammatical explanations and an answer key. Beginner level.
http://www.superteacherworksheets.com/christmas/christmas-possessives-easy.pdf

SuperTeacherWorksheets.com: Christmas Possessive Nouns. Same kind of exercise as the previous link, but for intermediate level.
http://www.superteacherworksheets.com/christmas/christmas-possessives.pdf

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6- VOCABULARY
EnglishPage.com:
Christmas. Here you’ll find lists of Christmas vocabulary and adjectives followed by fill-in-the-blank exercises including hints and answers. Beginner and intermediate levels.
http://www.englishpage.com/holidays/christmas.html

7- PRONUNCIATION
YouTube.com:
Jingle Bells. Did you know that singing in English is a very effective way to improve your pronunciation? This next link features the famous song « Jingle Bells » including its lyrics to help you sing along. For all levels.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TeNJmOsBS94

XmasFun.com: Christmas Tongue Twisters. The next link offers you a series of hard-to-say sentences related to Christmas. These will help you improve your pronunciation by training your mouth muscles with sounds proper to English, but maybe not that common in your first language.
http://xmasfun.com/Fun/TongueTwisters.asp


8- ALL-IN-ONE CHISTMAS GOODY
Collège Gasny de Rouen:
Christmas Interactive Book. The following link will take you to a booklet prepared by Mrs Hacquet.The booklet has 27 pages. The first part is devoted to the vocabulary of Christmas with Match, Match and Listen, and Write exercises. You’ll find multi-tasks activities about Christmas objects, Christmas Eve and Christmas dinner traditions in several countries. Along with their recordings, you’ll get lyrics fill-in-the-blank exercises for two well-known Christmas songs. Each exercise is accompanied by automatic correction and your overall results are shown on the last page.
http://clg-gasny.ac-rouen.fr/public/interactive_book/christmas/christmas.html


 
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