Video Length: 2:27
Updated on: 12/10/2023
Lesson Time: 1–2 hrs.
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This December celebrations ESL lesson plan contains activities, PDF worksheets, and digital materials for C1 advanced students. By the end of the lesson, students will be able to describe a variety of holidays that are celebrated in the month of December in addition to just Christmas. They will also be able to talk about the cultural, historical, spiritual/religious significance of each holiday and what makes them unique. They will learn some history behind these holidays as well.
At the start of this December celebrations ESL lesson plan, students write a holiday they celebrate in December. Then, they discuss some topics involved with this holiday (such as family, community, food, and heritage). They continue on to an activity in which they discuss what kind of rituals this holiday involves — such as lighting candles, exchanging gits, commemorating past events, or praying and worshipping. There are some images in the third exercise that students describe. They each show a holiday that is celebrated in December, and they must identify the holiday if they recognize it. They make some predictions about them if they don't recognize them.
Students watch a video featuring a variety of speakers from different cultural backgrounds. These speakers describe the holidays in December that they celebrate. These include Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. They mention the signifcance of these holidays, the traditions and rituals associated with them, as well as some misconceptions about them. At the end, the speakers describe what binds all of these December celebrations together. Students answer some questions, and then must choose the words they hear the speakers use in some sentences.
After watching the video, students read and analyze the sentences from the second part of the viewing activity described above. They must try to define the highlighted words, and they answer some questions about these vocabulary terms.
Students proceed to do a vocabulary matching activity that features words like:
Menorah - persecution - triumph - the winter solstice - enlightenment - ancestors - meditation - Lord Ganesha
This prepares students for the second video they watch on other celebrations around the world that take place in December.
Students watch a second video. In the video, a reporter discusses a few other celebrations around the world celebrated in December, including:
Students take some notes on the history, dates, and traditions of these celebrations and have a discussion about them.
The bonus grammar activity featured in this holiday season ESL lesson focuses on the participial phrases. See the example:
"Founded by a western convert named Robert Hansen, Pancha Ganapati is meant to be a Hindu alternative to western December holidays.”
Students do an activity on participial phrases in which they must convert two sentences into one, and use a participial phrase in it.
Cultural Awareness: The lesson plan exposes students to a diverse range of December celebrations beyond Christmas, fostering cultural awareness and appreciation for various traditions around the world.
Critical Thinking: The discussion activities encourage students to think critically about the cultural, historical, and spiritual aspects of different holidays. Analyzing images and making predictions further stimulates their critical thinking skills.
Vocabulary: The lesson plan includes vocabulary activities that expose students to terms related to diverse celebrations, fostering vocabulary expansion. The matching activity reinforces understanding and usage of these terms.
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