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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


 

I love Christmas. It’s one of the best times of the year. It’s such a great time for everyone – kids and adults alike. The thing I like most about it is everyone getting together and eating and giving presents. When I was a kid, Christmas was an amazing occasion. We’d spend weeks at school making decorations, singing Christmas carols and practicing to perform in the nativity play. As I got older, I enjoyed giving presents more than receiving them. Even though Xmas shopping is stressful, it can be fun trying to find the perfect present for my children. One thing that has stayed with me since I was a child is my love of Christmas dinner. It has to be my favourite meal ever. Christmas just isn’t Christmas without roast turkey.

I’m sure Christmas brings the same happy feelings wherever it is celebrated. I hope it continues to keep its message of love and peace. The Christmas spirit is very important. Nowadays it seems to get a bit lost. Everyone is so busy buying presents they forget the true meaning of Christmas. I spent quite a few Christmases in Japan, which was interesting. Everything looked as Christmassy as in England. The stores even had Frosty the Snowman playing. People bought presents and had a party, but then they went for a Kentucky Fried Chicken dinner. One thing I would like to experience is Christmas on the beach in Australia. I can’t imagine Christmas being so hot. But then I suppose it wasn’t that cold in Bethlehem when Jesus was born.

Sources: http://www.wikipedia.org/ and assorted sites.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

It’s one of the best

a.

everyone getting together

2

The thing I like most about it is

b.

making decorations

3.

We’d spend weeks at school

c.

without roast turkey

4.

it can be fun trying to find the

d.

favourite meal ever

5.

It has to be my

e.

times of the year

6.

Christmas just isn’t Christmas

f.

perfect present

 

Paragraph 2

1.

Christmas brings the same happy feelings

a.

meaning of Christmas

2

The Christmas spirit is

b.

beach in Australia

3.

they forget the true

c.

being so hot

4.

Everything looked as

d.

wherever it is celebrated

5.

Christmas on the

e.

very important

6.

I can’t imagine Christmas

f.

Christmassy as in England


LISTENING GAP FILL

I love Christmas. It’s _________________ times of the year. It’s such a great time for everyone – kids and adults alike. The thing I like _________________ everyone getting together and eating and giving presents. When I was a kid, Christmas was an amazing occasion. We’d spend weeks at school making decorations, singing Christmas carols and practicing _________________ nativity play. As I got older, I enjoyed giving presents more than receiving them. Even though Xmas shopping is stressful, it can be _________________ the perfect present for my children. One thing that has stayed with me since I was a child is my love of Christmas dinner. _________________ favourite meal ever. Christmas just isn’t Christmas without roast turkey.

I’m sure Christmas brings the same happy feelings _______________ celebrated. I hope it continues to keep its message of love and peace. The Christmas _______________ important. Nowadays it seems to get a bit lost. Everyone is so busy buying presents they _______________ meaning of Christmas. I spent quite a few Christmases in Japan, which was interesting. Everything looked as Christmassy as in England. The _______________ Frosty the Snowman playing. People bought presents and had a party, but then they went for a Kentucky Fried Chicken dinner. One thing I would like to experience is Christmas on the beach in Australia. I can’t imagine Christmas being so hot. But then I suppose it _______________ in Bethlehem when Jesus was born.


WHILE READING / LISTENING GAP FILL

Put the words into the gaps in the text.

I love Christmas. It’s one of the __________ times of the year. It’s such a great time for everyone – kids and adults __________. The thing I like most about it is everyone getting together and eating and giving presents. When I was a __________, Christmas was an amazing occasion. We’d spend weeks at school __________ decorations, singing Christmas carols and practicing to perform in the nativity play. As I got older, I __________ giving presents more than receiving them. Even though Xmas shopping is __________, it can be fun trying to find the perfect present for my children. One thing that has __________ with me since I was a child is my love of Christmas dinner. It has to be my favourite meal ever. Christmas just isn’t Christmas __________ roast turkey.

 

 

 

stayed
kid
best
stressful
enjoyed
alike
without
making

I’m sure Christmas __________ the same happy feelings wherever it is celebrated. I hope it continues to keep its message of love and __________. The Christmas spirit is very important. Nowadays it seems to get a bit __________. Everyone is so busy buying presents they forget the true meaning of Christmas. I spent __________ a few Christmases in Japan, which was interesting. Everything looked as Christmassy as in England. The stores __________ had Frosty the Snowman playing. People bought presents and had a party, but then they went for a Kentucky Fried Chicken dinner. One __________ I would like to experience is Christmas on the beach in Australia. I can’t __________ Christmas being so hot. But then I __________ it wasn’t that cold in Bethlehem when Jesus was born.

 

 

even
 
peace
quite
imagine
brings
thing
suppose
lost


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

Delete the wrong word in each of the pairs of italics.

I love Christmas. It’s one of the best times / time of the year. It’s such a great time for everyone – kids and adults alike. The thing I like most about it is everyone getting together and eating and given / giving presents. When I was a kid, Christmas was an amazing occasion. We’d spend weeks at / on school making decorations, singing Christmas carols and practicing to perform in the nativity play. As I got / get older, I enjoyed giving presents more than receiving it / them. Even though / through Xmas shopping is stressful, it can be fun trying to find the perfect present for my children. One thing that has stayed with me for / since I was a child is my love of Christmas dinner. It has to be my favourite meal ever. Christmas just / only isn’t Christmas without roast turkey.

I’m sure Christmas brings / bring the same happy feelings wherever it is celebrated. I hope it continues to keep its / it’s message of love and peace. The Christmas spirit is very important. Nowadays it seems to get a bite / bit lost. Everyone is so busy buying presents they forget the true / truth meaning of Christmas. I spent quite a few Christmases in Japan, which was interesting. Everything looked as Christmas / Christmassy as in England. The stores even had Frosty the Snowman playing. People bought presents and had a party, but then they went for / from a Kentucky Fried Chicken dinner. One thing I would like to experience is Christmas on the beach in Australia. I can’t imagine Christmas being so / such hot. But then I suppose it wasn’t this / that cold in Bethlehem when Jesus was born.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

I love Christmas. It’s one of the (1) ____ times of the year. It’s such a great time for everyone – kids and adults (2) ____. The thing I like most about it is everyone getting together and eating and giving presents. When I was a kid, Christmas was an amazing (3) ____. We’d spend weeks at school making decorations, singing Christmas carols and practicing to (4) ____ in the nativity play. As I got older, I enjoyed giving presents more than receiving (5) ____. Even though Xmas shopping is stressful, it can be fun trying to find the perfect present for my children. One thing that has stayed with me since I was a child is my love of Christmas dinner. It has to be my favourite meal (6) ____. Christmas just isn’t Christmas without roast turkey.

I’m sure Christmas brings the same (7) ____ feelings wherever it is celebrated. I hope it continues to keep its message of love and peace. The Christmas (8) ____ is very important. Nowadays it seems to get a bit lost. Everyone is (9) ____ busy buying presents they forget the true meaning of Christmas. I spent quite a few Christmases in Japan, which was interesting. Everything looked as Christmassy as in England. The stores even (10) ____ Frosty the Snowman playing. People bought presents and had a party, but then they went for a Kentucky Fried Chicken dinner. One thing I would like to experience is Christmas on the beach in Australia. I can’t (11) ____ Christmas being so hot. But then I (12) ____ it wasn’t that cold in Bethlehem when Jesus was born.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

bust

(b)

best

(c)

beast

(d)

boast

2.

(a)

alike

(b)

like

(c)

liken

(d)

likely

3.

(a)

occasionally

(b)

occasions

(c)

occasioned

(d)

occasion

4.

(a)

performance

(b)

performs

(c)

perform

(d)

performer

5.

(a)

it

(b)

them

(c)

they

(d)

these

6.

(a)

ever

(b)

even

(c)

never

(d)

every

7.

(a)

happy

(b)

happily

(c)

happiness

(d)

happier

8.

(a)

spirits

(b)

spirited

(c)

spirit

(d)

spiritual

9.

(a)

so-so

(b)

such

(c)

so-called

(d)

so

10.

(a)

has

(b)

having

(c)

had

(d)

have to

11.

(a)

imagination

(b)

imagine

(c)

imagined

(d)

imagines

12.

(a)

supposedly

(b)

supposes

(c)

supposing

(d)

suppose


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

It’s such a great time for eyvnreeo

2.

everyone etnggti together and eating and giving presents

3.

When I was a kid, Christmas was an amazing cioocsna

4.

Xmas shopping is lsstusfer

5.

trying to find the tecfrep present for my children

6.

Christmas just isn’t Christmas without roast ektyru

 

Paragraph 2

7.

happy igfelens

8.

its sgesame of love and peace

9.

the true eganmni of Christmas

10.

The oetssr even had Frosty the Snowman playing

11.

I would like to npxreceiee is Christmas on the beach

12.

But then I upessop it wasn’t that cold in Bethlehem


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

everyone – kids and adults alike. The thing I like most about it is everyone getting together and eating and giving

(    )

imagine Christmas being so hot. But then I suppose it wasn’t that cold in Bethlehem when Jesus was born.

(    )

Christmases in Japan, which was interesting. Everything looked as Christmassy as in England. The stores even had

(    )

of love and peace. The Christmas spirit is very important. Nowadays it seems to get a bit

(    )

singing Christmas carols and practicing to perform in the nativity play. As I got older, I enjoyed giving

(    )

I’m sure Christmas brings the same happy feelings wherever it is celebrated. I hope it continues to keep its message

(    )

presents. When I was a kid, Christmas was an amazing occasion. We’d spend weeks at school making decorations,

(    )

lost. Everyone is so busy buying presents they forget the true meaning of Christmas. I spent quite a few

1  )

I love Christmas. It’s one of the best times of the year. It’s such a great time for

(    )

my children. One thing that has stayed with me since I was a child is my love of Christmas

(    )

Frosty the Snowman playing. People bought presents and had a party, but then they went for a Kentucky

(    )

presents more than receiving them. Even though Xmas shopping is stressful, it can be fun trying to find the perfect present for

(    )

Fried Chicken dinner. One thing I would like to experience is Christmas on the beach in Australia. I can’t

(    )

dinner. It has to be my favourite meal ever. Christmas just isn’t Christmas without roast turkey.


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

With a partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

of    of    the    the    year    best    It’s    times    one

2.

weeks    school    decorations    spend    at    making    We’d

3.

I    them    receiving    than    more    presents    giving    enjoyed

4.

find    my    the    children    perfect    trying    present    to    for

5.

Christmas    roast    Christmas    isn’t    without    turkey    just

6.

feelings    happy    same    the    brings    Christmas    sure    I’m

7.

peace    to    message    and    continues    its    love    it    keep    of

8.

Christmas    forget    true    of    they    the    meaning

9.

I    Japan    in    Christmases    few    a    quite    spent

10.

that    wasn’t    it    suppose    I    Bethlehem    in    cold


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

________________________________________________________

6.

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THE CHRISTMAS DAY SURVEY

Write five questions about Christmas Day in the table. Do this in pairs/groups. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper.

Without your partner, interview other students. Write down their answers.

 

STUDENT 1

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STUDENT 2

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STUDENT 3

_____________

Q.1.

 

 

 

 

Q.2.

 

 

 

 

Q.3.

 

 

 

 

Q.4.

 

 

 

 

Q.5.

 

 

 

 

Return to your original partner(s) and share and talk about what you found out.  Make mini-presentations to other groups on your findings.


WRITING

Write about Christmas Day for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.

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HOMEWORK

1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find more information about Christmas Day. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about Christmas Day. Write about what happens around the world. Include two imaginary interviews with people who did something on this day.

Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. POSTER: Make your own poster about Christmas Day. Write about what will happen on this day around the world.

Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

ANSWERS

Check your answers in "THE READING / TAPESCRIPT" section at the top of this page.


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