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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


 

Christmas Eve is, of course, the day before Christmas Day. It’s quite a busy day for most people who celebrate Christmas. There are so many things to do – usually last minute things. For example, you have to quickly send a Christmas card to people you forgot, especially when they sent you one. You also have to do last minute Christmas shopping. I always find Christmas Eve afternoon is a good time to shop. Many people think this is a busy time, but the Christmas rush is over and the shops are quite empty. You just have to hope they haven’t run out of wrapping paper and sellotape. Then you have to go home and wrap all of your presents and put them under the Christmas tree in the living room. It’s such a lovely sight seeing a decorated tree with lots of wrapped boxes and parcels under it.

Christmas Eve is not the same in all countries. In Denmark, for example, Christmas Eve is when people have Christmas dinner and open their presents. I think most people go to midnight mass on Christmas Eve. This is a special church service held at midnight to remember the birth of Jesus. I think one of the oldest jokes in the world is: “What time is Midnight Mass?” It’s an easy joke to figure out. Of course, Christmas Eve is the busiest night of the year for Santa Claus. People in England call him Father Christmas. If you look really carefully, you’ll see him flying through the air on his sleigh full of presents. He used to climb down people’s chimneys to deliver his presents. I’m not sure what he does nowadays because people don’t have chimneys.

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 quite a busy day for

a.

run out

2

There are so many

b.

most people

3.

You also have to do last

c.

quite empty

4.

the shops are

d.

lovely sight

5.

You just have to hope they haven’t

e.

things to do

6.

It’s such a

f.

minute Christmas shopping

 

Paragraph 2

1.

Christmas Eve is not the

a.

through the air

2

have Christmas dinner and open

b.

the year

3.

one of the oldest jokes

c.

nowadays

4.

the busiest night of

d.

same in all countries

5.

you’ll see him flying

e.

in the world

6.

I’m not sure what he does

f.

their presents


LISTENING GAP FILL

Christmas Eve is, of course, the day before Christmas Day. It’s quite a __________________ people who celebrate Christmas. There are so many things to do – usually last minute things. For example, you have to quickly send a Christmas card to people you forgot, especially when they sent you one. You also have __________________ Christmas shopping. I always find Christmas Eve afternoon is a good time to shop. Many people think this is a busy time, but the Christmas __________________ shops are quite empty. You just have to hope they haven’t run out of wrapping paper and sellotape. Then you have to go home __________________ your presents and put them under the Christmas tree in the living room. It’s such a lovely sight seeing a decorated tree with lots of wrapped boxes __________________.

Christmas Eve is __________________ all countries. In Denmark, for example, Christmas Eve is when people have Christmas dinner and open their presents. I think most people go to midnight mass on Christmas Eve. This is a special church __________________ midnight to remember the birth of Jesus. I think one of the oldest jokes in the world is: “What time is Midnight Mass?” It’s an easy joke to figure out. Of course, Christmas Eve is the busiest __________________ for Santa Claus. People in England call him Father Christmas. If you look really carefully, you’ll see him flying __________________ his sleigh full of presents. He used to climb down people’s chimneys to deliver his presents. __________________ he does nowadays because people don’t have chimneys.


WHILE READING / LISTENING GAP FILL

Put the words into the gaps in the text.

Christmas Eve is, of __________, the day before Christmas Day. It’s quite a busy day for most people who celebrate Christmas. There are so __________ things to do – usually last minute things. For example, you have to quickly send a Christmas card to people you __________, especially when they __________ you one. You also have to do last minute Christmas shopping. I always find Christmas Eve afternoon is a good time to __________. Many people think this is a busy time, but the Christmas __________ is over and the shops are quite empty. You just have to hope they haven’t run out of wrapping paper and sellotape. Then you have to go home and __________ all of your presents and put them under the Christmas tree in the living room. It’s such a __________ sight seeing a decorated tree with lots of wrapped boxes and parcels under it.

 

 

 

rush
sent
lovely
forgot
course
wrap
shop
many

Christmas Eve is not the __________ in all countries. In Denmark, for example, Christmas Eve is when people have Christmas dinner and __________ their presents. I think most people go to midnight mass on Christmas Eve. This is a special church service __________ at midnight to remember the birth of Jesus. I think one of the oldest __________ in the world is: “What time is Midnight Mass?” It’s an easy joke to __________ out. Of course, Christmas Eve is the busiest night of the year for Santa Claus. People in England __________ him Father Christmas. If you look really carefully, you’ll see him flying through the air on his sleigh __________ of presents. He used to climb down people’s chimneys to deliver his presents. I’m not sure what he does __________ because people don’t have chimneys.

 

 

jokes
nowadays
open
call
same
figure
full
held


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

Christmas Eve is, of course, the day / days before Christmas Day. It’s quite a busy day for most people who celebrate Christmas. There are so many things to do – usually last / lastly minute things. For example, you have to quickly sent / send a Christmas card to people you forgot, especially when they sent you ones / one. You also have to do last minute Christmas shopping. I always find Christmas Eve afternoon is a good time to shop. Many people think this is a busy time, but the Christmas rushed / rush is over and the shops are quite / quiet empty. You just have to hope they haven’t run out of wrapping paper and sellotape. Then you have to go home and wrap all / every of your presents and put them under the Christmas tree in the living room. It’s such a lovely / lovelier sight seeing a decorated tree with lots of wrapped boxes and parcels under it.

Christmas Eve is not the some / same in all countries. In Denmark, for example, Christmas Eve is when people have Christmas dinner and open / opening their presents. I think most people go to midnight mass in / on Christmas Eve. This is a special church service holding / held at midnight to remember the birth of Jesus. I think one of the oldest jokes / joking in the world is: “What time is Midnight Mass?” It’s an easy joke to figure out. Of course, Christmas Eve is the busiest night of the year for Santa Claus. People in England caller / call him Father Christmas. If you look really carefully, you’ll see him flying through the air on his sleigh full / filled of presents. He used to climb down people’s chimneys to deliver / delivery his presents. I’m not sure what he does nowadays because people don’t have chimneys.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

Christmas Eve is, of course, the day before Christmas Day. It’s (1) ____ a busy day for most people who celebrate Christmas. There are so many things to do – usually (2) ____ minute things. For example, you have to quickly send a Christmas card to people you (3) ____, especially when they sent you one. You also have to do last minute Christmas shopping. I always (4) ____ Christmas Eve afternoon is a good time to shop. Many people think this is a busy time, but the Christmas (5) ____ is over and the shops are quite empty. You just have to hope they haven’t run out of wrapping paper and sellotape. Then you have to go home and wrap all of your presents and put them under the Christmas tree in the living room. It’s such a (6) ____ sight seeing a decorated tree with lots of wrapped boxes and parcels under it.

Christmas Eve is not the same in (7) ____ countries. In Denmark, for example, Christmas Eve is when people have Christmas dinner and open   (8) ____ presents. I think most people go to midnight mass on Christmas Eve. This is a special church service held at midnight to (9) ____ the birth of Jesus. I think one of the oldest jokes in the world is: “What time is Midnight Mass?” It’s an easy joke to (10) ____ out. Of course, Christmas Eve is the busiest night of the year for Santa Claus. People in England call him Father Christmas. If you look really (11) ____, you’ll see him flying through the air on his sleigh full of presents. He used to climb down people’s chimneys to (12) ____ his presents. I’m not sure what he does nowadays because people don’t have chimneys.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

quite

(b)

quit

(c)

quiet

(d)

quits

2.

(a)

least

(b)

last

(c)

lasting

(d)

lastly

3.

(a)

forget

(b)

forgotten

(c)

forgetful

(d)

forgot

4.

(a)

found

(b)

finds

(c)

find

(d)

findings

5.

(a)

rushed

(b)

rush

(c)

rushing

(d)

rushes

6.

(a)

lovely

(b)

lovelier

(c)

love

(d)

lover

7.

(a)

whole

(b)

every

(c)

the

(d)

all

8.

(a)

they

(b)

them

(c)

their

(d)

these

9.

(a)

memory

(b)

remember

(c)

memories

(d)

memorize

10.

(a)

figures

(b)

figured

(c)

figuring

(d)

figure

11.

(a)

carefully

(b)

careful

(c)

careless

(d)

care

12.

(a)

delivery

(b)

delivered

(c)

delivering

(d)

deliver


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

It’s quite a busy day for most people

2.

last minute things

3.

the Christmas rush is over

4.

run out of wrapping paper and sellotape

5.

a decorated tree

6.

lots of wrapped boxes and parcels

 

Paragraph 2

7.

not the same in all countries

8.

a special church service

9.

one of the oldest jokes in the world

10.

It’s an easy joke to figure out

11.

the busiest night of the year

12.

deliver his presents


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

Christmas dinner and open their presents. I think most people go to midnight mass on Christmas Eve. This is a special

(    )

shopping. I always find Christmas Eve afternoon is a good time to shop. Many people think this is a busy time, but the

(    )

him flying through the air on his sleigh full of presents. He used to climb down people’s chimneys to

1  )

Christmas Eve is, of course, the day before Christmas Day. It’s quite a busy day for most people who celebrate

(    )

world is: “What time is Midnight Mass?” It’s an easy joke to figure out. Of course, Christmas Eve is the busiest

(    )

Christmas. There are so many things to do – usually last minute things. For example, you have to quickly send a

(    )

paper and sellotape. Then you have to go home and wrap all of your presents and put them under the Christmas

(    )

night of the year for Santa Claus. People in England call him Father Christmas. If you look really carefully, you’ll see

(    )

Christmas Eve is not the same in all countries. In Denmark, for example, Christmas Eve is when people have

(    )

church service held at midnight to remember the birth of Jesus. I think one of the oldest jokes in the

(    )

tree in the living room. It’s such a lovely sight seeing a decorated tree with lots of wrapped boxes and parcels under it.

(    )

Christmas rush is over and the shops are quite empty. You just have to hope they haven’t run out of wrapping

(    )

Christmas card to people you forgot, especially when they sent you one. You also have to do last minute Christmas

(    )

deliver his presents. I’m not sure what he does nowadays because people don’t have chimneys.


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

most    for    day    busy    a    quite    It’s    people

2.

you    Christmas    forgot    card    quickly    to    send    people    a

3.

last    also    minute    have    Christmas    to    shopping    do    You

4.

quite   empty   the   Christmas   rush   is   over   and   the   shops   are

5.

you    have    to    go    home    and    wrap    all    of    your    presents

6.

Eve    in    is    all    not    countries    the    Christmas    same

7.

midnight    special    service    at    a    church    held

8.

an    joke    figure    It’s    easy    to    out

9.

the    the    year    busiest    for    night    Santa    of    Claus

10.

chimneys    used    climb    people’s    He    to    down


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.

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6.

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THE CHRISTMAS EVE SURVEY

Write five questions about Christmas Eve 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

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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 Eve 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 Eve. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about Christmas Eve. 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 Eve. 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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