These two very different activities by Larissa Albano and Steve Muir take Christmas television commercials and use them for engaging and enjoyable language learning activities.

These two very different activities by Larissa Albano and Steve Muir take Christmas television commercials and use them for engaging and enjoyable language learning activities.

The first, by Larissa, uses a video tool called Educanon, which allows teachers to insert pauses at different points in the advert. With each pause, students are asked a pre-written question and invited to give their response.

Steve's lesson plan is inspired by Jamie Keddie's Videotelling idea and is suitable for teens and adults B1 and above. Using the commercial to explore the theme of friendship and Christmas, this lesson plan is a great way to get your students thinking and visualising a story in their heads before watching the short video to compare. 

You can download both activities here:

Larissa's activity

Steve's lesson plan

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