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Christmas

Theme: Christmas
Lexical area: Christmas vocabulary

This is a Christmas lesson in which students will review Christmas vocabulary, find out about Christmas celebrations around the world, read a text about people’s attitudes to Christmas in the UK, write a Christmas themed poem and talk about unusual Christmas gifts. There are a range of activities which would be suitable for different age groups, and the opportunity for students to do some more creative Christmas activities.

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Halloween

Theme: Halloween
Lexical area: Superstition
Cross curricular links: Personal and social education

Introduction
Halloween is coming up on 31st October and that gives us a handy theme to work from in oral classes. This event is becoming increasingly popular amongst teenagers in Europe and judging from the merchandise available, it has an increasingly American flavour.

Here are just some ideas of the things you can do with Halloween! If you're looking for stories or materials to use with these activities, look at the websites listed at the end.

1. Origins of festivals

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Summer festivals in Britain

Age range: 12 - adult
Theme: Summer festivals
Lexical area: Special events

In this lesson students will discuss what the key ingredients of a summer festival are, read some fact files about popular summer festivals in the UK and decide which one they would like to go to, read and find out information about the Glastonbury Festival, and finally get creative and design their own summer festival.

Aims:
• To practise speaking skills through discussion
• To practise reading skills
• To practise skimming texts for information
• To plan a festival in a group

Age group: 12- adult

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Easter

Theme: Easter 
Lexical area: Easter vocabulary

This is an Easter lesson which focuses on a range of language skills. It is aimed at lower levels but the activities could be easily adapted to suit higher levels. Students will review vcoabulary related to Easter, practise using prepositions of place in a classroom Easter egg hunt, read a text about Easter traditions in the UK and look at a typical British Easter menú. Finally students will write a short Easter poem.

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April Fool’s Day

Theme: April Fool’s Day
Lexical area: Jokes and hoaxes.

In this lesson students will learn about April Fool’s Day in the UK. They will discuss whether they have a similar day in their country, read about attitudes to April Fool’s Day in the UK, read about and then explain some famous April Fool’s Day tricks and finally come up with their own trick to play on someone else.


Aims:
• To practise speaking skills
• To practise reading skills
• To learn vocabulary related to April Fool’s Day

Age group: 12- adult


Level: A2/ B1

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Valentine’s Day

Theme: Valentine's Day
Lexical area: Love, dating and romance

Did you know that in the UK we spend about £503m on cards, flowers, chocolates and other gifts for Valentine's Day? This lesson is designed to be used near the date of Valentine's Day (February 14th) to talk about the topic of love and romance.

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Special Days and Greeting Cards

Age range: 12 - adult
Theme: Special days and greeting cards

Instructions for language assistants in Italics

Introduction:
This lesson can be used at any time of year but you may like to tie it in with a special day in the country you're working in or with a special day in the UK. If you do this, pick and choose some of the activities here to extend your lesson.

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New Year's resolutions

Theme: New Year traditions and New Year resolutions. Reviewing the year, talking about past events, talking about intentions.
Lexical area: spare time activities, ways of celebrating
Cross curricular links:
 Personal and social education

In this lesson, students discuss how they celebrate New Year, and read about some typical celebrations in the UK, as well as looking at New Year’s resolutions and reflecting on what makes a year good or bad.

Topic: New year traditions and new ear’s resolutions

Aims:
• To practise speaking skills
• To practise reading skills
• To write resolutions and review future tenses.


Age group: 11-18


Level: B1 / B2


Time: 60 minutes

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Four seasons

Theme: Times of year – changes in the weather and personal preferences
Lexical area: Seasons, weather, activities specific to each season

This lesson is based around the topic of the four seasons. Certain activities may or may not be appropriate depending on where you are working and how extreme the seasonal variations in the weather and way of life are. If you are in a place that doesn’t have big seasonal changes students may still be interested in the topic but Task 2 should be omitted or adapted.

Topic: Times of the year – changes in the weather and personal preferences

Aims:
• To brainstorm and review vocabulary related to weather and the seasons

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