Countdown to Christmas

This is an article I came across on facebook. It’s an easy-to-follow idea to create an advent calendar with random acts of kindness. Sounds nice, doesn’t it?

This blog presents a calendar full of ideas we can follow, and it also includes a blank copy we can use for our students to fill in. Isn’t it awesome?

As a plus, we can practise vocabulary and the imperative forms, provoke a debate and create a mood for Christmas.

You can read the article here. 

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You can download the blank copy here.

Christmas Report

20131212-104402.jpgI don’t like giving homework for holidays, but I think it’s necessary that students do things constantly so that their linguistic competence improves more and more. That’s why I’ve thought of this simple report. The only thing they have to do is writing down whatever they do in English: watching a film, reading the news, listening to a podcast, etc.

My aim with this small record is that they become aware of what they have done and what they could have done. I hope it works that way.

You can download the Christmas report here.

Zen Christmas

This year I decided to repeat this activity I had done three years ago (explained here). This is what I wrote in that article:

Some days later I came accross this beautiful article thanks to my friend Laura Martín. The article appeared in the blog Zen Habits and talks about how much money we spend on Christmas presents and gives advice on how we could share costless things with our beloved ones. And I thought, why don’t we have our zen presents in class? And so this activity was born.
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Zen Christmas

Yes, Christmas is gone, thank goodness. But as I don’t want to forget this activity I’m posting it here.

My students’ task for their Christmas holidays was writing an opinion essay: ‘Christmas: a time to share time with your family or a time to waste money?’. I taught how to write an opinion essay and opened a discussion in class so as to give them ideas.

Some days later I came accross this beautiful article thanks to my friend Laura Martín. The article appeared in the blog Zen Habits and talks about how much money we spend on Christmas presents and gives advice on how we could share costless things with our beloved ones. And I thought, why don’t we have our zen presents in class? And this activity was born. Continue reading