Christmas Traditions and Customs

Theresa Dash - author of the lesson   Theresa I June 31, 2023
General English, Speaking Lessons
American Culture, Holidays
A2 Elementary, B1 Intermediate
Mixed Grammar
Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
30 minutes
ESL lesson plan about Christmas idioms, traditions and customs around the world

Lesson Overview

This is the season to be jolly! In this lesson, students will talk about different traditions and customs from around the world. They will watch a video about Christmas in the 1950s in the US and share their own country's traditions for important events. The lesson will help them learn new words and phrases related to this topic. It includes fun discussions and worksheets, and is made for both adult and teenage students.

Lesson Objectives

  • Speaking: Students will engage in discussions about various global customs and traditions, enhancing their conversational skills in English. They will share and compare traditions from their own countries with those depicted in the video, fostering cross-cultural understanding.

  • Listening: Students will practice listening comprehension skills. They'll focus on understanding the content and context of the video, developing their ability to interpret spoken English in cultural contexts.

  • Vocabulary: Students will learn and apply new vocabulary related to traditions and customs, especially those associated with Christmas and significant events. This will expand their lexical range in topics concerning cultural practices and celebrations.

  • Cultural Awareness: Through the discussion of various global traditions and the viewing of the video, students will develop a deeper understanding of cultural differences and similarities. This objective aims to broaden their global perspective and cultural sensitivity.

  • Homework: The homework involves exercises that focus on enhancing vocabulary and understanding of different cultural traditions. The tasks include matching vocabulary words to their definitions, filling in blanks with appropriate words, and correcting mistakes in sentences related to Christmas traditions.

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

tis the season to be jolly [idiom]: used to express happiness during the holiday season
custom [noun]: a traditional and widely accepted way of behaving or doing something that is specific to a particular society, place, or time
tradition [noun]: the transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation, or the fact of being passed on in this way
coming of age [noun]: the age or occasion when one formally becomes an adult
ironically [adverb]: in a way that is interesting, strange, or funny because of being very different from what you would expect
a hit [noun]: a success, especially a popular one
kill off [phrasal verb]: to destroy in large numbers or totally; to stop something from becoming popular or well known
status symbol [noun]: a possession that is taken to indicate a person's wealth or high social or professional status
depend on [phrasal verb]: according to
bygone [adjective]: belonging to an earlier time; past
good old days [noun]: a period of time in the past that a person thinks were pleasant and better than the present time
live in the past [idiom]: to think too much about something that happened in the past
a thing of the past [noun phrase]: a thing that no longer happens or exists
before one’s time [idiom]: before you were born or before you started working or living somewhere
stand the test of time [idiom]: last or remain popular for a long time
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