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The New Year

Warm-up

Songs

Time for another year | LearnEnglish Kids | British Council

Happy New Year Song (na, na, na, na, na) - YouTube

Happy New Year Song (na, na, na, na, na) – YouTubehttps://youtu.be/0soawtYqFOoI couldn’t find a silly new year’s song that made me feel like singing at the top of my lungs, so I wrote one. It’s just a fun way to welcome the new year! (yr 3-7)

♫ Scottish Music - Auld Lang Syne ♫ - YouTube

♫ Scottish Music – Auld Lang Syne ♫ – YouTubehttps://youtu.be/PER8f7bQIlgSung by Dougie MacLean – “Auld Lang Syne” is a Scottish poem written by Robert Burns in 1788 and set to the tune of a traditional folk song. (yr 5-C2)

Traditions

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/happy-new-year/1795966.htmlThere is a song millions of Americans hear every New Year’s Eve. It is called “Auld Lang Syne.” It is the traditional music played during the New Year’s celebration. Auld Lang Syne is an old Scottish poem, and it means “old long since.” The song describes the need to remember old friends. – Listening/Reading (yr 5-7)

50 New Year Traditions From Around the World

50 New Year Traditions From Around the Worldhttps://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/50-new-year-traditions-from-around-the-world.html

Have you ever wondered what New Year’s celebrations are like in other countries? Wonder no more; this infographic will tell you everything you need to know! – Info (yr 8-B1)

New Year’s Resolutions

New Year's Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutionshttp://www.kidsgen.com/rhymes_and_poems/ny_resolution.htm

I won’t fly paper airplanes when the teacher isn’t looking. I won’t sneak in the kitchen just to taste what they are cooking. I will not twist the silverware to see how far it bends. – Poem (yr 5-8)

Children and Teens Share Healthy New Year’s Resolutions - YouTube

Children and Teens Share Healthy New Year’s Resolutions – YouTube (2:07)https://youtu.be/mnPAgaNXIv8The American Academy of Pediatrics asked some children and teens what healthy New Year’s resolutions they were making, and they had a lot to say! (yr 5-B1)

Winter Wonders

Winter Wondershttp://www.alphabet-soup.net/mini/winter.html The Snowman’s Resolution (#3) by Aileen Fischer. A sweet poem to read with students – Poem (yr 6-8)

New Years Resolutions! - YouTube

New Year’s Resolutions! – YouTubehttps://youtu.be/WLk3IFTDhkgA funny New Year’s parody of The Beatles, “Revolution”. Start your New Year off on the right foot! – Song (yr 7-B1)

New Year's Resolutions - Breaking News English Lesson - ESL

New Year’s Resolutions – Breaking News English Lesson – ESLhttp://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/1501/150102-new-years-resolutions.htmlEnglish News Lessons: Free 26-Page lesson plan / 2-page mini-lesson – three levels (4,5,6 equal years 7,8 and 9) with various activities – Listening/Reading (yr 7-B1)

Disney Top 10 New Year's Resolutions - YouTube

Disney Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions – YouTube (2:56)https://youtu.be/or3nKPEzpsIHappy New Year! Draw inspiration from these New Year’s resolutions and make your own. What are some of your New Year’s resolutions? (yr 7-B1)

New Year Resolutions - Simon's Cat | GUIDE TO - YouTube

New Year Resolutions – Simon’s Cat | GUIDE TO – YouTubehttps://youtu.be/KNEVjhCXZB4

It’s that time of year when New Year Resolutions are decided! Watch our Guide To film to see how Simon’s Cat helps Simon with his. (Or not). (yr 8-C2)

One Little Word® - YouTube

One Little Word® – YouTube (Stop at 1:30)https://youtu.be/-2xQqXtpCPQWhat is One Little Word®? In 2006 I began a tradition of choosing one word for myself each January—a word to focus on, to live with, to investigate, to write about … – Viewing / Listening (yr 8-C2)

The 'New Years resolution ' SONG 🎵 - YouTube

The ‘New Years resolution ‘ SONG 🎵 – YouTube (0:51)https://youtu.be/MwAm10xwrrUA very short new years song, new, years, happy new year – with lyrics – WARNING for the f-word at the end! (yr 8-C2)

New Year's Resolution Song | Zoe Anne - YouTube

New Year’s Resolution Song | Zoe Anne – YouTube (4:14)https://youtu.be/yYMUCC9SFdsNew Year’s Resolutions, it’s really hard to stick to them. I tried my hardest for one month… – With lyrics (yr 8-C2)

New Year's Resolution - YouTube

New Year’s Resolution – YouTube (3:04)https://youtu.be/gAuG8NBgaNo“In a recent survey 8 out of 10 people said they found New Year’s Videos to be the same old same old. The other 2 were too busy writing their New Year Resolutions. Take a look at this charming independent video. We’ve all been there….. What’s YOUR new year’s resolution? ” (yr 8-C2) 

Top 10 New Year's Resolutions with Bob Dylan - YouTube

Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions with Bob Dylan – YouTube (0:51)https://youtu.be/nluiApeNWKIFrom Dylan’s Theme Time Radio Hour…this one the top new year’s resolutions. Enjoy! (yr 8-C2)

New Year's Resolution - Animated Tips And Tricks - YouTube

New Year’s Resolution – Animated Tips And Tricks – YouTube (5:54)https://youtu.be/xIDsgi9ytFESix tips that most people don’t know about when it comes to achieving your New Year’s Resolutions. (yr 8-C2)

Try something new for 30 days - Matt Cutts | TED-Ed

Try something new for 30 days – Matt Cutts | TED-Ed (3:27)https://ed.ted.com/lessons/try-something-new-for-30-days-matt-cutts

Is there something you’ve always meant to do, wanted to do, but just … haven’t? Matt Cutts suggests: Try it for 30 days. A full lesson based on a less than 4-min TEDTalk – Viewing / Listening / Lesson Plan (yr 8-C2)

10 TED-Ed Lessons to inspire your New Year’s resolutions |

10 TED-Ed Lessons to inspire your New Year’s resolutions |https://blog.ed.ted.com/2015/01/07/10-ted-ed-lessons-to-inspire-your-new-years-resolutions/With the exhilarating (and exhausting) holiday season behind us, January offers a month of new beginnings and boundless optimism. – Viewing / Listening (yr 8-C2)

NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS | Overcome the Odds - YouTube

NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS | Overcome the Odds – YouTube (8:00)https://youtu.be/UEF6ipQFEkYStart the New Year right! New Year’s Resolutions are an old tradition that many of us partake in. (yr 9-C2)

The New Year's Eve song, explained - YouTube

The New Year’s Eve song, explained – YouTube (6:34)https://youtu.be/_xWxyxsVAsQThe US associates “Auld Lang Syne” with the New Year, but not everyone does. Join the Vox Video Lab! (yr 9-C2)

 

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Aboriginal People

The contents of this Theme Page have been approved by an Aboriginal scholar.

WARNING: Some of the videos show pictures and mention the name of people who have died.

Aboriginal People and History

Australian History 101 - Darah (Australian Aboriginal Hip-Hop) - YouTube

Australian History 101 – Darah (Australian Aboriginal Hip-Hop) – YouTube (5:01)https://youtu.be/uCZneDswWS0The song is something I wanted to get out for a while now. It is a history of the experiences of my people since colonisation. – Lyrics avaliable below. Interiew with Darah

Discover Aboriginal Experiences - YouTube

Discover Aboriginal Experiences – YouTube (3:21)https://youtu.be/khA7RDKnRVgDiscover Aboriginal Experiences is a collective of quality, authentic Aboriginal guided tourism offerings.

Brief Introduction to Australian Aboriginal Culture - YouTube

Brief Introduction to Australian Aboriginal Culture – YouTube (4:24)https://youtu.be/R6xlUg7i1gsThis presentation was made to briefly educate people on the culture of Aboriginal Australian people.

Our Generation - Full length version (2010, 73min) - YouTube

Our Generation – Full length version (2010, 73min) – YouTube (1:13:42)https://youtu.be/Tcq4oGL0wlIThe original version of the ground-breaking Indigenous rights documentary Our Generation.

A real history of Aboriginal Australians, the first agriculturalists | Bruce Pascoe | TEDxSydney - YouTube

A real history of Aboriginal Australians, the first agriculturalists | Bruce Pascoe | TEDxSydney – YouTube (12:33)https://youtu.be/fqgrSSz7HtwIndigenous writer and anthologist Bruce Pascoe draws on first-hand accounts from colonial journals to dispel the myth that Aboriginal people were hunters and gatherers. (B1)

Aboriginal Culture

About

About Aboriginal Stories – Audiobook (6:06)http://esl-bits.net/listening/Media/2018-04-04/Aboriginal.Stories/default.htmlSkip’s ESL BITS – English Language Learning – ESL Listening Stories, Songs, Audiobooks       …

Dreamtime Stories - Biladurang The Platypus - YouTube

Dreamtime Stories – Biladurang The Platypus – YouTube (2:57)https://youtu.be/lDl5QwAR8DIDreamtime Story Animation “Biladurang The Platypus” – Starts a playlist of Dreamtime Stories.

The Dreaming. The Story Of The Spirit Fingers - YouTube

The Dreaming. The Story Of The Spirit Fingers – YouTube (6:01)https://youtu.be/KXDUS1EFzfwThis is a beautiful story with a moral content which is good for children to watch.

Aboriginal Dreamtime Story - YouTube

Aboriginal Dreamtime Story – YouTube (5:33)https://youtu.be/Sle62XV0BO0Based on an Aboriginal Dreamtime story of Waatji Pulyeri (the Blue Wren) OUT

How does Aboriginal art create meaning - YouTube

How does Aboriginal art create meaning – YouTube (1:39)https://youtu.be/mQi1NMh9CvAColin Jones, lecturer in Aboriginal History, talks about his culture, his history and his art.

360 Aboriginal Storytelling - Preview - YouTube

360 Aboriginal Storytelling – Preview – YouTube (2:08)https://youtu.be/rSXNPOyl6SkThe WilderQuest Aboriginal Campfire 360 Videos are a collection of authentic Aboriginal profiles to Country of traditional Aboriginal owners within NSW.

Stolen Generations

Rabbit Proof Fence (2002) Trailer - YouTube

Rabbit Proof Fence (2002) Trailer – YouTube (2:50)https://youtu.be/Lbnk8wSVMaMA trailer to the epic film Rabbit Proof Fence from 2002, telling the story of how aboriginal children were stolen by the white man. Watch more clips from the film:
Rabbit Proof Fence Stolen Generation 

A Look Inside the Heartbreaking Story of Australia's "Stolen Generation." - YouTube

A Look Inside the Heartbreaking Story of Australia’s “Stolen Generation.” – YouTube (3:55)https://youtu.be/wikX7V3nXDEIn this episode of A Broad Abroad we hear from direct descendants of Australias stolen generation.”

Australia Apologises

Apology to Australia's Indigenous peoples (2008) - YouTube

Apology to Australia’s Indigenous peoples (2008) – YouTube (3:11)https://youtu.be/RThkO3XBThsThe 13th of February, 2008, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd delivered the National Apology to Australia’s Indigenous Peoples. In particular, it included an apology to the Stolen Generations. – A clip. (A2)Transcript of the clipThe whole apology with transcript (B1)

Response to Government to the National Apology (Tom Calma) - YouTube

Response to Government to the National Apology (Tom Calma) – YouTube (starts at 1:50; 7:85)https://youtu.be/FxHw1KK_gNw?t=110Response to government to the national apology the Stolen Generations by Tom Calma the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner.
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FREE Christmas Bundle from WebEnglish.se

Best of Christmas, 1-4 | WebEnglish.se

Best of Christmas, 1-4 | WebEnglish.sehttps://friskhome.se/christmas-1-4/A Theme Page about mostly secular Christmas celebrations for beginner and elementary-level students, A1.

Best of Christmas, 5-7 | WebEnglish.se

Best of Christmas, 5-7 | WebEnglish.sehttps://friskhome.se/christmas-5-7/A Theme Page about mostly secular Christmas celebrations for elementary-level students, A1.2.-A.2.1

Best of Christmas 8-B1 | WebEnglish.se

Best of Christmas 8-B1 | WebEnglish.sehttps://friskhome.se/christmas-8-b1/ A Theme Page about mostly secular Christmas celebrations for intermediate-level students, A2-B1

A Christmas Carol | WebEnglish.se

A Christmas Carol | WebEnglish.sehttps://friskhome.se/a-christmas-carol/A theme page about Charles Dickens’ beloved story A Christmas Carol, with an array of videos from the year 1910 to 2019 and other learning activities.

 

WebEnglish.se Advent Calendar Beginner (A1.1.)

WebEnglish.se Advent Calendar Elementary (A1.2.)

WebEnglish.se Advent Calendar Lower Intermediate (A2.1.)

WebEnglish.se Advent Calendar Intermediate (A2.2.)

WebEnglish.se Advent Calendar Upper Intermediate (B1)

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WebEnglish.se Advent Calendars 2019

Advent Time is Near! WebEnglish.se presents FIVE Advent Calendars again this year. As each class is different, there is only an approximate language level for each calendar. The general idea is (in Sweden): A1.1.= yr 1-2; A1.2.= yr 3-4; A2.1.= yr 5-6; A2.2.= yr 7-8; B1= yr 9 and up.

Sorry for Early Birds: As the Calendar program is American and the calendar doors won’t open until the actual date, there is a delay in the morning. I hope it’s until 9 o’clock, but it may be 10. I’ll let you know on Sunday.

Precheck. The teacher who doesn’t like surprises is advised to take a peek before class for two reasons:

1. There is the same theme on each level for the day, so you may choose an easier or a more challenging one.

2. There may be an automatic advertisement that you wish to skip in the beginning.

Spoiler! This link takes you to a .pdf document that lists the themes for each day of the calendar: Advent Calendar 2019

1st Advent: This year, the 1st of December is on a Sunday, which means that there is no door to open in WebEnglish.se Calendar at school until Monday. As I know many students are longing to open the first door of the WebEnglish.se Calendar, here is an early peek to the first Advent Sunday.

A1.1. What is Advent?

A1.2. This is Britain – Advent Calendar

A2.1. Whirl Kids Celebrate Advent

A2.2. What is Advent? (Stop at 00:46)

B1. Advent Meaning Definition

 

WebEnglish.se Advent Calendar Beginner (A1.1.)

WebEnglish.se Advent Calendar Elementary (A1.2.)

WebEnglish.se Advent Calendar Lower Intermediate (A2.1.)

WebEnglish.se Advent Calendar Intermediate (A2.2.)

WebEnglish.se Advent Calendar Upper Intermediate (B1)

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WebEnglish.se Christmas 2019

WebEnglish.se has updated all Christmas pages and added a new level. New items into each will still be added throughout December.
Best of Christmas 1-4 has lesson plans and materials for beginner levels (A1).
Best of Christmas 5-7  has lesson plans and materials for elementary levels (A2.1.).
Best of Christmas 8-B1 has more than you’ll ever need for intermediate students (A2-B1).
A Christmas Carol is a theme page dedicated to the well-known story by Charles Dickens. There are 26 different film versions from 1910 to 2019 and lots of other lesson materials, varying from lower-intermediate to advanced level (A2-B2).

FIVE WebEnglish.se Advent Calendars will be released on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday Dec. 28th. The first window will not open before Dec. 1st, anyway.

NOTE about ads: I have tried to choose pages with a limited number of ads. However, as YouTube has become more aggressive with advertising, you could consider using viewpure.com. You just copy the url of the video you want to show in class into the app and it will let you show the video without any ads whatsoever.

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Calendar Calendar 1-3 Calendar 4-6 Featured Post Themes

Best of Christmas, 5-7

A Theme Page about mostly secular Christmas celebrations for elementary-level students, A1.2.-A.2.1, year 5-7 in Sweden

Related topics: Best of Christmas, 1-4, Winter Wonderland 1-9Best of Christmas, 8-B1, A Christmas Carol

Warm-up

Santa's Elves - Dogs and Cats with Human Hands Making Toys - Freshpet - YouTube

Santa’s Elves – Dogs and Cats with Human Hands Making Toys – Freshpet – YouTube (2:09)https://youtu.be/y6NS77HLjEEAdorable dogs and cats dressed as Santa’s elves with human hands making toys: just another thing to love about the holidays.

Wawra Christmas Tree Lights Show MIX 2014 "FROZEN" "Shake It Off" "Let It Go" wawrachristmas.com - YouTube

Wawra Christmas Tree Lights Show MIX 2014 “FROZEN” “Shake It Off” “Let It Go” wawrachristmas.com – YouTube (2:31)https://youtu.be/88sthUSnogg It has always been a Wawra family tradition to get Monster Real Trees too big to fit in the room. – Lighting show with music from Frozen

 

Songs and Carols

Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Very Merry Christmas Songs [P1] - YouTube

Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Very Merry Christmas Songs [P1] – YouTube (14:09)https://youtu.be/-4I3492PjDQTA narrator without subtitles and Christmas songs with sing-a-long lyrics. Part 2

Top 33 Christmas Songs and Carols with Lyrics Playlist 2019 🎅 - YouTube

Top 33 Christmas Songs and Carols with Lyrics Playlist 2019 🎅 – YouTubehttps://youtu.be/0Z0wz_8DXP8Top 33 Christmas songs and carols with lyrics is a popular Xmas playlist! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas! – Searchable List of songs below

 

Vocabulary

Christmas | Learning Chocolate

Christmas | Learning Chocolatehttp://www.learningchocolate.com/content/christmas?st_lang=enChristmas vocabulary with matching activities fro Learning Chocolate

Christmas ESL Printable Vocabulary Worksheets

Christmas ESL Printable Vocabulary Worksheetshttp://www.englishwsheets.com/christmas.htmlChristmas ESL Printable Vocabulary Worksheets, Exercises, Picture Dictionaries, Puzzles, Matching Activities, Flashcards, Games and Vocabulary Cards For Kids

Christmas Vocabulary in English - ESL Words associated with Christmas - YouTube

Christmas Vocabulary in English – ESL Words associated with Christmas – YouTube (5:03)https://youtu.be/r33MVi39A2gEnglish Vocabulary about Christmas – ESL Words associated with Xmas, The Christmas vocabulary

Christmas Words: Useful Christmas Vocabulary Words List - 7 E S L

Christmas Words: Useful Christmas Vocabulary Words List – 7 E S Lhttps://7esl.com/christmas-vocabulary/Christmas Words! List of useful Christmas vocabulary words with pictures and examples.

Christmas Traditions | People Do This For Christmas | Easy English Conversation Practice | ESL - YouTube

Christmas Traditions | People Do This For Christmas | Easy English Conversation Practice | ESL – YouTube (2:10)https://youtu.be/HRpKK_USmrkThings people do for Christmas | Christmas Traditions Hello Everyone! This video is designed for students, teachers and anyone wanting to learn English.

Christmas Traditions - YouTube

Christmas Traditions – YouTube (3:18)https://youtu.be/sToPX-bsBmkA Christmas vocabulary presentation for ESL students. More Christmas learning resources

CHRISTMAS: The real meaning (English subtitles) - YouTube

CHRISTMAS: The real meaning (English subtitles) – YouTube (9:13)https://youtu.be/V2FfwoNkAMwThis video shows and describes American Christmas cultural traditions and shows the background and purpose of Christmas.

Traditional Christmas Foods - YouTube

Traditional Christmas Foods – YouTube (3:57)https://youtu.be/Tly6suosH7YThe following video provides a brief introduction to some of the more traditional Christmas food items

 

Worksheets

Christmas Worksheets for ESL Students

Christmas Worksheets for ESL Studentshttp://bogglesworldesl.com/christmas_worksheets.htmThis is a collection of free, printable worksheets for teaching EAL students language and traditions related to the theme of Christmas. – Requires time to explore but includes many gems 

Christmas Word Searches

Christmas Word Searcheshttp://www.activityvillage.co.uk/christmas-word-searchesHere is our collection of fun, printable Christmas word searches for kids to enjoy in the classroom or home. We’ve tried to cover all aspects of Christmas here so that there is something that appeals to everyone! Where necessary, we provide both UK and US English spellings.

Christmas Worksheets for Children

Christmas Worksheets for Childrenhttp://www.dltk-holidays.com/xmas/worksheets.htmThese Christmas worksheets are more fun than work. – Behind each link, there is a variety to choose from for printing 

Read and Complete - Creative Santa Questions - English ESL Worksheets

Read and Complete – Creative Santa Questions – English ESL Worksheetshttps://en.islcollective.com/resources/printables/worksheets_doc_docx/read_and_complete_-_creative_santa_questions/read-and-complete/63268Students answer the question, either individually or in group, either written or spoken (or both). Make sure to tell them there are no single correct answers. Creativity and imagination is needed to answer these sometimes – Free registration required

Christmas - All Things Topics

Christmas – All Things Topicshttps://www.allthingstopics.com/christmas.htmlall things topics – Free printable PDF lesson plans, word banks, quizzes and games for EFL/ESL teachers & learners

Lesson Plans

ESL Christmas Lesson

ESL Christmas Lessonhttp://www.elcivics.com/esl-christmas.htmlChristmas is celebrated on December 25. It is a Christian holiday, but it is also observed by many non-religious people who participate in its secular traditions. Three pages with short simple sentences and links to Worksheets and Activities 

A Funny Christmas Story

A Funny Christmas Storyhttps://busyteacher.org/26015-a-funny-christmas-story.htmlThis is a vocabulary gap-fill worksheet to help young learners retell a short animation film about Three Little Pigs and Santa.

Listen A Minute: English Listening Lesson on Christmas

Listen A Minute: English Listening Lesson on Christmashttps://listenaminute.com/c/christmas.htmlListen A Minute: Free 9-Page lesson plan / worksheet on Christmas – Handouts, online activities and mp3. English Lesson on Boxing Day

 

Reading

Christmas Tongue Twisters

Christmas Tongue Twistershttp://xmasfun.com/TongueTwisters.aspxSeven Santas sang silly songs. Tiny Timmy trims the tall tree with tinsel. Santa’s sleigh slides on slick snow…

How the Grinch Stole Christmas #readalong | Brightly Storytime - YouTube

How the Grinch Stole Christmas #readalong | Brightly Storytime – YouTube (15:07)https://youtu.be/YOpKuQO1FkA

Follow along as Ms. Linda reads the ultimate Dr. Seuss Christmas classic — no holiday season is complete without the Grinch, Max, Cindy-Lou, and all the residents of Who-ville!

Gingerbread Man Story - Topmarks

Gingerbread Man Story – Topmarkshttp://www.topmarks.co.uk/stories/GingerbreadMan.aspxA very well-known, traditional story in the English-speaking world – and a game for the IWB

Reading: Santa Claus - All Things Topics

Reading: Santa Claus – All Things Topicshttps://www.allthingstopics.com/reading-santa-claus.htmlWhen I was a young boy, I knew exactly who Santa Claus was.  He was a fat, friendly, old man with a long, white beard that visited my home once a year to put lots and lots of toys under the Christmas tree.

RUDOLPH THE REINDEER Short Christmas Story - YouTube

RUDOLPH THE REINDEER Short Christmas Story – YouTube  (4:08)https://youtu.be/MICFS-dJaLQWatch this great short Christmas video with your kids – Audiobook. Mute the sound, pause and read together with the class 

Christmas Traditions in England, Scotland and Wales (A British Christmas)

Christmas Traditions in England, Scotland and Wales (A British Christmas)http://projectbritain.com/Xmas/Every year in December we celebrate the birthday of Jesus Christ. – Everything there is to know and links to more reading (Yr 6-7)

 

Listening

ELLLO Views #21 English Village

ELLLO Views #21 English Villagehttp://www.elllo.org/english/0001/021-Steven-Home.htmSteven: Well, they don’t actually….my mom and dad live in the town. My brother and sister actually live pretty close to this town, so my family is all in that general area.

Christmas is Coming | Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab

Christmas is Coming | Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening Labhttps://www.esl-lab.com/easy/christmas-gifts/Buying Christmas gifts for family members, especially children, can be difficult, but fun. Listen to this conversation with two children and their father.

My favourite day - Christmas | LearnEnglish Kids | British Council

My favourite day – Christmas | LearnEnglish Kids | British Councilhttp://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/short-stories/my-favourite-day-christmasChristmas is this boy’s favourite time of year. How does he celebrate? Watch and find out! – Activities to download below 

Learn English With Christmas Songs - Winter Wonderland

Learn English With Christmas Songs – Winter Wonderlandhttp://www.esolcourses.com/content/topics/songs/christmas/elementary/winter-wonderland.htmlAn easy video listening lesson for adults and kids, with a gap fill practice test. – Multiple Choice Listening  Songs with Gap-fills

ELLLO Views #843 Christmas Day

ELLLO Views #843 Christmas Day (2:23)http://www.elllo.org/english/0801/T843-Fred-Day.htmFred: Well, Anja, the routine in Canada for Christmas is quite simple. The kids get very excited on the 25th because early in the morning, at around seven o’clock, that’s when we open the presents.

I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas

I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas (4:55)https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/im-dreaming-of-a-white-christmas/1795953.htmlMusic fills the air. Colorful lights shine brightly in windows. Children and adults open gifts from loved ones and friends. These are all Christmas traditions.

 

Viewing

The Snowman 1982 HD - YouTube

The Snowman 1982 HD – YouTubehttps://youtu.be/baaxRJzq4zw

Animated adventure about a young boy who makes a snowman one Christmas Eve, only for it to come to life that night and take him on a magical adventure

Freshpet Holiday Feast - 13 Dogs and 1 Cat Eating with Human Hands - YouTube

Freshpet Holiday Feast – 13 Dogs and 1 Cat Eating with Human Hands – YouTube (1:53)https://youtu.be/vhg7Xm4FXAY13 Dogs and 1 Cat Eating with Human Hands Watch the Behind the Scenes video here to see how we did it!

Christmas in Britain - YouTube

Christmas in Britain – YouTube (8:10)https://youtu.be/YzSGEeaYvJcWhat is Christmas like in Britain? Watch the video and you will know all there is to it!

Christmas in the United Kingdom | Englisch-Video für den Unterricht - YouTube

Christmas in the United Kingdom | Englisch-Video für den Unterricht – YouTube (2:38)https://youtu.be/okVpri6kkxwChristmas time in Great Britain! Two teenagers talk about their Christmas traditions. 

Christmas in Sweden - YouTube

Christmas in Sweden – YouTube (7:00)https://youtu.be/tLA4uNm6c7AThis video is about Christmas in Sweden. It is shown in first grade class presentation on Christmas Around the World in the US.

▷ MY SWEDISH CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS - YouTube

▷ MY SWEDISH CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS – YouTube (6:23)https://youtu.be/M1ngRbfpetsA little Christmas clip about my Swedish Christmas Traditions, food, Christmas tree, beverages, the Swedish Fika and what not.

Why Do We Celebrate Christmas On December 25? - Christmas Facts by Kids Video Show - YouTube

Why Do We Celebrate Christmas On December 25? – Christmas Facts by Kids Video Show – YouTube (2:27)https://youtu.be/-iIJEiXEYFsDid you know why do we celebrate Christmas on December 25th? Christmas is celebrated to remember the birth of of Jesus Christ

The Legend of Santa | Christmas | Holiday English - YouTube

The Legend of Santa | Christmas | Holiday English – YouTube (2:04)https://youtu.be/plhtubH3cwILearn all about the Legend of Santa in this fun, animated lesson. A powerful tool for building language skills through visual aids.

A Christmas Carol - YouTube

A Christmas Carol – YouTube (15:45)https://youtu.be/HqMfGq3okZYIt’s Christmas time, and the greedy Mister Scrooge is not feeling the holiday spirit. Three ghosts visit him overnight to change his ways.

Christmas traditions for kids - YouTube

Christmas traditions for kids – YouTube (7:27)https://youtu.be/h24X5ywDQiwA short video about some Christmas traditions and Santa Claus

The Polar Express - Book Adaptation - YouTube

The Polar Express – Book Adaptation – YouTube (8:52)https://youtu.be/UmUBGHtjGZ4A video chronicling the famous Chris Van Allsburg story of the same name. – Book Adaptation of the popular book and film 

A Christmas Carol 1971 ~ Animated ~ Alastair Sim ~ Full Length ORIGINAL POST - YouTube

A Christmas Carol 1971 ~ Animated ~ Alastair Sim ~ Full Length ORIGINAL POST – YouTube (25 min)https://youtu.be/iN6IMZFwY50The excellent 1971 animated version of the Charles Dickens classic by Richard Williams.

The 12 Labours of Santa Claus | Secret World of Santa Claus | ZeeKay Junior - YouTube

The 12 Labours of Santa Claus | Secret World of Santa Claus | ZeeKay Junior – YouTube (23:35)https://youtu.be/qV9LoWydtWUEvery 100 years, Santa Claus has to pass a test to make sure he’s still fit and healthy to deliver toys to children around the world. – No subtitles 

Christmas Stories for Children and Kids - Christmas Car Stancer the Santamobile Santa's Car - YouTube

Christmas Stories for Children and Kids – Christmas Car Stancer the Santamobile Santa’s Car – YouTube (6:26)https://youtu.be/MLHzxyy1VQYChristmas Stories for Kids and Children – A christmas story about Santa Claus and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer from the Santa Stories by Derek Buckham

Christmas Around the World - An Interactive Video - YouTube

Christmas Around the World – An Interactive Video – YouTubehttps://youtu.be/OPxVxNMIaGgThis interactive video gives second grade students information regarding different Christmas traditions around the world.

English Vocabulary and Pronunciation of Christmas - Santa - YouTube

English Vocabulary and Pronunciation of Christmas – Santa – YouTube (6:30)https://youtu.be/blnGfJJqdUgThe most recognisable symbol of the English Christmas is Father Christmas. Santa Claus, as he is also known, has a long history that goes back to the Germanic gods.

 

Writing

A letter to Santa

A letter to Santahttp://www.teach-this.com/images/resources/letter-to-santa.pdfStudents complete a letter to Santa, telling Santa the good things they have done this year. – A printable pdf to fill in

The Christmas Shed - THE LITERACY SHED

The Christmas Shed – THE LITERACY SHEDhttps://www.literacyshed.com/the-christmas-shed.htmlLiteracy Shed Conferences 2019.  Several Short Films with Teacher’s Notes to inspire writing. ​Click the image for more details.

 

Interactive

 

Quiz

Christmas Trivia | Holiday Trivia | ESL Games - YouTube

Christmas Trivia | Holiday Trivia | ESL Games – YouTube (3:28)https://youtu.be/9ndG3bR0-uQA super fun trivia game to get students into the holiday season. A great resource to get students relaxed and warmed up for the holiday season.

 

Baamboozle - Featured Games

Baamboozle – Featured Gameshttps://www.baamboozle.com/search?param=christmas&fbclid=IwAR0kV6IwP_mZUECan5N91NUF4Vg6RfJ6h-fjtqB188axVkAn7JhU4C0Z4Y8Separate students into teams. Teams take turns choosing random questions. Press the Check button after an answer has been given. If the answer is correct press Okay, if not, press the Oops button.

More Materials

Christmas Activity Pack

Christmas Activity Packhttps://oupeltglobal.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/oxfordchristmasactivities2013.pdfIn this 11-page pdf-document there are activities on various levels, one for each.

Christmas Customs and Christmas Traditions, The History of Christmas -- whychristmas?com

Christmas Customs and Christmas Traditions, The History of Christmas — whychristmas?comhttp://whychristmas.com/customs/Find out how many Christmas Traditions and Christmas Customs started and how they are celebrated.

 

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Teaching Matters

Thanksgiving or Day of Mourning?

For 50 years the Native Americans have celebrated the Day of Mourning on the 4th Thursday of November while the other nationalities in the US celebrate Thanksgiving Day. This year, WebEnglish.se has added a new Thanksgiving Theme Page for level B1 that teaches the truth and the Native American side of the history of the Thanksgiving celebrations.

For the sake of the traditional holiday, the Theme Pages for the lower language levels are still mainly aligned with the traditional story of Thanksgiving as it has been told since the 19th century. As people’s awareness grows year after year, I hope to find suitable materials about the Day of Mourning even for the younger students.

These are the relevant pages for teaching about Thanksgiving Day / Day of Mourning in WebEnglish.se:

Thanksgiving, 3-7

Thanksgiving 7-9

Thanksgiving B1

Native Americans, 7-9

English Conquers the World, 5-9

Colonisation of North America 8-9

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B1 Level Calendar Calendar 7-9 Themes

Thanksgiving B1

It’s time to know the truth about the history of the Thanksgiving celebrations. A Theme Page for B1-level students.
Related Pages: Thanksgiving 7-9, English Conquers the World, Colonisation of North America 8-9

Listening

The True, Grim Story of the First Thanksgiving : NPR

The True, Grim Story of the First Thanksgiving : NPR (4:29)http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1524201NPR’s Bob Edwards explains that the real Thanksgiving was much more grim than grade school teachers will allow in the annual pageant.

Reading

Native American Thanksgiving

Native American Thanksgivinghttp://www.purewatergazette.net/nativeamericanthanksgiving.htmI celebrate the holiday of Thanksgiving. This may surprise those people who wonder what Native Americans think of this official U.S. celebration

Why I’m Not Thankful for Thanksgiving

Why I’m Not Thankful for Thanksgivinghttps://www.rethinkingschools.org/static/publication/rcpm/RPCMflyer4web.pdfWhy I’m Not Thankful For Thanksgiving is the title of a Rethinking Schools article written by a Native American. (@larryferlazzo)

The Mother of All Thanksgivings

The Mother of All Thanksgivingshttps://www.newsweek.com/mother-all-thanksgivings-207400Praise be to Sarah Josepha Hale, who set the table for all of us. – What has Thanksgiving meant through the years?

Abraham Lincoln, father of the Thanksgiving holiday

Abraham Lincoln, father of the Thanksgiving holidayhttps://eu.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/11/26/thanksgiving-abraham-lincoln-franklin-roosevelt/3685975/Declaring Thanksgiving Day a formal holiday on the fourth Thursday in November required a pair of presidents — two of the most famous, in fact. Abraham Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

UAINE: Suppressed Speech

UAINE: Suppressed Speechhttp://www.uaine.org/suppressed_speech.htmTHE SUPPRESSED SPEECH OF WAMSUTTA (FRANK B.) JAMES, WAMPANOAG To have been delivered at Plymouth, Massachusetts, 1970

Lesson Plan

Thanksgiving Mourning | Teaching Tolerance

Thanksgiving Mourning | Teaching Tolerancehttps://www.tolerance.org/classroom-resources/tolerance-lessons/thanksgiving-mourningIn this activity, students will explore the perspectives of two Native American authors about the meaning of the Thanksgiving holiday and then write journal entries.

Viewing

What Does Thanksgiving Mean For Native Americans? - YouTube

What Does Thanksgiving Mean For Native Americans? – YouTube (4:20)https://youtu.be/h2MszQALhCIFor most Americans, Thanskgiving commemorates a shared feast between Native Americans and European colonists, but the history that followed the feast is not a happy one.

Everything You Know About Thanksgiving is WRONG | Decoded | MTV News - YouTube

The First Thanksgiving: What Really Happened - YouTube

The First Thanksgiving: What Really Happened – YouTube (6:09)https://youtu.be/ociHVDWxDaYAn educational animation that tells the in-depth story surrounding the first “thanksgiving”.

7 Things You Don't Know About Thanksgiving - YouTube

7 Things You Don’t Know About Thanksgiving – YouTube (10:09)https://youtu.be/5g4oYmkvFRIWe know things about Thanksgiving that you probably don’t. Two guys talking about the myths of Thanksgiving

25 Little Known Facts About Thanksgiving - mental_floss on YouTube (Ep. 36) - YouTube

25 Little Known Facts About Thanksgiving – mental_floss on YouTube (Ep. 36) – YouTube (7:47)https://youtu.be/nvjAS7uzwJsThis week, John takes a look at some little known facts about Thanksgiving (the American one).

Thanksgiving: A Native American View - YouTube

Thanksgiving: A Native American View – YouTube (5:52)https://youtu.be/6RwCPaZujZMNative American view on Thanksgiving. – Text on screen, no narrator

Native Americans Mark Day of Mourning on Thanksgiving: 'We are not Vanishing, We Are Not Conquered' - YouTube

Native Americans Mark Day of Mourning on Thanksgiving: ‘We are not Vanishing, We Are Not Conquered’ – YouTube (5:35)https://youtu.be/UnMJ3z6_wYoThe United American Indians of New England marked the 42nd National Day of Mourning in Plymouth, Mass. on Nov. 24 as others celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday. – Poor quality, could be used as listening instead of viewing.

Why These Native Americans Observe A National Day Of Mourning Each Thanksgiving - YouTube (4:44)

Why These Native Americans Observe A National Day Of Mourning Each Thanksgiving – YouTube (4:44)https://youtu.be/OW0s8ToCyU8In America’s indigenous communities, the Thanksgiving holiday is a reminder of loss. – A Day of Mourning

National Day of Mourning - YouTube

National Day of Mourning – YouTube (15:32)https://youtu.be/S3B4msVuT2oThis is a 15 minute short film about why I’ve stopped celebrating Thanksgiving as it is nationally recognized.

Pilgrim Separatists and the Founding of America - Drive Thru History - YouTube

Pilgrim Separatists and the Founding of America – Drive Thru History – YouTube (appr. 20 min)https://youtu.be/5uWvm1QBCdEPilgrim Separatists and the Founding of America – Drive Thru History – Starts a playlist of 6 videos telling the story of the Pilgrim Fathers

When is Thanksgiving? Colonizing America: Crash Course US History #2 - YouTube

When is Thanksgiving? Colonizing America: Crash Course US History #2 – YouTube (12:25)https://youtu.be/o69TvQqyGdgIn which John Green teaches you about the (English) colonies in what is now the United States.

Super Quick Review: Plymouth Colony & Mayflower Compact - YouTube

Super Quick Review: Plymouth Colony & Mayflower Compact – YouTube (4:16)https://youtu.be/bSxJrGw-pw0This video covers all the basics of the colonization of Plymouth for U.S. History and Advanced Placement U.S. History students.

Mayflower Story Pt 1of 3 - YouTube

Mayflower Story Pt 1of 3 – YouTube (11:42)https://youtu.be/Pv-_JxApHzoExcerpt from Desperate Crossing–The Untold Story of the Mayflower. An excellent History Channel overview of the Mayflower journey Part 2

The Natives and the English - Crash Course US History #3 - YouTube

The Natives and the English – Crash Course US History #3 – YouTube (11:26)https://youtu.be/TTYOQ05oDOIIn which John Green teaches you about relations between the early English colonists and the native people the encountered in the New World.

Plimoth Plantation: Virtual Field Trip - YouTube

Plimoth Plantation: Virtual Field Trip – YouTube (30:23)https://youtu.be/p5qi3Meqy24Thanksgiving virtual field trip featuring Pilgrims and the Native American Wampanoag, discussing their lives, their collaboration, and the first Thanksgiving.

Quiz

The Ultimate Thanksgiving Quiz | Howstuffworks

The Ultimate Thanksgiving Quiz | Howstuffworkshttps://play.howstuffworks.com/quiz/thanksgiving-quizA table full of turkey, corn, stuffing and cranberries can only mean one thing: Thanksgiving! Aside from the tasty morsels, Thanksgiving is also a yearly celebration of gratitude that originated with the Pilgrims and Native Americans.

 

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Elementary Intermediate Themes

Superheroes

A Theme Page about Superheroes suitable for Lower Intermediate and Intermediate students, A2 – B1

Warm-up

The Incredibles Trailer - YouTube

The Incredibles Trailer – YouTube (1:54)https://youtu.be/BatbZ8eztQEWatch the trailer for the movie “The Incredibles”, a comedy about superheroes (Yr 5-7)

Superman 75th Anniversary Animated Short - YouTube

Superman 75th Anniversary Animated Short – YouTube (2:13)https://youtu.be/ebXB0lBoaQ0

This short follows Superman through the years, from his first appearance on the cover of Action Comics #1 to Henry Cavill in this year’s Man of Steel…all in two minutes! (Yr 5-9)

Superheroes Introducing Themselves - Supercut - YouTube

Superheroes Introducing Themselves – Supercut – YouTube (1:53)https://youtu.be/9H_xHpWWozMWhat better time to reintroduce yourself to your favorite heroes? Time for a superhero roll call! (Yr 7-9)

Once Upon A Time The Super Heroes (1 of 10) - YouTube

Once Upon A Time The Super Heroes (1 of 10) – YouTube (10 min)https://youtu.be/ySOOLp_SoDw?t=46

Once Upon A Time The Super Heroes This is a documentary made in 2002 about the creation and evolution of comic book superheroes (Yr 8-9)

 

Songs

Kids Superhero Song - Let's Be Superheroes | Action Songs for Kids - Bounce Patrol - YouTube

Kids Superhero Song – Let’s Be Superheroes | Action Songs for Kids – Bounce Patrol – YouTubehttps://youtu.be/Py4fhsx3Ct4

Let’s be superheroes and save the day! Learn all the hero dance moves – fly like Superman, stomp like the Hulk, run like the Flash, climb like Spider Man (Yr 5-6)

Spiderman theme song 1960s - YouTube

Spiderman theme song 1960s – YouTube (1:01)https://youtu.be/SUtziaZlDeEThe theme song of Spiderman from the 1960’s cartoon (Yr 5-9)

Ode To A Superhero by "Weird Al" Yankovic - YouTube

Ode To A Superhero by “Weird Al” Yankovic – YouTubehttps://youtu.be/aBXIquQRQaI

Scenes from Spider-man that I set to the “Weird Al” Yankovic parody “Ode To A Superhero” to the tune of Billy Joel’s Piano Man. (Yr 8-9) Lyrics here

The Alan Parsons Project - Don't Answer Me (Official Video) - YouTube

The Alan Parsons Project – Don’t Answer Me (Official Video) – YouTubehttps://youtu.be/JLvFbBR4XOgThe Alan Parsons Project’s official music video for ‘Don’t Answer Me’. – Lyrics below (Yr 8-9)

 

Vocabulary

[Flashcards for kids - Super Heroes] Kids learn/study English || Free flashcards for kindergarten - YouTube

[Flashcards for kids – Super Heroes] Kids learn/study English || Free flashcards for kindergarten – YouTubehttps://youtu.be/A8Hfe7WCtSI

Flash cards are a great way for kids to learn the basic elements and memorize them through short repeat sessions. (Yr 5-6)

List of Superheroes | Hugh Fox III

List of Superheroes | Hugh Fox IIIhttps://foxhugh.com/reference-fiction/list-of-superheroes/

‘Mazing Man – DC 3-D Man – Marvel 711 – DC Abin Sur – DC Abyss – Marvel Access – Marvel Access   – DC Ace the Bat-Hound – DC Acrata – DC List of  500 Super Powers here

Marvel.com Characters

Marvel.com Charactershttps://www.marvel.com/charactersLearn about your favorite Marvel characters, super heroes, & villains! Discover their powers, weaknesses, abilities, & more!

The Superhero Dictionary - List of All Words

The Superhero Dictionary – List of All Wordshttp://shdictionary.tripod.com/pages/all.htmlA comprehensive list of various superhero names and concepts with pronunciation. Click on the word

 

Lesson Plans

Comparative and Superlative Adjectives: Z-Men Superheroes (ESL Video)

Comparative and Superlative Adjectives: Z-Men Superheroes (ESL Video)http://oomongzu.com/elementary/comparative-and-superlative-adjectives/

Don’t miss the exciting first episode of the superhero comic Z-Men! Teach comparative and superlative adjectives to elementary-level learners (Yr 5-7)OOMONGZU

Superhero High | LearnEnglish Kids | British Council

Superhero High | LearnEnglish Kids | British Council (2:23)http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/short-stories/superhero-highSome superheroes need to go to school to learn special skills. What do they learn at Superhero High? Watch and find out! – Activities below (Yr 5-6)

Breaking News English ESL Lesson Plan on Superman & Batman

Breaking News English ESL Lesson Plan on Superman & Batmanhttps://breakingnewsenglish.com/1307/130723-superman_batman.html

English News Lessons: Free 26-Page lesson plan / 2-page mini-lesson – Superman & Batman. Reading / Listening task with activities in 4 levels (Yr 5-9)

News English Lessons | ESL Lesson Plans | Superheroes

News English Lessons | ESL Lesson Plans | Superheroeshttp://www.newsenglishlessons.com/1101/110107-superhero.html

There is a real-life superhero living in Washington. Reading / Listening task with activities (Yr 6-8)

What makes a hero? - Matthew Winkler | TED-Ed

What makes a hero? – Matthew Winkler | TED-Ed (4:33)https://ed.ted.com/lessons/what-makes-a-hero-matthew-winklerWhat trials unite not only Harry Potter or Frodo Baggins but many of literature’s most interesting heroes? And what do ordinary people have in common with these literary heroes? Matthew Winkler takes us step-by-step through the crucial events that make or break a hero. (Yr 9)

 

Reading

Superheroes | LearnEnglish Kids | British Council

Superheroes | LearnEnglish Kids | British Councilhttp://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/reading-practice/superheroesRead about superheroes then do the exercises to help you practise your reading in English. (Yr 6-8)

6. An Undercover Superhero

6. An Undercover Superherohttps://www.eslfast.com/begin5/b5/b5006.htm

Kimberly seems like a normal teenage girl. She goes to high school; she has homework; she has problems with the popular girls; she argues with her parents. However, Kimberly has a secret power. Reading task with activities (Yr 6-8)

“Why Are We Obsessed With Superhero Movies?” | ESL Voices

“Why Are We Obsessed With Superhero Movies?” | ESL Voiceshttps://esl-voices.com/why-are-we-obsessed-with-superhero-movies/

“Seven of the 11 top-grossing films of 2017 were superhero movies, based on characters first introduced in comic books. – Reading task with activities (Yr 8-9)

 

Listening

Learn/Practice English with MOVIES (Lesson #1) Title: The Incredibles - YouTube

Learn/Practice English with MOVIES (Lesson #1) Title: The Incredibles – YouTube (3:07)https://youtu.be/Rnwwo9Zol6wThis short video will introduce you to a segment of a popular movie, and give you an opportunity to learn new words, phrases, and expressions of the English language.

Batman, Spider-Man Face a Growing Crowd in Comics, Graphic Novels

Batman, Spider-Man Face a Growing Crowd in Comics, Graphic Novelshttps://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/a-23-2008-11-24-voa2-83138572/128946.html

On THIS IS AMERICA: “Comics are too expensive for kids. And they’ve changed,” says a clerk at a comic shop in Virginia. (Yr 7-8)

Kevin: Spider-Man - Audio Lingua - mp3 in english, german, spanish and french

Kevin: Spider-Man – Audio Lingua – mp3 in English (1:56)https://www.audio-lingua.eu/spip.php?article615&lang=enSpider-Man is one of the most popular and commercially successful superheroes of all time and one of Kevin’s superheroes (Yr 7-9)

Wham! Wow!: DC Comics at 75 | On Point

Wham! Wow!: DC Comics at 75 | On Pointhttps://www.wbur.org/onpoint/2010/12/01/dc-comics-at-75Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman in the house. We look at 75 years of DC Comics. (Yr 8-9)

BBC Learning English - 6 Minute English / What's your superpower?

BBC Learning English – 6 Minute English / What’s your superpower?http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/features/6-minute-english/ep-170112

Why are we so fascinated with the superheroes that populate our cinema screens and comic books?  (Yr 8-9)

 

Viewing

Incredibles 2 Official Trailer - YouTube

Incredibles 2 Official Trailer – YouTube (2:16)https://youtu.be/i5qOzqD9RmsIn “Incredibles 2,” Helen is called on to lead a campaign to bring Supers back, while Bob navigates the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life at home with Violet, Dash and baby Jack-Jack

Superheroes & Super Powers | Wiki for Kids at Cool School - YouTube

Superheroes & Super Powers | Wiki for Kids at Cool School – YouTubehttps://youtu.be/I4Wv3J2trMs

Let’s learn about superheroes and their amazing superpowers in today’s Wiki for Kids at Cool School! – Recommended to slower the speed! (Yr 5-7)

Spider-Man - Sub-Zero for Spidey - video dailymotion

Spider-Man – Sub-Zero for Spidey – video dailymotion (10:53)https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4w8e0

On a blisteringly hot afternoon, Peter is walking to the house of a brilliant scientist, Doctor Smarter, when suddenly he notices that the sidewalk and most of the neighborhood is turning to ice. The original spiderman cartoon (Yr 5-7)

SpiderMan - Horn Of The Rhino - Episode 14 - Animated Series – Видео Dailymotion

SpiderMan – Horn Of The Rhino – Episode 14 – Animated Series – Видео Dailymotion (21:44)https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3z0dgi

Spider-Man is keeping an eye on a train when the Rhino rams it and steals the component of a top-secret weapon, Spider-Man getting the blame (Yr 7-9)

The Hero's Journey on Vimeo

The Hero’s Journey on Vimeo (1:57)https://vimeo.com/140767141

The Hero’s Journey | In the hero’s journey Joseph Campbell’s 12 stages are visualized by using iconic blockbuster movies that follow his structure of storytelling (Yr 8-9)

DC Super Friends ep1 | DC Comics Superhero Cartoons Batman Superman Wonder Woman | batteryPOP - YouTube

DC Super Friends ep1 | DC Comics Superhero Cartoons Batman Superman Wonder Woman | batteryPOP – YouTube (4:01)https://youtu.be/a8MZkHUN6jQ

Join your favorite DC Comics superheroes, with Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and more!  (Yr 8-9)

5 Real Life Superheroes Who Still Patrol The Streets | LIST KING - YouTube

5 Real Life Superheroes Who Still Patrol The Streets | LIST KING – YouTube (3:55)https://youtu.be/9c3_pRy0Aek

From a gorgeous hero in fishnet stockings, to a leather-bound martial artist who shares his skills with children, we take a look at 5 real-life superheroes who still patrol the streets!  (Yr 9)

Top 10 Movie Anti-Heroes - YouTube

Top 10 Movie Anti-Heroes – YouTube (8:33)https://youtu.be/0WZWNFazQ18

Top 10 Anti-Heroes Characters in Movies. An antihero is a protagonist who is lacking many of the usual heroic or idealistic qualities (Yr 9)

Top 10 Female Antiheroes in Movies - YouTube

Top 10 Female Antiheroes in Movies – YouTube (11:34)https://youtu.be/dzV_gP7Do5IThey may not be your typical female protagonists, but that’s why we love them. Join MsMojo as we count down our picks for Top 10 Female Antiheroes in Movies. (Yr 9)

 

Speaking

ESL Conversation Questions - Super Heroes

ESL Conversation Questions – Super Heroeshttps://www.eslconversationquestions.com/super-heroes/Conversation Questions -10 questions to discuss in an intermediate classroom (Yr 7-9)

Heads Up English

Heads Up Englishhttp://www.headsupenglish.com/upper-intermediate/speaking/heroes.pdf

Skill Builders: Speaking – Heroes Upper-Intermediate

 

Writing

Superhero treats

Superhero treatshttp://www.pobble365.com/superhero-treats/

Despite being a superhero, spending the majority of his time battling against crime and dangerous villains in Gotham City with an array of different skills and deadly weapons, Batman had a weakness for chicken nuggets.

Design a Superhero? | Hugh Fox III

Design a Superhero? | Hugh Fox IIIhttps://foxhugh.com/communication/how-to-design-a-superhero/

1) What is the name of your superhero? 2) What power(s) will the superhero have? 3) Are your hero’s superpower(s) weird or comical? 4) How did your hero get their superpowers?

The Five W’s | Hugh Fox III

The Five W’s | Hugh Fox IIIhttps://foxhugh.com/communication/the-five-ws/

The Five W’s is an idea borrowed from journalism is another approach to use to narrow topics. Good reporting covers the 5W’s of every story: Who? What? When? Where? Why?

Superhero Nation: how to write superhero novels, comic books and superhero books

Superhero Nation: how to write superhero novels, comic books and superhero bookshttp://www.superheronation.com/2008/02/24/index-writing-about-superheroes/

How to write a superhero story and get it published. It applies to novels, graphic novels and comic books and will help you create your own superhero.

 

Worksheets

You're a Superhero! FREE ESL Worksheets

You’re a Superhero! FREE ESL Worksheetshttp://www.teachchildrenesl.com/worksheets/you-are-a-superhero/

Your ESL students will create their own superhero with unique superpowers! TWO worksheets, THREE drawing templates, SAMPLE drawings, and FULL INSTRUCTIONS.

 

Games

Superhero Flashcard Game

Superhero Flashcard Gamehttps://bogglesworldesl.com/superhero_flashcards.htmThese cards are meant to reinfore the modal ‘can’, though they can be used for other things. What can Melkor do? He can fly. Go Fish is a great game you can play with these cards

 

Interactive

The Ultimate Superhero Name Generator

The Ultimate Superhero Name Generatorhttps://www.namegeneratorfun.com/superhero-name-generator

Want to know your superhero name, powers, origin story, and enemies? Our superhero name generator is funny, cool, and great for sharing!

Superheroes and superpowers

Superheroes and superpowershttps://learningapps.org/view2140515Interactive games to play on the topic of superheroes and superpowers.

Survival Story – Superhero – esldocs

Survival Story – Superhero – esldocshttp://esldocs.com/survival-story-superhero/

Can you survive the superhero adventure? It won’t be easy. There will be many problems along the way. You will have to choose what to do.

 

More Materials

From zero to hero – seven superhero classroom activities! By Matt Parks « IH Journal

From zero to hero – seven superhero classroom activities! By Matt Parks « IH Journalhttp://ihjournal.com/from-zero-to-hero-{6f1bf439e36af1b37553daee762acf2f39026584d615f32c1dfd30bd8cdb56a0}E2{6f1bf439e36af1b37553daee762acf2f39026584d615f32c1dfd30bd8cdb56a0}80{6f1bf439e36af1b37553daee762acf2f39026584d615f32c1dfd30bd8cdb56a0}93-seven-superhero-classroom-activities-by-matt-parks

The following activities can be used as stand-alone tasks to provide students with fluency work or to activate a particular language point.

The Superhero Project for kids - make your own superhero and exchange projects with people from around the world

The Superhero Project for kids – make your own superhero and exchange projects with people from around the worldhttps://www.mes-english.com/vkeypals/supers.php

Time:  The project can be done quickly in a single lesson or spread out as small parts over 3 or 4 lessons.  It also depends on how far you wish to go with the project.

 

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Posts Teaching Matters

Grammar Matters 2

The Swedish Curriculum is based on Communicative Language Learning and Teaching. According to most researchers within this field, grammar should be presented following one principle:

WHEN it’s needed and not IN CASE it’s needed.

To help argue my point I found this short article summarising a meta-analysis by Nina Spada and Yasuyo Tomita. This is an excellent article as it gives both the points that some teachers use to try to prove me wrong when I say they should skip grammar lessons, but it also includes exactly the points I rely on and relate to in my teaching.

When teachers read conclusions of research like

explicit instruction was more effective for both simple and complex language features“, or

most of the research investigating the effects of instruction on L2 learning indicates that a combination of language-based and meaning-based instructions works better than an exclusive focus on either one”,

they take this to mean that whole-class instruction of grammar rules with follow-up excercises and translations will do the trick. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

When reading current research, you should first clear your mind of your own school-time experiences of grammar lessons and interpret the text outside of that box.  When you take the time to study the whole research process or even read the whole short article, you will find out:

The study does not support teaching grammar in the sequential order in which most coursebooks present it.

Explicit instruction of grammar does not mean harking backing to the times of grammar translation, rote memorization of conjugations, or the focus on grammar McNuggets

The Commentary Material to English for the Swedish Curriculum points this out clearly:

“Linguistic elements like grammatical structures and spelling should be presented only when there is a functional purpose, in order to clarify and enrich the communication.” (My translation)

This article is a follow-up of my two earlier blog posts: Grammar Matters and Why Aren’t There Any Good Textbooks?