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Celebrations: The Christmas Cracker Quiz

Level: Upper intermediate Type: General lesson plan

In this lesson, students will brainstorm Christmas vocabulary and do a quiz about Christmas (December 25th).

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  • That's such lovely feedback Angela, thank you! A very Merry Christmas to you too!

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  • I just wanted to thank you for this quiz!
    I used it for the first time today with intermediate+ medical professionals (neither teens nor young adults) who enjoyed it immensely. Peels of laughter from everyone when reading (We went through the questions one by one as I was running out of time) and although they're always on a tight schedule they all stayed well over the 2-hour lesson so we could finish it.
    An excellent and extremely enjoyable ressource which will be carefully filed for future use.
    Thanks and Merry Christmas to all :)

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  • Hi Marcus,

    Thanks for the feedback - nice to hear that you've adapted the answers to suit your class. It's true that most of the incorrect options in the quiz are quite light-hearted. You're right that it is meant to be very much a fun resource aimed at teens and young adults.

    However, that's not to say that the aren't nice ways it could be used with adult learners. One potentially interesting way to use the lesson could be to highlight some of the more common collocations and language features in the wrong answers.

    For example answer 1a. uses the prepositional phrase 'to be named after' so you could first get students to notice the phrase then talk to one another about whether they or their country are named after anyone or anything.

    And question 1c. provides the near homophones 'Hungary' and 'hungry' so you could introduce the concept of elision and get students to notice the similarity in the pronunciation of the words. You could then move on to looking at other homophones and examples of elision.

    These are just two ideas from question 1 for extending the material in different directions but obviously, there will be many more than will work with different classes, including with adult classes.

    Best wishes and Merry Christmas,
    The onestopenglish team

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  • Some of the wrong answers are frankly ridiculous. This may make some teenagers laugh but, given that the level is Upp_Int, it basically means that this material cannot be used with adults. Shame. My solution has been to copy the questions into a single file without multiple choice answers for use with adults. that aside, Merry Christmas!

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  • Hi all,

    Apologies for the issues with this lesson earlier this week. The PDF has now been amended and is working as normal again. Enjoy the quiz and good luck!

    Best wishes,
    The onestopenglish team

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  • Unfortunately, I cannot download the 15th December 2016 material and other Christmas material. Will it be soon sorted out?

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  • Hi there,

    Apologies again for the ongoing issues with the site. We are working hard to get them fixed and hope to have this lesson up and running as soon as possible. In the meantime, we can send you the PDF for this lesson via your personal email.

    Best wishes,
    The onestopenglish team

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  • I have been trying to use this lesson plan for two days now. Have you not sorted the problem?

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  • Hi there,

    Many apologies. We are currently experiencing some technical difficulties which we are attempting to fix. We hope this lesson will be up and running again as soon as possible.

    Best wishes,
    The onestopenglish team

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  • In a way it is ridiculous. You get a free 30 days trial and then the links to many of the lessonplans are blocked. How am I to judge if I want to subscribe for the whole year??

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