- Introduce the topic of Christmas traditions by asking the students if they have experienced or seen different Christmas traditions in other parts of the world. Write useful vocabulary on the board.
- Introduce the topic of the class, Christmas in the north and south of Europe in Finland and Greece. Briefly brainstorm what the students know about these countries and what they know / can imagine about Christmas traditions there.
- Put students into groups of 4. Give each member of the group the same worksheet so you have, for example, 4 groups with Worksheet 1/Student A and 4 groups with Worksheet 2/Student B. The students read the True/False statements for their text and decide what they think.
- Students compare their answers with their group.
- Students read the text and check their predictions for the True/False statements.
- Students compare their answers.
- Students read the definitions of the words and search the text to find the correct word.
- Students compare their answers in groups.
- Students make short notes on their text including the key points and some of the vocabulary.
- Put the students in A and B pairs. They tell each other about Christmas in the country they have read about using their notes.
- Ask students to discuss in groups or as a whole class:
Did anything surprise them about Christmas in these two countries?
If they could choose to experience Christmas with a family in one of the
two countries, which would they choose and why?
- Students write about Christmas traditions in their own country.
Worksheet 1/Student A (Finland)
Prediction: a) T, b) F, c) F, d) T
Vocabulary: a) brighten up, b) baubles, c) wreaths, d) branches, e) head for, f)gather, g) casserole, h) leftovers
Worksheet 2/Student B (Greece)
Prediction: a) F, b) F, c) T, d) T
Vocabulary: a) unique, b) fasting, c) stuffed, d) gained, e) ornament, f) carol, g)wrapped, h) exchanging