‘Tis the season to be jolly! Before the winter holidays, why not do a little cultural comparisons, looking at how Christmas is celebrated in English speaking countries in the northern and southern hemisphere? These digital resources will help you.
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First a wintry, northern hemisphere Christmas.
Two videos about Christmas in the UK:
Videos > A1+ > Rencontres avec d’autres cultures > Christmas
An English family talk about their Christmas: decorating the tree, Christmas morning and opening presents.
Videos > A1+ > Rencontres avec d’autres cultures > Christmas Traditions
Three British teenagers describe different traditions: the Christmas tree, making Christmas pudding and Christmas crackers to decorate the table.
A simple poem about a snowy Christmas is great for introducing vocabulary and working on rhythm and pronunciation.
Audios > A1+ > Rencontres avec d’autres cultures > Poèmes > Christmas Comes
And in contrast, a sunny, active southern hemisphere celebration.
A song about Christmas in the sun:
Audios > A1+ > Rencontres avec d’autres cultures > Chansons > Christmas in Australia
And poem about having fun in boats at Christmas in New Zealand:
Audios > A2 > Rencontres avec d’autres cultures > Poèmes > Christmas Fun
Christmas Jumper Day
The Daily Telegraph site has a great little slideshow-style video about Madame Tussaud’s waxworks of the Royal Family being dressed in garish jumpers for Christmas Jumper Day. It’s easy enough even for A1+ pupils, except for a tiny bit of speech to camera at 0:40 seconds. You’ll have to watch an advert first.
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