Posts Tagged ‘“Christmas in Hollis”’

Very quickly, before things get really ugly this week (“‘Tis the season to grade papers, fa lala lala, lala la la”), I thought I’d honor a timeworn tradition here at $4MT for the non-denominational holiday season, i.e. “Xmas crap!”  Besides, I haven’t posted anything even remotely useful for a while, and it is better to give than to receive, or so they say, so…

Here’s a link to last year’s version, with the annual link to Alex Case’s Xmas grammar goodies and my own Run DMC “Christmas in Hollis” gapfill worksheets.  Yupi!

Then there’s also my links to other Christmas stuff, a decent Mr. Bean active viewing thing, and a writing exercise from ol’ Boggle’s World.

Right, now then, without further ado, I give you this year’s model, featuring once again my favorite Brad Neely creation the Professor Brothers.  “This IS Christmas music!”

As you will find below, I’ve got this little thingy here if that’s your cup of tea–You know, a little prediction task with some stills from the video and some thought bubbles…then a little listening gapfill.  Then you know you can, like, talk about, like Christmas stuff or Kwanzaa or what have you.

Ah, I should add that the gapfill is meant to focus on the construction I wish/(s)he wishes + past/past perfect.

Prisoner pictures (the pictures)


Merry Christmas!

(Ah, and if you like the Professor Brothers and think you have some students might as well, have a look at this other lesson–talking about the future, nice for New Year, you know…)

Ah, and I forgot to mention, Hall Houston recently put up a nice list of links to holiday stuff over at his blog. So for those of you scouring desperately for something other than yule-log wordsearches or whatever, get on that.


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It’s that time of year again.  If you teach in a school, or if you do extracurricular private classes with school-age kids you know what I’m talking about–the month of December (here in Spain, ehem, Catalunya, at least) finds us in the midst of a lull, between the trimestral or semestral or whatever exams and the start of Christmas vacations.   And with no real “meat” on the syllabus to feed to our hungry learners, what better way to while away the time than with a variety of holiday themed activities.  Yeah!  Wahoo!

Now, if you’ve googled xmas activities for TEFL or ESL or what-have-you, you’ve no doubt come across the TEFLtastic page of X-mas goodies, which pretty much has the market cornered on holiday ideas.  Really, dude is mad thorough over there.

Nonetheless, I see my opening here, so I’m goin’ in:  Run DMC’s “Christmas in Hollis”, for a variety of different language points.  Give ’em the video with the sound off first and have them tell you about it scene by scene, if you like.  Then hit ’em up with the worksheet of your choice.   (Note that the “definitions” worksheet could easily be incorporated wholesale into one of the others, with just a little cutting, pasting and boldfacing.) (more…)

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