EFL Advent Calendar – December 1st


It’s the first of December today, so officially time to start talking Christmas!15242014_10154902371281531_7925904313857511301_n

We’re busy decorating the school for Christmas today, complete with Santa hats and Christmas photo props – and one of my colleagues kindly sent me a picture of the Christmas tree at the Czech primary school where I worked last year (which is already impressively festive).

My first choice of Christmas activity is one from LanternFish (formerly boggleslworld). I’ve done this activity several times with both teen and adult classes (high pre-int and above), and although it doesn’t seem like much it’s been great for getting students talking.

December 1st: Elves Strike

For: Teens or Adults

Level: High pre-int or above

Time: From 30mins to a whole lesson (depends how talkative your students are!)

‘Elves Strike’ is a fun role-play/debate activity that gets students stating demands, compromising and negotiating. The premise is that Santa’s Elves have gone on strike: they’re fed up with poor working conditions, low wages, and silly uniforms. Santa, understandably, wants the strikes to end!

Split your class into two groups (or more if you have a large class). Half the students represent the elves, half represent Santa. Each group works together for 10 mins to brainstorm conditions – the elves their conditions for returning to work, Santa concessions that he is willing to make. Then bring the class back together for a class debate.

This is likely to create some pretty humourous results – my favourite response was the elf demand for a lambourghini and a pet reindeer each. The Santas compromised: the elves could have a Lada Kalina (guess the nationality of the students!) and a pet reindeer – but the reindeer would all have three legs!

Although you can do this activity resource free, there is a worksheet which outlines the situation for the elves if you want to give your students a written prompt: elves_strike.

Check back tomorrow for an activity for your younger learners!



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