EFL Advent Calendar – 14th December


Christmas Conversation Questions – 14th December

For: Teens/Adults

Level: pre-intermediate + (use the questions appropriate for your class and level)

Time: Depends on the activity!

I often find that I’m talking to my students repeatedly about Christmas during December… but if they’ve been having English lessons for a few years or they also have lessons with a different teacher, the same old questions are going to get boring pretty quickly. Having a larger variety of questions also makes it more interesting for you as the teacher!

Here are questions on a variety of different (but related) topics:

Christmas, if your students live in a country where it is celebrated or are interested in how we celebrate it in the UK/US.

New Year, if your students live in a country where New Year is regarded as the main celebration or Christmas isn’t celebrated (when I taught in Russia I used to use a variety of Christmas and New Year related questions).

Holidays: if your students don’t celebrate or aren’t interested in Christmas or New Year, these questions give them the opportunity to discuss the celebration of a festival/holiday of their choice.

You might also want to file away some of the ‘first lesson back’ questions to use at the beginning of next term!

How to use these conversation questions? Well, there’s no right or wrong answer. Obviously don’t try to use all the questions in one lesson – choose the ones that are most appropriate for your students’ background and level, and that you think they’ll find the most interesting. As a few quick ideas, you could:

  • Focus on sentence structure/question construction with lower level students. Get them to put the words in the right order or build the questions themselves from prompts. They can complete the discussion activity after the exercise.
  • Type up/copy and paste some of the questions and then use them as a traditional pair discussion activity.
  • Use the questions as part of an existing boardgame, or get the students to create their own.
  • Use a few questions as a warmer at the beginning of a lesson.
  • Use the questions as a prompt for a longer writing or presentation task.
  • Have a ‘hot seat’ type activity, where one student answers the others’ questions for a limited time period. You can decide if they answer the questions as themselves, or as a famous person/fictional character, or even as a person from a different country/as another member of the class.




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