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Monday, December 16, 2013

ESL Christmas Listening Activities 2013

As we get closer and closer to Christmas, I thought you would enjoy a variety of  Christmas  listening activities. 

Some of the videos and stories include quizzes. Others include complete transcripts. Listen as often as you need to before you answer the questions.

If one of the stories includes the script, try to listen to the story without reading it the first time. Then, read and listen at the same time.  

Even better, read, listen and try to speak at the same time as the speaker. Do this several times, especially on parts you have trouble with. It will help you to improve your vocabulary through repetition, your pronunciation and your speaking.

Source: learningenglishwithmichelle

Christmas in the 17th and 18th Centuries  


Famous Authors Reading Holiday Holiday Stories 
Emily Temple (SOURCE: Flavorwire) 

 Christmas is coming! a conversation (intermediate) with :
I. Pre-Listening Exercises

 II. Listening Exercises

III. Post-Listening Exercises

Topic : Christmas giftsSpeakers : a man and 2 children 
(Source: esl-lab.com)

The Christmas Gift a narration (difficult) with :
I. Pre-Listening Exercises

II. Listening Exercises

III. Post-Listening Exercises 
(Source: esl-lab.com)

The 11 Million Dollar Christmas Tree

Video Quiz from ESL Video.com

Fred Talks about the daily routine for his family on Christmas Day in Canada   (SOURCE: ELLLO)

 Christmas Tree Traditions  ( ELLL0)
Anja compares Christmas tree traditions with Fred  
 (Source ELLLO)

'Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat!'

Christmas is the biggest festival in Britain and is celebrated on 25th December. The four weeks before Christmas are called Advent, and are traditionally celebrated in churches by lighting a candle each Sunday during Advent. Nowadays, many people in Britain are not very religious, but they still celebrate Christmas. ( Source BBC)

At Christmas time, it's always worth remembering that there are many countries where Christianity isn't the main religion. The official religion of the UK is Christianity, but here in London - one of the world's most multicultural cities - there are many non-Christians who also celebrate Christmas. In this program, Yvonne Archer finds out why this is the case and what they like to do at Christmas time.(Source BBC)

When Christmas is just around the corner, most people have very little Christmas shopping left to do. But it's a well known fact that on Christmas Eve, most of the shoppers on the streets are men. So is that last minute rush just a fun part of the Christmas shopping experience for men, and do they actually like Christmas shopping? Yvonne Archer goes in search of a few answers. (Source: BBC)

If you walk into many London shops at the moment, you might find it difficult to believe that Christmas is still many weeks away. In this programme, with the help of a market researcher, we find out why Christmas seems to be getting earlier and earlier. 

Imagine this program is an invitation to a special kind of Christmas party - not the kind you have at home for friends - but what we call 'the office Christmas party', or less formally, 'the office Christmas do'.(Source: BBC)

                                                         People and Places at Christmas 

We've been out of the office to talk to people about their feelings at Christmas time. We've also been asking people to describe their ideal Christmas. (Source: BBC)

The story of the man in the red suit who brings gifts to children at Christmas. Transcript of radio broadcast: 19 December 2009

"Santa Claus is someone who will remain in the hearts of children forever...
Santa Claus also has some other names: Saint Nicholas, St. Nick, Kris Kringle, Pelznickel."

(Source: learningenglish.voanews.com)

The Gift of the Magi by O'Henry  

A spoken version of the famous story of a very poor young husband and wife  who each give up the most valuable thing they own in order to give the other a Christmas gift.
(Source: VOA  Quiz from ESL Listening.com)

Charles Dickens' 1843 classic "A Christmas Carol" is quite possibly the most often told holiday story in the English-speaking world.

The very wealthy Ebenezzer Scrooge is miserable, while his poor employee Bob Cratchit is a contented man with a virtuous disposition and family.

Scrooge, a hardened, greedy man who undergoes a great emotional change one Christmas Eve through the assistance of three ghosts. Each ghost represents some form of loss. The Ghost of Christmas Past represents the lost innocence and kindness Scrooge endures in a difficult childhood and young manhood. The Ghost of Christmas Present represents the love and fellowship Scrooge is losing in his current life.
Scrooge experiences a change of heart while he reviews Christmas memories and once again discovers what it is like to feel and live in the spirit of love, kindness, and giving..
(Listen and read the classic tale of Scrooge)    (Source ESL Bits.com)

Trailer for the Movie A Christmas Carol 

Listening Quiz for the trailer to A Christmas Carol : Source ESL Video.com

Now that all the Thanksgiving leftovers have been eaten and the Halloween costumes have been put away, everyone is getting ready for Christmas! It’s supposed to be a Christian holiday to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, but somehow it’s become a huge commercial holiday and the most important time of year for retailers.  (SOURCE: Podcast from Melanie ESL)

The Christmas Cuckoo  
A long time ago, there was village in the North Country. All its inhabitants were poor, because their fields were barren, and they didn't have much to sell; but the poorest of them all were two brothers called Scrub and Spare. They were shoemakers. Their shack was very small. The door was low and always open, because there was no window.Continue here  
(Source:John Robinson's ESL Listening.com   

    Chatty Santa (chattysanta.com)   

    "Type what you’d like Santa to say to a particular person, and Chatty Santa will say it. Then send it to the designated person..." (SOURCE: Larry Ferlazzo)

      Christmas greeting from Santa  

      Send your friends and relatives Christmas greetings from Santa by clicking here 
      (Source:  Teflteacher's blog)



      Come back tomorrow for more Christmas songs, vocabulary, videos, readings, games and other activities. 

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      1 comment:

      1. Great Post! Very Informative....please keep testing with your composing and doing exciting things! I’m experiencing it.
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