Lesson plan overview
This A2-B1 Christmas ESL lesson plan is about Christmas drinks. Students will learn useful vocabulary to talk about kitchen items, different spices and confusing words related to cooking. They will also watch 3 short videos featuring 3 different Christmas drinks recipes (eggnog, Christmas punch, and mulled wine). You can combine this lesson with other Christmas-related lessons suitable for pre-intermediate level, such as “Christmas markets and holiday travel”.
Speaking: The lesson starts with a discussion about Christmas tradition and festive drinks.
Vocabulary: Next, the vocabulary part of the lesson begins. First, students complete 6 sentences with the correct kitchen item (e.g. pot, whisk, blender, stove). Then they give examples of dishes they prepare using each of the items. In the next vocabulary activity, students look at a few confusing words (e.g. recipe, receipt, and prescription), and choose the correct one for each sentence given. In the last vocabulary activity, students learn different spices (e.g. ginger, cinnamon, cardamom). Then they talk about their favourite spices and spices that are common to use in Christmas recipes.
Listening: Students watch 3 short videos: “Cooked eggnog recipe”, “A delicious, refreshing Christmas punch recipe”, and “Best mulled wine recipe”. They complete 1 or 2 listening comprehension activities for each video.
Speaking: After watching the videos, students engage in a post-listening discussion. They are asked to research the traditional drinks of a country of their choice and to report their findings to the class. Finally, they are asked to write down their favourite Christmas or holiday dish.
The conversation cards provide additional opportunities to review the target vocabulary and to discuss the topic further.
Teacher’s lesson plan
Student’s interactive PDF
Conversation cards PDF
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