It’s the run up to Christmas and one way to have fun, get your learners orientated towards the theme and get some language practice in is to do some Digital Play activities with a festive factor. Here is a selection of 10 Christmas lead in activities to try out with your learners. All the links lead to lesson plans posted previously on Digital Play.
Nada Purtic was a Digital Play Competition winner last year and had this great beginner’s lesson plan aimed at asking questions with the verb ‘to be’. The language covered in this activity included body parts, furniture and prepositions of place.
Another speaking activity but this time for a Pre-intermediate language level class in a computer room or with access to multiple computers. The premise is that you get a little bit too drunk each Christmas and the family have decided they’ve had enough and locked you in the house. The language focus includes prepositions of place, vocabulary in a house, imperatives (look, go, pick up etc).
Here’s a selection of Christmas Quizzes and ideas on how to use them with a range of language levels. Find out what your learners know about facts surrounding the Christmas festival while having fun and covering a range of Christmas themed vocabulary.
Another lesson plan for Beginner’s practicing listening and speaking skills and focusing specifically on prepositions of place. In this game Father Christmas wants to deliver his presents but he is locked in a house and can’t get out. Help him to find the keys that will help him escape.
A fun Intermediate level game and language focus. Explore the house and find the fourteen hidden presents to get a key which will let you escape through the front door. The object for your language learners is to use 1st conditional sentences to walk you through the game and finish it.
This is a great computer room picture dictation activity for primary level learners. Using an online Christmas card creator you dictate a description of a scene for your class to reproduce. This is a 30 minute activity and you need a copy of the Ecard Wordsearch for each learner as well as a single copy of the Ecard Picture Dictation or a screenshot of a finished ecard.
And now for some pre-intermediate Christmas vocabulary practice if you have 30 – 45 minutes to spare. In this game the game character called ‘Junior’ wants to get a present from Father Christmas but unfortunately there are a few things getting in his way. This 2 page worksheet includes a jigsaw reading to be completed while learners play the game.
You’ll need to source the current top 10 selling video games’ chart either at your local gaming shop or online. You can then use this lesson plan as a guide. In this ranking activity learners guess the correct order of the best-selling games and then write a review of one of them as a follow up activity.
No lesson plan here – just a great and simple idea for practicing colour and clothes. Get your learners to dress up a digital Santa and then write out a description of him. You can then collect the descriptions and hand them out randomly. Learners then read the descriptions and find the computer that displays the santa for their description.
10 Over to you
Now you’ve seen a few ideas on how to use online games, why not have a go at finding a game to adapt for your learners? Here’s a webpage with lots of Christmas games for you to look at. If you are uninspired then simply try the Christmas word search for some yuletide vocab or Santa’s quiz for reading practice. Find enough activities and you could organise your own Christmas gaming circuit where learners play a series of games.