Christmas – Learning English through songs
Just before the Christmas break, English A and B students had a combined class of learning English through songs and cultural appreciation through understanding the significance of the season.
Some pre-lesson research had been assigned the day before so that students would be able to share the relevant information when needed (e.g. the Nativity, caroling & madrigals, authorship of “Silent Night”, origins of “The Magnificat ,etc).
After an initial elicitation of their responses to “What is Christmas to you?”, the students were treated to a rendition of “Silent Night’” by both teachers, accompanied by one of the students on the guitar. The students were quick to pick up the tune, and against the backdrop of the Nativity scene, were able to better appreciate the lyrics. They followed up with “Jingle Bells” and “We wish you a Merry Christmas”.
In the second half, they read the Christmas story from the Bible, and then watched a 10 minute movie re- enactment of the first Christmas. This gave them some idea of the cultural backdrop and the feel of the times.