BRITISH TRADITIONS. CHRISTMAS.
- to train and improve the pupils’ skills in speaking, listening on the basis of the texts " English Traditions", "Tea", "Christmas";
- to teach them to use teaching materials of previous lessons in monological and dialogical speech,
- to involve the pupils in the process of English communication;
- to create favourable atmosphere and to make the classroom live, be full of learning activities.
- to expand pupils' knowledge of the very importance of traditions and customs in the life of people of Great Britain;
- to get pupils acquainted with some peculiar, unusual, old traditions of GB.
- to incorporate team work,
- to develop pupils' abilities of using their knowledge in new situations,
- to develop pupils' logical way of j thinking, their readiness for taking part in the process of English communication,
- to teach them to make conclusions,
- to develop their imagination,
- to promote pupils' intellectual curiosity
- to teach pupils to respect other peoples' customs and traditions, free communication, good manners, the art of design, to respect each other.
Motto: He who has information, rules the world.
1. to develop pupils' speaking, reading, writing, listening skills through various creative activities
2. to develop pupils' group communicative skills
3. to organize pupils' creative work in expanding their vocabulary .
1. to stimulate pupils' creativity in presentation of the advertisement "Heritage Holidays"
2. to develop creative imagination and logical thinking
1. to foster the interest for learning and discovering new things
2. to widen pupils' knowledge about England's early history
3. to engage pupils in assessment
4. to develop pupils' interest to English
How much do you know about British festivals?
1) At Easter people:
a) eat cross buns;
b) light bonfires;
c) make pancakes.
2) The Boat Race is between:
a) Oxford and Cambridge Universities;
b) Oxford and London Universities;
c) Cambridge and York Universities.
3) Children dress up as witches:
a) at Easter;
b) on Guy Fawkes' Night;
c) at Halloween.
4) Ascot is famous for its:
a) football team;
b) horse race;
c) tennis tournament.
5) British children receive their Christmas presents on:
a) 24th December;
b) 25th December;
c) 26th December.
6) St Valentine's day is in:
Where are these holidays celebrated?
Put these words in the proper columns.
Christmas, Halloween, Easter,
St.Valentine's Day, Pancake Day, April Fool's Day,
Victory Day, Guy Fawkes Day, Women's Day,
Mother's Day, New Year's Day, the Day of the Constitution,
Which holidays are celebrated in all these countries? What holidays do you like most of all?
British are proud of their traditions carefully keep them. New Year's Day is the first day of the year celebrated on the first of January, It is a public holiday. In England they do not celebrate the New Year as widely as Christmas. A New Year party is the most common type of celebration. But in Scotland it is celebrated wholeheartedly.
St. Valentine's Day is on the 14th of February. People buy or make Valentine cards and send them to people they love. They should not write their names on the cards. Those who get them must guess who sent them. It is a day to share loving feelings with friends and family.
In March they celebrate Mother' s Day. On this day children help their mothers at home and give them cards and presents.
Easter is a Christian spring festival that is celebrated in March or April. At Easter children eat chocolate eggs. You can see Easter Parade in London.
The 1st of April is known as All Fools' Day. This is a good occasion of befooling each other.
May Day is celebrated as a spring festival. They have May Pole and dance round it, the May Queen is usually elected among the prettiest girls. Father's Day is celebrated in June,
Halloween occurs on the 31 of October. They say ghosts and witches come out on this day. People make lanterns out of pumpkins, Some people have Halloween parties and dress as witches and ghosts.
Four times a year the offices and banks are closed, on Monday. These public holidays are known as Bank Holidays.
On the 5th of November you can see bonfires burning, fireworks and rockets shooting across the sky, It`s Guy Fawkes Day.
Christmas Day is one of the greatest holidays of the year. It's celebrated on the 25th of December.
Correct these sentences:
1) Guy Fawkes Day is celebrated on the 25th of December.
2) These public holidays are known as Halloween parties.
3) People make lanterns out of pumpkins on the 5th of November.
4) Father's Day is celebrated in May.
5) People buy or make Valentine cards and send them to shops and banks.
6) In England they celebrate the New Year as widely as Christmas.
7) At Easter you can see May Pole Parade in London.
8) May Day is celebrated as a good occasion of befooling each other.
9) On this day children help their teachers at home and give them cards and presents.
10) May Queen is usually elected at New Year's parties.
You are planning to have a New Year's party at your school. Describe your holiday using the Simple Future Tense. Write it down.
1). It is a conversation between Ukrainian girl Katya, who came to Britain to stay with an English family, and British girl Alice who is going to take Katya to a Halloween party
A. It can be a stupid question, but I'm afraid I don't know much about Halloween. What is it like?
B. I'm sure you'll enjoy it. Such parties are usually great fun. People dress up in strange costumes and pretend they are ghosts and witches.
A. Oh... are you sure I'm going to like it? It sounds unusual.
B. Don't be silly, we'll play games and laugh a lot. When the party is over we knock on our neigbours' doors asking if they would like a "trick-or-treat".
A. Trick or treat? What do you mean?
B. Nothing dangerous. If they give us a treat — some sweets, nuts or cakes — we'll say "thank you" and go away. But if they don't we'll play a trick on them.
A. What? A trick? What shall we do?
B. We'll make a lot of noise and throw flour on their front doorstep.
A. Wow. It will be interesting. Let's go.
2) The conversation is between a Ukrainian schoolboy and an English schoolboy.
A. Hello! I am sorry. Where are you going in such a strange costume?
B. I'm going to Halloween Party.
A. Halloween? How interesting. I've j never heard about this holiday before. We don't have it in Ukraine.
B. We celebrate it on the 31st of October. We dress up as ghosts, witches or devils. Then we visit our neighbours' houses and ask, "Trick-or-I treat?"
A. And what is it? (Показує на гарбуз у руках співрозмовника)
B. It is the Halloween lantern. I've prepared it and I'll take it to the party to decorate the hall. (Підпалює свічку всередині гарбуза). Pumpkins with candles inside are usual decorations in the windows of people's houses.
3) The dialogue is between two friends
A. How nice to see you again. Where have you been? Home?
B. No, I've been visiting my relatives.
A. Where's about?
B. I went to London to celebrate Christmas.
A. Oh, it's a very great holiday. I know that on that day all family tries to gather together.
B. Yes, you are right. My brothers came from Liverpool. And my parents decorated their house. They put Christmas tree.
A. And of course, Christmas is a great time for eating!
B. My mother prepared traditional meal — roast turkey and Christmas pudding. We enjoyed the party very much!
4) Between two girls over the telephone
B. Is that you, Vika?
A. Yes. Hello Olya!
B. What are you doing?
A. I'm doing a greeting card to my boyfriend.
B. A greeting card?
A. Don't you remember! Tomorrow will be St. Valentine's Day. It's on the 14th of February. Don't you want to send a "valentine" to your sweetheart?
B. I think I'll do. But I don't know what to write down on it.
A. It's not difficult. You can write "I'll be your sweetheart if you will be mine. All my life I'll be your Valentine!"
B. Thank you for your advice. Bye.
5) Two schoolboys
A. Oh, you know there is a chalk on your face.
B. Where? (Починає витирати)
A. Look! (Дістає люстерко, показує.)
B. There is nothing! Oh, today is the first of April. You've just play a joke on me.
A. Let's go and play jokes on our classmates.
B. Let's go! READING COMPREHENSION
What are some royal traditions in Britain?
1) There are numerous royal traditions in Britain, some are ancient, others are modern. It seems strange but the Queen has two birthdays. She is the only person in Britain with two birthdays. The Queen's actual birthday is celebrated on April 21st.
2) The official birthday is observed on the second Saturday in June. This day is famous for a ceremony called Trooping the Colour, a beautiful parade of the Queen's soldiers. At the front of the parade they carry the regiment's flag or colour, in other words, they troop the colour.
4) The Queen's Christmas speech is a modern custom. The Queen makes a speech on radio or TV. The BBC broadcasts it to every Commonwealth country. The speech is connected with the events of the past year. Traditionally in speeches, kings and queens say "we" not “I”. But Queen Elizabeth II doesn't follow this tradition actually. She says "My husband and I" or just “I”.
5) There is a very special royal tradition. On the river Thames there are hundreds of swans. Traditionally, a number of these beautiful large white birds belong to the Queen. In July, when the young swans are about two months the Queen's swan-keeper goes up the river Thames in a boat from London Bridge to Henley to mark the royal ones. This unusual custom is called swan-upping.
Choose the right answer.
1. What facts about the Queen does the author make clear in paragraph 1?
A. The Queen was born in April.
B. Some people think the Queen is very strange.
C. It is strange to have the Queen in the country.
2. What does paragraph 2 say about Trooping the Colour?
A. All soldiers carry flags of different colours at the parade.
B. The soldiers called the Queen on her birthday.
C. The soldiers carry the colour before the parade.
3. What does the author tell about the Queen's Christmas speech in paragraph 3?
A. In her speech the Queen talks about modern customs.
B. People in different countries listen to the Queen's speech. C. In her speech, the Queen makes it clear that there is a
connection between all the events of the year.
4. What does the Queen's swan-keeper do according to paragraph 4?
A. He takes care of the young swans for about two months.
B. He gives special marks to the swans belonging to the Queen.
C. He brings the young swans up the river Thames in a boat from London Bridge to Henley.
Description of achievement
• I can read and understand information about British traditions, celebrations and manners.
• I can understand what English-speaking people tell us about their traditions.
• I can understand people that discuss problems connected with different customs and celebrations.
• I can tell people about Russian traditions and celebrations.
• I can express my opinion about different celebrations.
• I know what to say when giving and receiving gifts.
• I can explain how to behave in Russia and in Britain.
• I can write about gifts that were a surprise for me or my friends.
how to ask for information
how to ask to agree (Tags)
How I use reference materials
How I participate in discussions
How I distinguish between facts/opinions
Exercise I found most interesting/en joy able/difficult/boring
May Christmas time bring the
things that you like best,
And may you find some quiet time
to just relax and rest...
May the coming year be filled with
many dreams come true,
And all the days ahead hold every
happiness for you.
Especially for you:
I wish you joy much fun and health,
Success, prosperity and wealth.
May you be happy every day,
And may your people be O.K.
May all your life be filled with flowers
Sincere friends and golden hours
May you meet many smiling faces
At home and also in the public places.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
WHEN IN ROME...
Would you like to study in an English-speaking country or become a diplomat? If so, you need to be sensitive to your environment. Here is a quiz to check how well you know customs and traditions of English-speaking countries.
1) In Britain, what do superstitious people touch for luck? | | a) Iron.
2) Is Christmas celebrated in Scotland?
3) Where is Thanksgiving celebrated?
a) In the USA and the UK.
b) In the USA and Canada.
4) Welsh traditional festival devoted to music and poetry is called...
a) Eisteddfod. ^2 b) Burns Night.
5) In the USA, what would you probably do at a party?
a) Sit at a dinner table as we do in Ukraine.
b) Walk from one room to another, talking to the guests with a
glass of drink in the hand.
6) What would you expect to find in a Christmas stocking?
a) Small presents. b) Old clothes.
7) In the USA, if you must miss a previously made appointment, what will you do?
a) Nothing. If I don't come, they'll understand that something's happened.
b) I'll telephone ahead to the person I am supposed to meet, saying that I won't be able to come.
Now check your answers!
For each correct answer you get 2 points.
0—4 Alas, you are not cut out to be a diplomat. You should try to be more attentive to traditions and customs of other countries and people.
6—10 That's the right spirit! Keep on studying and read some additional literature.
12—14 Aren't you an ambassador, by any chance? Or a globe trotter? Your knowledge of customs and traditions is perfect. We are sure that you'll never suffer from "culture shock".