Christmas — ESL/EFL conversation questions


Discussion questions for a Christmas speaking lesson. Вопросы для обсуждения на английском языке на тему Рождества. Ключевая лексика по теме выделена жирным шрифтом.


Дополнительно: Англоязычный планер на год 


Step #1: Look at the pictures:

  • Describe the pictures.
  • Which of them do you like more? Why?


Step #2: Discuss the questions:

  1. When do people in your country celebrate Christmas?
  2. What do people usually do on Christmas day in your country? Who do they spend the day with?
  3. What are the traditions or customs you need to follow during Christmas?
  4. Do you put up a nativity scene in your house? How long does it take you? What is included in it?
  5. Is Christmas a religious day for you? If so, what kind of religious activity do you take part in? If not, what does Christmas mean to you?
  6. Do you attend any special religious services over the Christmas period? Which ones?
  7. Besides Christmas, there are other special days around the end of the year, especially for different religions. Can you think of some?
  8. Do you usually give Christmas presents? Who do you give them to?
  9. Will Santa bring you a Christmas present? What would you like him to bring you?
  10. What kind of meal does your family eat at Christmas time?
  11. Has Christmas become too commercialised?
  12. How early is too early to put Christmas decorations up? When is it appropriate to take decorations down?
  13. Do you put up a Christmas tree at your house? Is it real or fake? Which is better?
  14. Are there any special foods or drinks you enjoy at Christmas time that are unique to the Christmas period?
  15. Do you enjoy Christmas movies? What’s your favourite Christmas themed movie?
  16. What is the Spirit of Christmas?
  17. Sometimes people complain they are «expected to be happy» over Christmas, and this expectation annoys them. What do you feel about the «obligation to be happy»?
  18. When does the «Christmas period» start and end in your country? How many holidays, if any, do you have over the December-January period?
  19. Has the internet changed the way you send Christmas greetings? How so?
  20. Do you let off fireworks during the Christmas period? What do you think of this practice?
  21. Do you enjoy carefully wrapping presents or do you feel it is a waste of time?
  22. On what day are gifts exchanged in your country? Do you know anything about traditions in other countries?
  23. Is there anything stressful about Christmas?
  24. Is Christmas better in the cold Northern Hemisphere or on a beach in the Southern Hemisphere?
  25. Have your feelings towards Christmas changed since you were a child?
  26. What do you usually do on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day?
  27. What do you dislike about Christmas?
  28. Do you enjoy singing Christmas carols?
  29. If you could go anywhere during Christmas, where would you go?
  30. Did you believe in Santa Claus when you were a child?
  31. How old were you when you found out that Santa Claus doesn’t exist? How did you feel?
  32. Do you think there will be a White Christmas this year? How will you feel if it snows for Christmas? What will you do?
  33. Do you know anyone who has a birthday at Christmas? What are the advantages and disadvantages of having a Christmas birthday?
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