Good intentions to update the blog more regularly have remained just that, but we have managed to do something with this year’s John Lewis Christmas advert. We hope you and your students enjoy it.
Every December we produce a lesson plan based on the John Lewis Christmas advert and this year’s offering features a dog called Buster, a trampoline and an assortment of wild animals. The lesson is suitable for teens and adults, upper-intermediate (B2) and above, and includes speculation, observation and vocabulary to describe sounds.
The pdf contains everything you need for class, but if you’d rather display the images using Powerpoint, click here.
MAIN ACTIVITIES describing and comparing photographs, storytelling and discussion.
SUITABLE FOR teens and adults, upper-intermediate (B2) and above
MAIN AIMS Talking about the past and present, storytelling, vocabulary acquisition
SUITABLE FOR Teens and adults, Intermediate (B1) and above
This lesson plan is inspired by Jamie Keddie’s videotelling idea.
If you want lesson plans based on John Lewis adverts from other years, check these out:
The Hare and the Bear (2013)
The Snowmen (2012)
Take an occasionally controversial singer out of a short, self-imposed retirement, give her a Keane song to cover, add a bear, a hare and a beautifully crafted Christmas cartoon, mix with some activities focussing on listening, speaking and vocabulary development, and you have our Christmas lesson plan for this year.
Click here for the Teacher’s Notes.
Image made using photos taken from http://www.flickr.com/photos/eltpics by @nutrich, @cgoodey, @thornburyscott, @steve_muir, @evaguti and @leoselivan used under a CC Attribution Non-Commercial license, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/”
This time last year John Lewis released a sentimental advert featuring a boy who can’t wait to give his parents the perfect Christmas present, and we based a lesson plan on it. This year’s version is in a similar vein. Featuring a love-struck snowman, the ad contrasts nicely with the more irreverent take on the traditional Christmas commercial from the makers of the infamous Scottish soft drink, Irn Bru, which we’ve also included in this activity.
Click here to find out what we did with it.
I came across this and was spellbound by the beautiful music, the wonderful little boy and the unexpected ending. It also fit the bill perfectly for a jigsaw-style video activity I’ve been wanting to try for a while now. It’s taken a good hour-and-a-half with every class we’ve tried it out on but they’ve all said the time flew. And they were desperate to see the ending! Try it out and see what you think, but first, watch it yourself!