Subtheme “Holidays in Great Britain”
Lesson objective: by the end of the lesson SS will be able to write a report on theme “Holidays in Great Britain”.
Final task: Tomorrow you will take part in a radio progmamme about the festivals in Great Britain. You’ve prepared a report, but unfortunately your younger brother spilt some coffee on it. Rewrite your report. There is no time to be lost.
Materials and aids: Songs, video-cassette, pictures, handouts, cards.
Activity 1. Watch the film and define the topic of our lesson. Finish this sentence on the blackboard.
Activity 2. Look at the blackboard. These are the names of some British holidays. Have you ever heard about them?
Activity 3. Listen to the questions and answer them, raise a signal card with a number of a holiday.
Which holidays are not widely celebrated in Russia?
On which holiday do we say «trick or treat»?
When do people send greeting cards in a form of hearts?
What holidays do the Britains love most of all?
When do British people decorate a tree with colourful lights and toys?
When do children hang stockings near the fire place?
Activity 4. Read the words:
Celtic New Years Eve
ancient Roman times
Activity 5. Work in groups of four. Read the text and fill in the table.
Christmas is the happiest and the busiest time of the year for British people. It’s the day of birth of Jesus Chris. People celebrate this holiday on 25th of December. Most families have a Christmas tree in their homes. The Christmas tree is originated in Germany in the 16th century. A traditional Christmas dinner in early England was the head of a pig prepared with mustard. It was usually followed by roast peacock.
The feast has its roots in the Celtic New years Eve called Samhain. On October 31 children wear masks and colorful costumes. The most popular costumes are ghosts, witches, and skeletons. Traditional Halloween colours: orange and black. Popular decorations are witches, ghosts, skeletons, black cats and jack-o-lanterns. Jack-o-lanterns are pumpkins people carve to look like faces. Everyone tries to look scary on Halloween.
This holiday dates back to the ancient Roman times. Valentine was a Roman priest who was put into prison by the Emperor Claudis for marrying young people. We send greeting cards to our sweet-hearts and friends and ask them to «Be My Valentine». This means «be my friend or love». We also decorate our classrooms with big red roses and chocolate to sweethearts, friends and family.
Activity 6. Look at the blackboard. Here are the names of some songs. Listen to the tape and match the songs and the holidays. Fulfil the table.
Activity 7. Let’s check your work. Choose the name of the holiday and read the information about it.
Activity 8. Tomorrow you will take part in a radio programme about festivals in Great Britain. You have prepared a report, but unfortunately your younger brother spilt some coffee on it. Rewrite your report. There is no time to be lost.
There are many holidays in Great Britain. I’d like to tell you about one of them. On 14. February people celebrate Saint Valentine’s Day. On this day a boy sends a card to a girl he likes. But he doesn’t sign his name so she doesn’t know who it’s from. And kids sometimes send cards to their parents. Adults often send flowers, poems and love messages. The symbol of this day is a red heart.
No one really knows the true origin of this holiday.
There are many holidays in Great Britain. I’d like to tell you about one of them. Halloween is celebrated on October 31. in Britain. The Celts were the first to celebrate this holiday, which was their feast of the dead. It is a time for playing tricks and practical jokes. Adults and children go from house to house asking for sweets. If the owner doesn’t give them a treat, they will play a trick on him. The symbol of this day is a jack-o-lantern.
There are many holidays in Great Britain. I’d like to tell you about one of them. Christmas is on 25th of December.
Christmas celebrates the birth of Christ. On Christmas Eve children hang stockings for Father Christmas to fill with presents. People have a Christmas tree at home. They decorate the tree with colourful lights, tinsel and toys.
In England groups of children and adults go from house to house and sing Christmas songs called carols. The symbol of this day is a log.
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