Please find below a selection of Christmas resources for German, French, Spanish and Italian.  We hope you find them helpful for planning Christmas lessons and activities.

Ideas for lessons or class activities

  • Describe a snowman. Draw a snowman without your partner seeing.  Describe your snowman to partner.  Partner has to draw it.  Do they match?  Good for reinforcing adjectives, body parts, colours and clothing.
  • Make an class advent calendar. Behind each door have a French/German word or a small gift/sweet.
  • Advent books – wrap up your favourite foreign language story books.  Choose a child to unwrap one each day you’re in school for advent.  Read that story to the class.
  • Singing – learn a traditional Christmas song to perform in assembly.
  • Learn about the cultural events which take place during Christmas in the target language country. Ask pupils to research or create a quiz about an event.
  • Interview a native speaker or parent about their Christmas experience.
  • Play a traditional game from the country.
  • Create a Christmas triarama. Examples can be found here.
  • Design a Christmas tree decoration with an MFL twist.  Make and hang on a Christmas tree in the classroom.
  • Create a shape poem. Draw an outline of a Christmas shape and inside include lots of target language vocabulary linked to that image.
  • Design a language Christmas jumper.  You could even buy cheap T shirts and create your design using fabric pens.

German resources

How to celebrate a German Christmas (in 10 easy steps)

Christmas PowerPoint- Goethe-Institut

German Christmas customs – Goethe-Institut

Read Wunderbare Weihnachtsstimmung by Colleen Marshman on German Christmas food.

German festivals Pinterest board

A German Christmas by BBC Languages

Resources from Light Bulb Languages

UK-German Connection has a range of Christmas resources which can be found here.

On line Christmas games

Write to the Weihnachtsmann!

Languagenut Christmas activities

Songs:

The Frozen song in German with lyrics

Stille Nacht by Nana Mouskouri

Traditional German Christmas songs

Nikolaustag:

Information on the history and culture of Nikolaustag can be found here

Wikipedia information on Saint Nicholas’ Day across Europe

UK-German Connection’s resources

Nikolaustag information in German

French resources

Resources from Light Bulb Languages

French Festivals Pinterest board

A French Christmas by BBC Languages

Book suggestion – P’tit loup qui prépare le Noël

An Advent calendar offering a new story each day

Le Calendrier de l’Avent en Chansons

Noël en famille

Background information on Saint Nicolas

Coloriages Saint Nicolas

Petit Papa Noël

Cartes de Noël

Christmas colouring pictures

Languagenut Christmas activities

Songs:

Vive le vent – Jingle Bells in French and the Chipmunks’ version!

‘Frozen’ in French

Spanish resources

Light Bulb Language resources

Spanish festivals on Pinterest

A Spanish Christmas from BBC Languages

Languagenut Christmas activities

Songs:

Cascabeles: Jingle Bells in Spanish
Campana sobre campana
El Burrito de Belén: Song with responses
Spanglish version of ‘A visit from St Nick!’

Italian resources

An Italian Christmas from BBC Languages

Italian Advent calendar: Calendario dell’Avvento

Italian Festivals on Pinterest

General resources: 

  • Christmas E cards available to download in multiple languages
  • Christmas around the world
  • NORAD(North American Aerospace Defense Command) are getting ready to track Santa’s trip around the world on Christmas Eve. Their Tracking Santa’ website contains lots of games and activities in eight different languages to help you and your students to get ready …open 1 Dec
  • Plus:The International Space Station (ISS) is back over UK skies with some great evening passes over the Christmas period. The ISS is the largest Space Station/ laboratory ever built, and can be spotted with the naked eye at certain times as it orbits Earth at 17500mph at an altitude of roughly 200 miles. You should be able to see it on 24 December, clear skies allowing…!  Head to this link to follow it.

 

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