Theme of the fortnight:

The ALL Language Zones contain our five language publications – Francophonie, Deutsch Lehren und Lernen, Vida Hispánica and Tuttitalia, plus new and specially selected archive content – an entirely interactive and interconnected archive on language teaching practice. They also contain networking and information areas for each language: for cultural information, discussion, news and updates.

This fortnight’s theme on our Language Zones is Christmas – featured articles include: News & Notes, Once upon a time…. Using fairy tales to engage with German, How to get a cultural boost in the UK, Real-life resources, Events and festivals in the Spanish-speaking world, Festivals and fiestas in France and the French-speaking world, and Festivals and fiestas in Germany and the German-speaking world.

Here are a few selections for the Christmas season, from the ALL Literature Wiki and its Online Sources pages.  (PS: The list is also available on the wiki as ‘Christmas mix’)

O Tannenbaum: singalong version in German (Search ‘Tannenbaum’)
A variety of Grimm stories: with text and animated versions in a wide range of languages, and specific lesson ideas too – search Grimm or Schneewittchen
World Stories: a growing collection of stories from around the world. The collection includes retold traditional tales and new short stories in the languages most spoken by UK children.
The Frozen song in German: with lyrics
Stille Nacht: Nana Mouskouri

Cascabeles: Jingle Bells in Spanish
Campana sobre campana
El Burrito de Belén: Song with responses
Here is a Spanglish version of ‘A visit from St Nick’ which might amuse!
The Frozen song in Spanish

Vive le vent: Jingle Bells in French or with lyrics on screen or for real masochists the Chipmunks’ version!
The Frozen song in French
Chanson pour les enfants l’hiver: a well-known Prévert poem available in different versions – Search ‘Chanson’.
On this French site you can find an Advent calendar offering a new story each day                Voeux de bonne année: an email text for reading and use as a writing frame – Search ‘voeux’

Useful ideas for you and your students could include:

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