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ESL Christmas Vocabulary: Word List & Games

ESL Christmas Vocabulary: Word List & Games
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Instructor: Maggie Rouman

Maggie currently teaches post-secondary e-learning and assessment courses and has a bachelor's degree in special education and a master's degree in educational neuroscience.

Get in the Christmas spirit with some festive activities for helping ESL students learn Christmas-related vocabulary words. Spread some holiday cheer while turning your lessons into highly engaging, memorable sessions.

ESL Christmas Vocabulary

Christmas is a great time of year to have some fun with your ESL, or English as a Second Language, students. Let's look at Christmas-related vocabulary you can introduce to your students to help them prepare for holiday conversations.

Some general Christmas vocabulary words you could teach your ESL learners include:

  • Bells
  • Candles
  • Celebrate
  • Chimney
  • Christmas carol
  • Fireplace
  • Garland
  • Jolly
  • Merry
  • Mistletoe
  • Noel
  • Poinsettia
  • Sleigh
  • Wreath

Christmas tree vocabulary might include:

  • Pine
  • Decorations
  • Ornament
  • Tinsel
  • Lights

Vocabulary related to holiday gifting includes:

  • Presents
  • Gift
  • Bow
  • Wrapping paper
  • Toys

Also, introduce your ESL students to notable holiday characters and locations, including:

  • Santa Claus
  • Elves
  • St. Nick
  • Rudolph
  • Reindeer
  • North Pole

You might also introduce some religious terms related to Christmas:

  • Jesus
  • Shepherds
  • Star
  • Wise men
  • Angels
  • Baby
  • Manger
  • Nativity

Another option is to teach your ESL students about different Christmas foods, such as:

  • Candy canes
  • Christmas cookies
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Dressing
  • Eggnog
  • Fruitcake
  • Ham
  • Pumpkin pie
  • Sweet potato
  • Turkey

Activity: Santa's Sleigh Race

Now let's explore some fun activities you can use to teach your ESL students Christmas vocabulary. Santa's Sleigh Race is a game is for students of all ages and is perfect as a quick review of vocabulary.

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