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Describing a Process: How to Decorate an X-mas Tree

 
Level: ESL High-Intermediate

Objectives: learn the names of Christmas tree decorations, review time-order signal words, explain a process of decorating a Christmas tree
 
Teacher Notes:
 
Bring in a sample of Christmas decorations or images of a decorated Christmas tree cut out from postcards, calendars etc. Show/point to one decoration at a time and elicit the name(s): garland, icicles, ornament, wreath, glass ball, a strand of lights, tinsel. In a higher level class, add adjectives to describe the decorations:
 
frosted/hand-painted glass balls
matte/shiny/glittered/translucent ornaments
clip-on birds
 
Hand out the worksheet. Students guess the popular tree decorations based on their descriptions in Tree Decorations.
 
Review the common time-order signal words (first, next, then, following that, finally etc.) and discuss their purpose when giving an explanation how to do something (make steps of a particular process clear to the listener/reader). Go over more examples in Let's Decorate the Tree.
 
Wrap up with Discussion Questions.
 
Student Handout



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