If you want authentic materials for your lesson but don’t have time to search the net, here’s something for you. Topical, engaging news articles and video clips with suggested teaching ideas.
Apparently Spanish lottery adverts are as eagerly awaited as the John Lewis Christmas campaigns in the UK. Perhaps this is not surprising as this year's full-length 'anuncio de la lotería' was directed by one of Spain's most famous film directors, Alejandro Amenábar, and runs for nearly 20 minutes!
We've just published a worksheet to accompany the two shorter versions of the adverts (3 mins, 30 secs), which would work well as a December lesson for able key stage 4 or key stage 5 students. It comes with comprehension activities, answers and suggested extension tasks.
We published a similar resource last year, so you could introduce both adverts and invite students to compare them or explain which is their favourite.
The German Post Office, Deutschepost, offers a Christmas Post service so that children can send their wishlist to Santa and get a personal reply. This could be a great stimulus for some festive writing, adaptable for any Key Stage, with the potential for a German letter in response.
Play all or part of the Deutschepost video clip (it runs for 3m. 12s.) which shows children preparing their wishlists to send to Father Christmas and celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Himmelpfort Christmas post service. Can students get the gist of what the clip is about? They could also listen out for what presents German children are hoping for this year.
Students could use the Christmas Post page to find out as much as they can about how this service works (e.g. where should they send their letters and what the deadline is). They could then write their own wishlist of presents in German or their own letter to Santa, which they could actually post if they would like a reply (although the deadline is the 22 December!).