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|Aim||To practise the passive in the context of Christmas and/or other cultural celebrations.|
|Activity||Students identify the passive in a text and rewrite in active voice, then have a class discussion.|
|Organisation||Pair or group work and whole class|
|Preparation||Make enough copies of the activity for the number of pairs in your class.
Cut up the text along the lines and mix.
|What do I do?||
Follow-up: students write about their own cultural traditions using the passive.
CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD
St. Nicholas visits on December 4th to find out which children have been good and bad. When he visits again on December 6th good children are given presents and bad children are left twigs in their shoes.
French-speaking children are visited by Pere Noel. He and his friend Pere Fouettard give sweets to good children and a handful of sticks to bad children.
A sweet bread called cougnou or cougnolle is sometimes eaten on Christmas morning.
Fresh fish with rice or potatoes is usually eaten on Christmas Eve.
Children are visited by Santa Claus on December 6th. Their shoes are left outside the door or window before they go to bed. In the morning they find red bags in them filled with sweets and toys.
After this, the Christmas tree is seen for the first time by the children. Christmas songs are sung and gifts from under the tree are shared.
An early morning church service called Misa de Aguinaldo is attended daily between December 16th and 24th. In the capital city, it is customary to roller-skate to the church!
A piece of string is tied to children’s toes before they go to bed. The other end is hung out the window. The next morning, the pieces of string are pulled by the rollerskaters!
On Christmas eve, candles are carried to an unlit bonfire. The Christmas story is read by a family member and then the bonfire is lit.
At mass on Christmas day another bonfire is lit and hymns are sung. Chicken, oranges, nuts and pastries are eaten for dinner.