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Grudtvig project 2012-2014

Traditions in Latvia – Christmas

NARRATIVE ON VIDEOS

Video name: LATVIAN CHRISTMAS
Video link:

Category: Traditions

Theme:

A description of some of the Latvian traditions at Christmas time, with some historical comparisons.

Suitable for Intermediate and Advanced levels.

Competences:
Conversing
Intercultural
Listening
Reading
Speaking
Writing
Supporting vocabulary
Supporting grammar
Supporting strategies

Difficulty: Intermediate (B)

Function:

Functions have included:

  • Team work
  • ICT
  • Prioritising
  • Decision making
  • Cultural awareness
  • Presenting
  • Discussing
  • Researching

NB: This kind of topic can give learners confidence because it is based on their own experience, so they can concentrate on the language they need, without worrying so much about not having any prior knowledge or ideas.

SUGGESTED EXERCISES RELATED TO VIDEOS

Tasks/Skills:

LANGUAGE TASKS:

  • Pre-listening task – learners create a mind map/spidergram around the theme of ”Christmas” – ‘this will stimulate vocabulary and discussion and give an idea of existing knowledge
  • Listening for gist and details – there are images and a commentary but no subtitles

FOLLOW-UP TASKS:

  • Seasonal exercises, eg Ņew Year`s Resolutions, using future with going to
  • Multiple choice
  • Discussion, eg ‘Cultural traditions merge pagan and Christian beliefs’ – advanced level learners can practise debating skills, eg presenting arguments using `Īn my opinion`, ‘`Ī agree with you ‘, etc

Keywords:

Attachment: docx.gif LATVIAN_CHRISTMAS_TASKS.docx

 

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