December 2014 – Do They Know It's Christmas?


Dear Teacher,

Christmas is once again almost upon us – why not treat your students to some festive tunes?

Ten Christmas Worksheets            Christmas Karaoke

December’s New Downloadable Worksheets
Two Christmas songs, and one to evoke a log fire…

Band Aid 30 – Do They Know It’s Christmas? 2014
On 15th November 2014 some of the UK and Ireland’s biggest-selling pop acts gathered to rerecord Band Aid’s 1984 charity Christmas single. The track has re-tweaked lyrics to reflect the Ebola virus epidemic in west Africa with all proceeds going towards battling what organiser Bob Geldof described as a “particularly pernicious illness because it renders humans untouchable and that is sickening”. This worksheet is a reworking of an earlier contribution from Mena Bianco, Naples.

–      I Wish Every Day Could Be Like Christmas – Bon Jovi
A worksheet eliciting Christmas vocabulary, submitted by Maria Gulczynska, Ancona.

–      Unforgettable – Nat King Cole
This low level worksheet was written by Roy Boardman, Naples.

Over 240 Downloadable worksheets now online.

The Tune Into English Roadshow
This month will see performances in Lombardy, Piemonte, Liguria, Emilia Romagna and Campania. There are two excerpts from November’s trip to Andalucia below. I look forward to meeting you and your students in the coming months!

–      The Roadshow in Spain
–      Comments
“The best ESL experience ever!” – Prof.ssa Antonella Porcu, Liceo Scientifico “G. Spano”, Sassari

Speak Up Explains
A look at grammar mistakes in Beatles songs will be published on the 4th December, with Last Christmas coming later in the month!
See all videos

Also online
– Over 9,000 Karaoke songs!
Summer schools in Ireland and Scotland
– Sing along with this week’s UK Top 10 on Speak Up
Notes From An ELT Consultant – free to Supporters of the site!
Once – DVD and 48-page Worksheet
The Tune Into English T-shirt
Tune Into English on facebook

Other news:
–   Today (1st December) is World AIDS Day.
–      The 5th December is the first anniversary of the death of Nelson Mandela.

I wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Keep singing!

Best wishes,

Fergal Kavanagh
The web’s largest free resource for learning English through pop music!


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