Christmas has become a fun filled holiday for people all over the world – regardless of whether they are Christian or not. As a result many people are very familiar with the idea of Santa Claus, gift giving, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, Jingle Bells and Christmas dinner of turkey and all the trimmings.
However, some people are not familiar with the reason practicing Christians celebrate this special day.
- Try to listen to the story several times WITHOUT reading the subtitles.
- Then, try to answer the questions. ( Do NOT check your answers)
- Next, go back and listen to the story while you read the subtitles.
- Answer the questions again. Check the answers.
- Read along WITH the speaker – at the same time, NOT after him. When you speak at the same time as the speaker, this is called shadow speaking.
The Nativity Story: A Reading ( medium)
The Christmas Story Comprehension: Source BBC
A Christmas Story Quiz
A more difficult Nativity story quiz
A more difficult Christmas quiz
An animated Version of the Christmas Story with words
The Very Fast Version of The Christmas Story (Video)
The Christmas Story Comic
The Christmas Story Song
The Digital Nativity Story
Fun with Christmas Vocabulary
I’m including some traditional Christmas carols that focus on the real meaning of Christmas. People have sung these carols for hundreds of years, so it is useful for you to know some of them.
Silent Night ( German Stille Nach, heilige Nacht) is the best known Christmas carol in the world. It has been translated into more than 140 languages and sung by every singer who has ever released a Christmas album. Composed in 1818 in Austria, it was declared an intagible cultural heritage by UNESCO in March 20111.
In 1914,during World War 1, soldiers on both sides called a Christmas truce for one night when one side heard the other singing silent night. All soldiers on both sides began singing the song in their own language as it was one song they all knew. That night, the enemy troops spent the evenig celebrating Christmas together singing, getting to know each other and talking about their loved ones. The next day, they went back to shooting and killing each other.
Silent Night and the Seven O’clock News
In 1966 Well known singers Simon and Garfunkel recorded two contrasting recordings: a simple arrangement of the Christmas carol “Silent Night“, and a simulated “7 O’Clock News” bulletin of the actual events of 3 August 1966.
Breath of Heaven
This song focuses on how frightened Mary was and her hopes that she could live up to the responsibilities she was going to have as the mother of God. The video features scenes adapted from the 2007 film “The Nativity Story” by New Lines Productions Inc.
O Holy Night
This song was originally written in French and is often sung at Christian services on Christmas eve. More than 100 artists have recorded this song, This version by Canadian singer Josh Groban is very powerful.
Do You Hear What I Hear?
This song focuses on what the shepherds in the field heard and saw on the first
Christmas when Jesus was born.
What Child Is This
The next two songs focus on the joy Christmas is supposed to bring and reminds us that we need to remember to keep some of that joy in our heart even when things in our life are bad.
Try to sing along with this next song as loudly as you can. Make sure you really open your mouth wide. It will help with your pronunciation, your phrasing and your speaking fluency.
from Learning English with Michelle http://learningenglishwithmichelle.blogspot.com/2016/12/esl-nativity-christmas-listening.html