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A British Christmas

A British Christmas

Christmas quiz British Culture, Traditions and Customs This page has moved to our new British life and Culture website Britain is full of culture and traditions which have been around for hundreds of years. Enjoy! Merry Christmas Mr Bean Teacher's note; The activities in the worksheet at the bottom of this post are based on the full episode available on DVD or on y cannot be embedded here). This post contains some exercises based on the embeddable youtube clips. The answers are in the worksheet. DVD availablehere Mr Bean celebrates the traditional British Christmas: the baubles, the crackers, the nativity scene, the carols, the presents, the turkey and the mistletoe... they are all here. You are going to discuss Christmaswatch the Christmas Mr Bean episode and do some activitiesfind Christmas words in a word search exercise write the story in the past tensefind out more about the typical British Christmas and some of the Christmas things in the video. Discuss Do you celebrate Christmas? Watch clip 1 Answer the questions in the interactive exercise after you watch Did Mr Bean have any Christmas decorations? Now do exercise 1 (the answers to questions 9 and 10 are in the next clip) Watch clip 2

Bonfire Night All around the world, festive days like New Year’s Eve are celebrated with fireworks. But here in Britain, there is one night that is very special. It’s November the fifth, Bonfire Night, and I’m wrapped up warm for some autumn fun. Tonight’s the night for lighting bonfires and setting off fireworks. Bonfire Night parties take place in towns and cities across Britain. Joe: Steve, what’s the plan for tonight’s celebrations? Steve: OK, tonight actually kicks off at 6pm in the city centre by our Guild Hall. Joe: It sounds like a hectic night. Steve: On the night itself, we have a hundred and eighty volunteers and many, many other people to help us out. Joe: And be honest, is this about history or is it just an excuse to have fun? Steve: Bonfire Night is about history. So how did this all start? Leon’s probably got the best job in the world. Joe: Leon, talk me through the sort of display you’re going to put on. Leon: There’s about four thousand fireworks which all create different effects.

Pancake Day | LearnEnglish Teens | British Council Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, is a special day celebrated in many countries around the world. It is celebrated in English-speaking countries like the UK, Ireland, Australia and Canada. In France, the USA and other countries, it is called 'Mardi Gras' or 'Fat Tuesday'. In others like Spain, Italy or Brazil, Shrove Tuesday is at the end of Carnival. Pancake Day is always on a Tuesday in February or March. Another tradition on Pancake Day in the UK is pancake racing. Pancakes are very easy to make. Ingredients: One cup of flour One cup of milk One large egg Some salt Some butter or oil Lemon juice Some sugar Instructions: Fill one cup with flour and put into a bowl. When the pancake is ready, squeeze some lemon juice and put some sugar on it and eat it immediately.

Christmas worksheets, Christmas flashcards, printable Christmas games, Christmas cards, Christmas party supplies and lesson plans materials to print Christmas Flashcards Set 1: vocabulary: Santa Claus, a reindeer, a sleigh, a snowman, Christmas lights, a bell, an angel, an elf, a bow, mistletoe Free Christmas Song to download: has written a version of Jingle Bells to match the vocabulary in the MES Christmas flashcards set one. It's a free download you can use in your classes. Check out the site and song! Got time? Make your own Christmas worksheets: bingo, board games, crossword puzzles, dice, reading, writing worksheets and more! free Christmas listening tests, listening exercises, audio and worksheets Free Santa Game: Santa and his reindeer have been trapped in mazes!! Tools for Educators is an MES site with 10+ worksheet generators to make vocabulary and language building teaching materials, using the images from these flashcards. 123 Listening is a website developed by MES and Dream English. MES Games is an online ESL games site for students. Print old MES files: here are the old (2006~2014) christmas files

Geography of the UK The official title of the UK is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland . Great Britain (the formerly separate realms of England and Scotland, and the principality of Wales. ) Northern Ireland (also known as Ulster) Numerous smaller islands including the Isle of Wight, Anglesey, and the Scilly, Orkney, Shetland, and Hebridean archipelagos. The UK is an island nation in Western Europe just off the coast of France. The UK lies between the North Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea, and comes within 35 km (22 miles) of the northwest coast of France, from which it is separated by the English Channel. The UK has a total area of approximately 245,000 km², almost a quarter-of-a-million square kilometres. The UK is made up of several islands. The UK is bordered by four seas: to the south by the English Channel, which separates it from continental Europe to the east by the North Sea to the west by the Irish Sea and the Atlantic Ocean Lakes Find out more about the landscape of England

When is Thanksgiving? Window on Britain - Holidays Fill the gap: When the British people go on ________________________ How much time do they take? Where do they go? Fill the gap: Lots of people take ________________________ weeks holiday break. Fill the gap: British people make 40 millions ________________________ every year . Fill the gap: ________________________ is number one for a holiday choice. Fill the gap: Why do so many British people go abroad for their holidays? Fill the gap: In the 19th century, there weren't any cars or planes. Fill the gap: People con here to swim, wind surf or just sit in the deck ________________________ Fill the gap: They all have a ________________________ time, and it doesn't matter how old you are. Fill the gap: Some people cam in ________________________ or stay in caravan. Fill the gap: Everyone hopes for a lot of sunshine and not too much ________________________ . Fill the gap: Not everyone wants to spend two weeks lying on a beach.

Unusual British festivals | LearnEnglish Teens | British Council Hello. I’m going to talk about British festivals. I’m sure you’ve heard about the Notting Hill Carnival in London and the Edinburgh Festival, but today we’re going to look at a lot more that you might not know about. Actually, a lot of these are not exactly festivals, but strange races or competitions. Some of them are ancient and some are modern. So, let’s start in January in the north of Scotland with the Burning of the Clavie. Now to the north of England. Another kind of race takes place in spring – cheese rolling. From people-racing, to animals, very tiny animals. More fun, in my opinion, are the onion-eating contest, also in Gloucestershire – a race to finish eating a raw onion – and the Black Pudding Throwing Championship, in Lancashire. Finally, let’s go back to the south of England. So, that’s just a taste of a few of our old and more modern traditions.

Play Free Christmas Games - GoGo Christmas Games Locating London's past: a geo-referencing tool for mapping historical and archaeological evidence, 1660-1800 Locating London´s Past has created an intuitive GIS interface that enables researchers to map and visualize textual and artefactual data relating to seventeenth and eighteenth-century London against a fully rasterised version of John Rocque´s 1746 map of London and the first accurate modern OS map (1869-80). More than this, it makes these data and maps available within a Google Maps container, allowing for the analysis of the data with open source visualization tools. The interface is readily expandable to include additional data sets and maps (both modern and historic). Building on the partnerships created through the JISC funded Connected Histories project, and through a new collaboration with the Museum of London Archaeological Service (MOLA), Locating London´s Past has produced a working GIS-enabled public web environment that allows existing electronic historical data about London to be repackaged and organised around space. The project incorporates four elements.

Dr Ciaran O'Keeffe: Six reasons why we should celebrate Halloween - Dr Ciaran O'Keeffe Reverend J John argues today that far from being a harmless celebration, Halloween celebrates evil and trivialises death and deformity. He says it subverts messages we would usually wish to promote - such as warning children not to take sweets from strangers - and glorifies everything that is evil and unpleasant. But I am here to step in and defend Halloween as something frivolously fun that deserved to be celebrated. Here's why... 1. Halloween's origins lie in ancient customs regarding death or the praying for souls. 2. Despite Halloween seemingly being obsessed with ghosts, goblins and ghouls, it reflects modern society's fascination with all things spooky. 3. When a ghost suddenly jumps out at an unwilling victim in the latest scary movie we may scream or jump, knocking our neighbour's popcorn out of their hands. 4. Kids love spooky stuff. 5. Whilst there is some abuse of this traditional aspect of Halloween by a minority it has become a wonderful neighbourhood activity in some areas.

Window on Britain QUEEN Elizabeth II, the longest reigning British monarch of all time, is 94-years-old and still working. So how does she spend her days, and what are her hobbies? The Queen is incredibly busy, with a long history of taking her royal duties seriously. The official website of the British Monarchy reports that the Queen has sent around 100,000 telegrams to centenarians in the UK and the Commonwealth. Her reign has seen her travel more widely than any other monarch in British history, including travelling to Australia 15 times, Canada 23 times, Jamaica six times and New Zealand ten times. The Queen continues to carry out a full programme of engagements, including work with the 600 charities of which she is a patron. What does her day look like? Things kick off at 9am, when she is awoken by a 15-minute melody from a bagpipe player outside her window. She then spends her weekdays dealing with the extensive amount of paperwork which makes up the bulk of her day-to-day royal duties.