Dickens - A CHRISTMAS CAROL – scanning and listening comprehension in a Christmas context – pre-intermediate
A Christmas classic in two pages to practise scanning and listening comprehension skills is another way of approaching Dickens and acquiring exam skills.
I summarized the story to be done in a one-hour lesson so as not to be too tedious and give a sense of completion.
I first hand out the story (see download) or project it on the whiteboard and whilst I’m doing so they can skim it but most students already know the story from films or cartoons if they haven’t already read it.
I divide the class into teams A and B. I then ask them questions on the text without the students being able to read them and the first person to find the answer in the text gets a point for their team. They have to read out the complete sentence to answer.
This activity gives them listening, scanning, reading and pronunciation practice. It's more fun than just reading the story.
There is also a GAP-FILL for homework but one has to first collect in the photocopies with the complete story on it.
The competitive element makes it an exciting activity even for those participants who would normally be easily bored by reading a story. To encourage weaker or less collaborative students (I’m thinking of some teens) I sometimes nominate those students to receive 2 or 3 points each for their team, making sure there are an equal number of ‘specially nominated’ students in each team so as to be fair.
You can download my three sheets below.
I hope you find the activity useful and enjoyable.
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My name is Susan Brodar, born in London into a multilingual family and brought up bilingual English / Italian.