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Advent Calendar 2019

An Advent calendar is a special calendar used to count the days of Advent in anticipation of Christmas. Many Advent calendars take the form of a large rectangular card with "windows", one for each day of December leading up to and including Christmas Eve (December 24). Consecutive doors are opened every day leading up to Christmas, beginning on December 1. The calendar windows open to reveal an image, a poem, a portion of a story, or a small gift, such as a toy or a chocolate item.


The advent calendar that follows is a digital one. There is a new activity behind each door, from crossword puzzles and short stories to filling in Christmas songs lyrics and making easy Christmas crafts. The doors open only on the relevant day so they can be a real surprise.

I have been making online advent calendars since 2016 and every year I change some of the activities. This year I have included two Kahoot quizes which can be played with the whole class on mobile phones if your school allow…
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Advent Calendar 2018

Last year I prepared an Advent Calendar full of ELT activities for the classroom and the home. The truth is I cannot resist the daily surprises Advent Calendars hide behind their small doors so I made a new one for 2018.

In the calendar that follows there is a new activity behind each door, from crossword puzzles and short stories to filling in Christmas songs lyrics and making easy Christmas crafts. Some are the same as last year's but there are some new activities as well:

Day 1: Make easy candy cane sleighs to give as Christmas presents
Day 2: Make some easy Christmas Angels to hang on your tree
Day 3: This is Britain Christmas video and worksheets
Day 4: Print and solve a Christmas crossword puzzle
Day 5: Christmas shopping in London! (British Council video and activities)
Day 6: Read and listen to the story "The Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry (abridged)
Day 7: Play a Christmas quiz with your friends
Day 8: Write an email to Santa
Day 9: Make a pop-up Christmas card

EU Code Week and ELT

EU Code Week (6th - 21st October) is a grassroots initiative which aims to bring coding and digital literacy to everybody in a fun and engaging way.


Learning to code helps us to make sense of the rapidly changing world around us, expand our understanding of how technology works, and develop skills and capabilities in order to explore new ideas and innovate.



Coding and 21st century learning

Coders or programmers are people who write the programmes behind everything we see and do on a computer. Most of our students spend several hours playing online games, but few know how to create a game. Learning to code encourages students to become creators, not just consumers of the technology they use, in other words it teaches them to use their personal devices productively rather than distractingly.

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