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Our new December resources should help you have an enjoyable and interesting teaching month. Amongst the bizarre or curious, we present our annual update of what exotic gifts the truly rich might give each other this Christmas from the Neiman Marcus Christmas catalog (Try Unwrapping This - Upper Intermediate Instant Lesson).

There's also a warmer looking at Christmas trees (The Origins of Christmas Trees) and a Pre-Intermediate Instant Lesson looking at a school for Santas in Japan.

And for elementary level students, learn all about the golden Christmas tree made of 40 kilograms of gold that a Tokyo store is offering this Christmas (Golden Tree - Elementary Instant Lesson).

Looking at Christmas from a different angle, our Intermediate Instant Lesson 'Giving Kids' asks how children can be taught to help others, especially in the aftermath of a disaster. Parents can educate their children and help them to become enthusiastic about sharing and helping


There are also new resources on direct and indirect speech ("Direct" & Indirect Speech - Grammar Worksheet) and the vocabulary of casual clothes (Casual Clothes - Max Vocabulary Worksheet).

We wish you all a very happy time with your family and friends this Christmas/New Year Season.

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Newest resources in the Teachers' Room include: 

- Golden Tree - Elementary Instant Lesson
Do you want a special gift for Christmas? A jewelry store in Tokyo has a gold revolving tree. The tree is made of 40 kilograms of gold. ( Christmas trees, shopping language, questions in the past simple.)

- Santa School - Pre-Intermediate Instant Lesson
A school for Santas has opened in Japan. (Santa, finding the main idea, complete the picture.)

- Giving Kids - Intermediate Instant Lesson
How do you teach children to think of others? Teaching children about the terrible effects of natural disasters and what they personally can do to help disaster victims is one way. (Charities, disasters, past perfect.)

- Try Wrapping this - Upper-Intermediate Instant Lesson
Our annual look at the Neiman Marcus fantasy Christmas catalog. His and her gold and diamond Van Cleef & Arpels watches that come with a trip to Paris and Geneva for $1.1 million or a Heritage Hen Mini Farm for $100,000. ( Christmas, very expensive gifts, role play.)

- The Origins of Christmas Trees - Weekly Warmer - Intermediate and above
This warmer looks at a little of the history of Christmas trees. (Predicting, scanning, decorating a tree.)

- "Direct" & Indirect Speech - Grammar Worksheet - (Int)
This Anna Grammar worksheet looks at an international summit and has 3 exercises for students to work on.

- Golden Tree - Instant Workbook
An online Instant Workbook for elementary students.
Skills: Reading Comprehension, Grammar - word order, making question, "wh" questions. There are eight exercises to try.

- Casual Clothes - An All Levels Max Vocabulary Worksheet
Clothes that we wear in our free time when we want to be comfortable are casual clothes. (Definitions, pair crossword.)

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Christmas - December 25th
 - Christmas in different countries - Weekly Warmer - Pre-Intermediate
To practice reading for understanding, asking and answering questions and to learn about the Christmas customs of different countries.

- Famous Cities - Bethlehem - Weekly Warmer - Intermediate
This warmer gets students scanning for information about a travel destination, completing a table about it and then sharing information in small groups.

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Santa School - Pre-Intermediate Instant Lesson
"A school for Santas has opened in Japan, a country with little Christian tradition and a Christmas that is more about shopping than religion."

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This Month's Point of Interest


This month's Point of Interest comes from one of this month's new lessons, the Pre-Intermediate Instant Lesson, 'Santa School'.

Japan school trains wannabe "Santa-sans"
Tue Nov 27, Tokyo (Reuters) - The Tokyo Santa Claus Academy teaches St. Nicks.
On this weekend, 88 Santa wannabes were at the school in Tokyo's Roppongi district for a course in how to behave as "Santa-san," as the man in red is known in Japan.
"There are many children who don't believe in Santa Claus anymore," said Masaki Azuma, head of the school. "So I said to myself, "Let's bring Santa Claus back."
The morning began with Azuma teaching students to think like Santa Claus. For example, they shouldn't reply unless people call them 3."Santa-San" The students also learned magic tricks.
Students also learned how to answer difficult questions that children ask about Santa such as, "My house doesn't have a chimney and we also have a security system, so how will you be able to come in and deliver my present?"
The Academy's answer is that Santa, whose job it is to deliver presents, will find a way. The security system knows who he is and will let him in.
The students dress in their Santa costumes and walk through the busy Omotesando district. They exchange high fives with shoppers and pose for photos.
Kazuko Iida visits local preschools and retirement homes during Christmas.
Although the head of the school, Masaki Azuma, is nearly 70, he wants to continue with his school because he thinks it is important."Even as times change, Santa Claus is a figure that needs to live in the hearts of everyone," he said.
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