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    I need some questions for a christmas quiz, SHS level. I have no idea what Japanese kids learn about christmas - I showed some "easy" questions from the internet to a JTE and he could answer very few of them.

    So far, I have (mostly ripped from a jeopardy thread here):

    What do people put on top of the Christmas tree? (star, fairy)
    What is Santa’s last name? (Claus)
    What bird do people usually eat at Christmas in the UK, America etc.? (turkey)
    Where does Santa live? (the North Pole, Greenland)
    Complete the song lyric: Last Christmas, I gave you my __________ (heart)

    Any (helpful) suggestions welcome!

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    I teach high school (though unfortunately all of my lessons this week about Xmas were canceled because of flu). My students know some basics about the holiday, but they don't know much about the details of how Americans celebrate Christmas.

    Things they know:
    Santa gives presents
    Christmas trees
    We Wish You a Merry Christmas
    Xmas is December 25th (though some confuse it with the 24th, Xmas Eve)
    There's a deer with a red nose

    Things they don't know:
    elves
    candy canes
    that Americans don't eat fried chicken and Christmas cake
    The words "turkey," "chimney," "sleigh," "stocking," or "reindeer," though they understand the concepts in Japanese.
    Rudolph's name

    I don't know the level of your school, but I think you would have to teach cultural details before quizzing them on it, and vocabulary if you expect them to know a word like "turkey" in English.

    Or, you could do it as multiple choice: "What do people in America usually eat at Christmas - turkey, fried chicken, or hamburgers?" That would make the questions easier, and you could let the JTE translate the words they don't know.

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    Default Re: Christmas quiz questions

    Here's the killer - Who was born on Christmas day?
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    they said your uk blood has extremely high levels of tea and crumpets in it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miss_igirisu View Post
    Here's the killer - Who was born on Christmas day?
    Santa! It's Santa's birthday!

    something i do with multiple choice questions is to ask them why they chose which answer. it's surprisingly hard to get them to answer a "why" question, but i can see them trying to think of how to justify their reasons. even if they can say "i just guessed" in english, i think it's good to be able to say that. and sometimes when they give a reason, it's a surprising one!

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    The multiple choice followed by "why" is a great idea. Unfortunately, this is the first time I've worked with this particular JTE, and they want to cover a lot of material in the lesson, so I'm keeping it fairly simple. One to remember for the future, though...

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    even if the questions are extremely obvious, I think it's okay to ask them; after all, understanding the meaning of the question is good english practice in itself.

    questions I asked:

    -whose birthday is christmas?
    -what day is christmas on (what is the date)?
    -who has a white beard, wears a red suit, and gives presents to people?
    -what do people say on christmas? (example: they say "happy halloween" on halloween)

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