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Thursday, January 23, 2020

January Topic: The Lunar New Year!



The Lunar New Year, beginning January 24th, is best known as the Chinese New Year and is celebrated by many cultures around the globe. Its origin has to do with harvest and since this special time follows the lunar calendar, it falls on a different day every year. There are many festivities, traditions and customs which can make this an interesting and lively topic. Have your ESL students not only learn about the festivities that vary from culture to culture, but also the symbols and beliefs of the Chinese zodiac and what that means for the year ahead!

2020 is the Year of the Rat according to the Chinese zodiac. Find out what's in store for you (here) if you were born in the year of 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984m 1996, 2008, and 2020.

RECOMMENDED ESL LINKS FOR TOPICS AROUND THE LUNAR NEW YEAR:

ESOL Courses: Chinese New Year vocabulary, games and quizzes(online)
ESOL Courses: The Chinese zodiac signs and explanations 
English Club: Chinese New Year reading and quick quiz online
Heads Up English: The Chinese New Year discussion questions
ESL Library: Chinese New Year lesson plans: membership site

Here's a great infographic by Giraffe (Click here to see in full) - 50 unbelievable facts about the Chinese New Year:

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