Eikaiwa Christmas Lesson
Name of Teacher: Katie Young
Class/Grade/Language Level: Eikaiwa (from children to adult)
Textbook and specific lesson: Christmas
Goal: To get students in the holiday spirit by learning the Hawaii version of “Twelve Days of Christmas” song!
Preparation: Worksheet (attached)
Class time: about 60 minutes
1) Introduce the song to the class. This lesson uses the Hawaii version of “Twelve Days”. It has simpler lyrics than the original song and uses objects that students will probably be familiar with. This is a good version of the songs and it has pictures! (10 - 15 min)
Give students the lyrics so they can follow along to the song. Afterward teach the tune and try to sing it together.
On the first day of Christmas my Tutu (grandmother) gave to me… A Myna bird and one papaya tree. Two coconuts Three dried squids Four flower leis Five big fat pigs Six hula lessons Seven shrimps a’ swimmin’ Eight ukuleles Nine pounds of poi Ten cans of beer Eleven missionaries Twelve televisions
2) Main activity: For the main activity, they will write their own version of the song. On the worksheet, there are twelve boxes where they can write in the items. Younger students can draw in their presents if they want. The students can write who the giver is in the blanks (change “Tutu” to “Obachan” or “My Darling”, whatever!) (30 min)
This can be done individually or in groups. I did this in groups of three to four. Since this song has items with cultural significances, they can think of items that are also culturally significant in Japanese culture (cats and mikans were common…) Ask students to really think out of the box. The weirder the items, the better!
3) Singing When the students finish they can present their items to the class, or for the braver students they can sing their version. I had each group sing their version... (15 min ~ till end of class)
Feedback and Notes:
Depending on the class, it might take a while to practice getting the tune right. Only a few of my students heard of the song before, so it took a lot of time to teach the tune. But it is worth the practice because when they finally “perform” their song, it is priceless!