The Reading / Listening - Santa Claus - Level 2

Oxford University scientists say they have a bone that belonged to Santa Claus. The real name of Santa Claus is St Nicholas. He was a holy man who lived in the 4th century in what is now Turkey. Many stories say he did many miracles. This is why the Christian church made him a saint. A scientist said: "This bone…suggests that we could possibly be looking at remains from St Nicholas himself." St Nicholas is the saint of children. There are stories that he secretly gave presents to poor people. This is the story behind today's Santa Claus.



Santa Claus is also called Father Christmas in many countries. He brings presents to the homes of well-behaved children on the evening of the 24th of December. Badly-behaved children get a piece of coal. He uses a sleigh to deliver his presents. The sleigh is pulled through the air by flying reindeer. Santa Claus is usually seen as a fat, happy man with a white beard. He wears a red coat with a white fur collar, red trousers, a black belt and black boots. He lives in the North Pole, where he has a toy-making workshop. Today's children track his Christmas Eve journey online.

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Sources
    http://www.
  • bbc.com
  • /news/education-42239197 https://www.
  • christiantoday.com
  • /article/is-this-father-christmass-pelvic-bone-quite-possibly/120672.htm https://en.
  • wikipedia.org
  • /wiki/Santa_Claus


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. a bone that belonged
  2. The real name of Santa Claus
  3. a holy man who lived
  4. Many stories say he did many
  5. the Christian church made
  6. St Nicholas is the
  7. he secretly gave presents
  8. the story behind today's
  1. saint of children
  2. him a saint
  3. Santa Claus
  4. is St Nicholas
  5. in the 4th century
  6. to poor people
  7. to Santa Claus
  8. miracles

Paragraph 2

  1. Santa Claus is also
  2. Badly-behaved children
  3. He uses a sleigh to
  4. pulled through the air by
  5. a fat, happy man with
  6. a red coat with a white
  7. he has a toy-
  8. track his Christmas Eve journey
  1. fur collar
  2. a white beard
  3. online
  4. deliver his presents
  5. making workshop
  6. called Father Christmas
  7. get a piece of coal
  8. flying reindeer

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Oxford University scientists say they (1) ___________________ that belonged to Santa Claus. The real name of Santa Claus is St Nicholas. He was (2) ___________________ who lived in the 4th century in what is now Turkey. Many (3) ___________________ did many miracles. This is why the Christian church made him a saint. A scientist said: "This bone…(4) ___________________ could possibly be looking at remains from St Nicholas himself." St Nicholas is the saint of children. There are stories that (5) ___________________ presents to poor people. This is (6) ___________________ today's Santa Claus.

Santa Claus is also called Father Christmas (7) ___________________. He brings presents to the homes of well-behaved children on (8) ___________________ the 24th of December. Badly-behaved children (9) ___________________ of coal. He uses a sleigh to deliver his presents. The sleigh is pulled through the (10) ___________________ reindeer. Santa Claus is usually seen as a fat, happy man with a white beard. He wears a red coat with a white (11) ___________________ trousers, a black belt and black boots. He lives in the North Pole, where he has a toy-making workshop. Today's (12) ___________________ Christmas Eve journey online.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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Claus.TherealnameofSantaClausisStNicholas.Hewasaholymanwhol
ivedinthe4thcenturyinwhatisnowTurkey.Manystoriessayhedidmany
miracles.ThisiswhytheChristianchurchmadehimasaint.Ascientistsai
d:"Thisbone…suggeststhatwecouldpossiblybelookingatremainsfro
mStNicholashimself."StNicholasisthesaintofchildren.Therearestorie
sthathesecretlygavepresentstopoorpeople.Thisisthestorybehindtod
ay'sSantaClaus.SantaClausisalsocalledFatherChristmasinmanycou
ntries.Hebringspresentstothehomesofwell-behavedchildrenonthe
eveningofthe24thofDecember.Badlybehavedchildrengetapieceofco
al.Heusesasleightodeliverhispresents.Thesleighispulledthroughthe
airbyflyingreindeer.SantaClausisusuallyseenasafat,happymanwith
awhitebeard.Hewearsaredcoatwithawhitefurcollar,redtrousers,abla
ckbeltandblackboots.HelivesintheNorthPole,wherehehasatoy-maki
ngworkshop.Today'schildrentrackhisChristmasEvejourneyonline.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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