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Academic English

“The Christmas Gift”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
difficult Christmas story man 03:07

Pre-Listening Exercise

What is the meaning of Christmas to those that celebrate this day? Use the Internet to answer these questions, or discuss them with other students. What do you think is the meaning of the title, “The Christmas Gift,” in this story? What ideas come to your mind when you think of Christmas gifts?

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

Post-Listening Exercise

  1. What was the Christmas “gift” Ray gave to others?
  2. What did the narrator mean when he said that Ray believed that “the best Christmas gifts came not from the gift received, but from those given, and that those acts of charity should remain anonymous”?
  3. Discuss the teachings of other religions or moral lessons when it comes to charity and kindness towards others.
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