Get some festive snacks, a warm beverage and get cosy with a notebook at hand! There’s no better way to learn English from home during this time of the year.
When December rolls around and Christmas lights are twinkling at every corner, one of my absolute favourite things is to prepare a hot beverage, get cosy and binge-watch Christmas movies (Christmas sweater optional, but highly recommended). For anyone looking to learn English online, there’s the extra bonus of spoken English and holiday culture to gain. So sit back, and read our pick of festive movies to learn English.
1. The Santa Clause (1994)
An American classic that will make your eyes twinkle. It’s got a delightful plot-line and an artistic depiction of the North Pole and being in the life of Santa. After watching this movie, you’ll start believing again. It’s a great to learn festive vocabulary, everyday spoken English and provides an outlook of American lifestyle.
2. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
The classic tale that we all know, well scripted by the famous Dr. Seuss. The characters in this magical and peculiar children’s film speak in rhyme. That’s why this movie is ideal to learn English online with a focus on pronunciation and listening skills.
3. A Christmas Carol (2009)
Charles Dickens’s 1838 timeless classic with a modern take. This entertaining tale of the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future is good exposure to eloquent British English.
4. The man who Invented Christmas (2017)
Another literary festive film. The movie looks at the period in which Charles Dickens was living in England and how he invented Chistmas as we know it today. So you get a peak into the writing process of a classical tale of the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. Because of the time period in which it’s set, it also provides good exposure to eloquent British English.
It’s a glance into the brilliant mind of Dickens and the story behind his classic. You can see his story and characters come to life in Victorian England. Once again, this movie is full of poetic language, a great way to learn English online within a natural context.
5. Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
A heart-warming story as NYC comes together to find something to believe in. An all American movie about community, love and uniting together in the festive season. It’s a particular favourite for the way it portrays the magic of Christmas and the magic of the NYC lifestyle.