Explore St. Andrew's Day with your ESL Learners!





Teaching about St. Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland, in the ESL classroom is a great way to introduce students to the culture and history of Scotland. It is celebrated each year on November 30th, and is an excellent opportunity to bring the topic of Scottish culture into the classroom.

Here are some ideas for teaching about St. Andrew in the ESL classroom: 

  • Have students research the life of St. Andrew and create a short presentation
  • Discuss Scottish culture in class, such as traditional foods and music
  • Watch a video about St. Andrew and discuss key themes and ideas
  • Have students create a project or skit about the life of St. Andrew
  • Explore the geography of Scotland with the class and discuss how St. Andrew may have traveled
  • Incorporate Scottish language in the classroom by introducing some key say
  • Narrate a story about St. Andrew
  • Share pictures and videos about Scotland
  • Sing traditional Scottish folk songs
  • Cook and taste typical Scottish recipes
  • Plan a virtual field trip to historic sites in Scotland related to St. Andrew
  • Foster a discussion about the importance of St. Andrew in Scottish culture
  • Research the contributions St. Andrew made to Scotland
  • Identify symbols associated with St. Andrew
  • Play a game of "guess the Scottish symbol"
  • Have a Scottish-themed party


In conclusion, St. Andrew is an important figure in Scotland and teaching about him in the ESL classroom can provide an enjoyable and educational experience. By using activities that focus on the history, culture, and religious aspects of his life, ESL students will gain a valuable insight into Scotland's unique history and culture. Additionally, these activities can help students explore how traditional values are still observed in modern Scottish society.

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