General English, Speaking Lessons
American Culture
C1 Advanced
Discourse Markers
Grammar, Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
45 minutes
Lesson plan for American English on the topic of Halloween.

Lesson Description

Trick or treat? In this lesson, students will learn about Halloween, an American holiday. This lesson features a video that discusses the variety of things associated with Halloween, such as skeletons, spider webs, and scary ways to decorate your house for the holiday. Students will learn and practice discourse markers and vocabulary relating to this topic. The lesson includes plenty of engaging discussion activities and worksheets that have been developed for adult and teenage learners.

Lesson Objectives

  • To learn about Halloween, an American holiday

  • To learn and review discourse markers

  • To develop speaking and listening skills

  • To learn and use new vocabulary relating to the topic


Watch this video to learn more about the Halloween holiday: skeletons, pumpkins, vampires, and haunted houses. How do you haunt your house? Happy Halloween!

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

jack-o’-lantern [noun]: a portable protective case for a light made of a pumpkin usually cut to resemble a human face
trick or treat [noun]: a Halloween practice in which children wearing costumes go from door to door in a neighborhood saying "trick or treat" when a door is opened to ask for treats with the implied threat of playing tricks on those who refuse
cobweb [noun]: a spider's web, especially when old and covered with dust
spooky [adjective]: sinister or ghostly in a way that causes fear and unease
haunt [verb]: (of a ghost) manifest itself at (a place) regularly
front porch [noun]: a structure attached to the exterior of a building often forming a covered entrance
stencil [noun]: a thin sheet of cardboard, plastic, or metal with a pattern or letters cut out of it, used to produce the cut design on the surface below by the application of ink or paint through the holes
go all out [idiom]: to put all your energy or enthusiasm into what you are doing
decrepit [adjective]: (of a person) elderly and weak
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