Theresa Dash - author of the lesson   Theresa I November 08, 2021
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 Overview

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

  • Grammar: Students will explore the use of discourse markers to enhance their sentence structure, helping them understand how these markers can clarify or change the meaning in communication. They will practice incorporating markers like "moreover," "similarly," and "subsequently" into their spoken and written English.

  • Listening: Students will enhance their listening skills by engaging with a video about decorating for Halloween. They will focus on understanding the descriptions and instructions given, noting key vocabulary and concepts related to Halloween traditions.

  • Speaking: Through role-play activities, students will simulate discussing and planning Halloween celebrations. They will use the vocabulary and discourse markers studied to make their conversations more natural and coherent.

  • Vocabulary: The lesson will introduce vocabulary associated with Halloween, such as "skeleton," "jack-o'-lantern," and "haunted house," alongside phrases used for describing holiday decorations and customs. Students will practice these terms in various communicative exercises.

  • Cultural Awareness: Students will explore the cultural significance of Halloween in American culture, discussing how it compares to similar holidays around the world. They will examine how traditions such as trick-or-treating and costume-wearing are viewed and practiced in different cultures.

  • Homework: Students will engage in activities that reinforce the vocabulary and concepts discussed during the lesson. This includes completing sentences with missing Halloween-related words, matching discourse markers to their functions, and creating sentences using given prompts and discourse markers. These activities aim to deepen students' understanding of Halloween and improve their ability to use English in a cultural context.


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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