It’s Halloween (pre-intermediate level)

Topic of the lesson: It’s Halloween (lexical area: superstitions)

Lesson adapted from: Straightforward Intermediate + British Council website.

First of all, start the lesson asking students the question below. This will help them to enter the atmosphere of the lesson and also to lower their level of anxiety.

Interaction: S-S (pairs)

Timing: 10′

Feedback: on vocabulary and pronunciation

Suggestion: the first question can also be used like this: competition between pairs or trios, and the pair or trio who has more words is the winner. 

  • What are some Halloween related words you know?
  • When is Halloween celebrated?
  • Do you celebrate Halloween? What do you do on the day?

Then, we move on to the topic of the lesson per se:

Interaction: S-S (pairs)

Timing: 10′

Feedback: on vocabulary and pronunciation

Show the student the following pictures and ask students:

Here it’s important to board all of the students production since this vocabulary will be used throughout the lesson:

Expected production: BAD LUCK (Friday 13th, can’t walk under a ladder, black cats crossing your paths, breaking mirros – 7 years of bad luck, owls near your house – someone is going to die, upside down flip-flops – your mother will die, etc) GOOD LUCK (holding a clover, having a rabbit’s foot, crossing your fingers, knocking on wood 3 times, hanging a horse shoe like a “U” over your door way, etc)

There are some people who believe in superstitions. What about you do you have any? What superstitions do you know?

 

After this, still showing the pictures above, ask students:

Interaction: S-S (pairs) or with the whole group

Timing: 2′

Feedback: on vocabulary and pronunciation

  • Do you think all superstitions are the same all around the world?

Move on to this small text (from Straightforward Intermediate), ask students to read this text and confirm if their answers to the last question was correct.

Interaction: S (individually)

Timing: 5′

Feedback: on vocabulary and pronunciation

black-cat

surprised

Black cats are good luck animals in Britain? OH!

Follow up question:

Interaction: S-S (pairs)

Timing: 5′

Feedback: on vocabulary and pronunciation

  • Which other animals (e.g.: birds) that are considered to be lucky or unlucky?
  • How superstitious are you?

 

Then we move on to a Speaking task:

Interaction: S-S (pairs)

Timing: 5′

Feedback: on vocabulary and pronunciation

Show the students the following picture and ask students:

Interaction: S-S (pairs)

Timing: 10′

Feedback: on vocabulary and pronunciation

  • What do you think is happening in each picture? What happened in between them?
  • Was she lucky or unlucky?

Students are going to create a story in pairs and they have the following words to help:

(They can make bullet points in order not to get lost on the next step of the lesson)

broken glass       car         bus          mobile phone          rain         puddle         wrong address

Unfortunately          And         but         then           after that              suddenly

superstitions

 

 This step can be done like this:

Timing: 15′

Feedback: on vocabulary and pronunciation

  1. Students (individually) keep changing pairs and go about re-telling the story
  2. Train Station (with pairs)
  3. Mingling and telling the story

The important thing will be monitoring at this time, to gather information for the feedback slot.

They have these pompts in order to help them: Remember they are pre-intermediate students.

prompts

Follow-up of the Speaking task:

Interaction: S-S (pairs)

Timing: 3′

Feedback: on vocabulary and pronunciation

Are there any other bad luck stories you know? (from friends/family, etc?)

The last step of the lesson is revisiting the vocabulary they have seen so far:

  • Did you ever break any mirrors? Did you have bad luck after that?
  • Did you ever step in a puddle when you were late for work/school/university?
  • Have you  ever been suddenly scared by a sibling or a friend? (you may want to clarify the word sibling)
  • Did you ever scare someone? Do you get scared easily?

 

Revisit the topic of the lesson: It’s Halloween (lexical area: superstitions)

keep-calm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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