B1 Level Learner, Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing

Halloween


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TRUE OR FALSE:

Halloween started in the US.

The pumpkin is only a decorative item on Halloween.

Halloween costumes are worn to scare people.

WATCH THE VIDEO AND FIND OUT!

VOCABULARY

In this video, you’ve heard the words:

Stingy-

Carved-

Nasty-

Refused-

Bother-

Tricked-

Pass away-

Unsavory-

Pity-

Tossed-

Coal-

Doomed-

Hollowed-out

Turnip-

Suited-

Blurred-

Vocabulary is really important. Don’t forget you can check pronunciation and intonation on youglish.com

Ancient Origins of Halloween

Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1.

This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth.

ASSIGNMENT

Prepare a short presentation giving details about Halloween. Remember to use the vocabulary from this lesson as well as the information in the video and excerpt above.

Homework

Brazil has its own dark tales too. Write about a folklore character of your choice, but make sure you do some research on Wikipedia first. Don’t copy and paste from websites!

Good luck and don´t worry about the beast under your bed on Halloween night MMMWWWAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAA…

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