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Unit D
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8 • The Past in the present

All Hallows' Eve
All Hallows Eve

➜ To what extent is Halloween influenced by Celtic traditions?

Retrouvez une banque d'audios et de vidéos authentiques en lien avec cette thématique.

Glastonbury Samhain Festival, 2017.
Glastonbury Samhain Festival, 2017.

Get ready!

Voir les réponses
Look at the vocabulary boxes below.

a. Find a title for each box.

b. Find a few more words for each category.

a. Look at the picture. What strikes you?

b. Where does the scene take place? What are the people doing?

c. Find as many adjectives as you can to describe the atmosphere of the image.
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Pair work
Discuss the brainstorming questions.
Read the idiom of the week below. With the photo and the note, guess its meaning and rephrase it in your own words.


  • atmosphere (n.)
  • gathering / meeting (n.)
  • rite /ˈraɪt/ / ceremony (n.)
  • witch / wizard (n.)
  • enigmatic / mysterious (adj.)
  • dramatic (adj.)
  • pagan /ˈpεɪgən/ ≠ religious (adj.)
  • thrilling / exciting (adj.)

Let's learn!

The longest list

Memorize as many words from the vocabulary list below as possible. Close your book and write down all the words you remember. The pair with the longest list wins.

Ghost - graves

IDIOM of the week!

Turn white as a ghost

Turn white as a ghost
Halloween was originally called Samhain (pronounced “sow-in” or “sow-een” with “ow” as in “cow”). It was the biggest and most important holiday of the Celtic year. People usually dressed up in white in order to be mistaken for ghosts.

Brainstorming question

What do you know about Samhain?

Brainstorming question

What country does it come from?



  • banshee (n.) (female spirit announcing bad things)
  • bogeyman /ˈbəʊgɪˌmæn/ (n.) (monster used to scare children)
  • druid (n.) / druidess (n.)
  • ghost /ˈgəʊst/ (n.)
  • skeleton (n.)

  • bonfire (n.)
  • cemetery / graveyard (n.)
  • forest / woods (n.)
  • hills / valleys (n.)
  • nature /ˈnɛɪʧə/ (n.)
  • standing stones (n.)

  • creepy / scary (adj.) / frightening /ˈfraɪtənɪŋ/ (adj.)
  • dead /ˈdɛd/ (adj.)
  • evil /ˈiːvəl/ (adj.)
  • ghostly (adj.)
  • gory / bloody /ˈblʌdi/ (adj.)
  • gruesome / horrid (adj.)
  • haunted /ˈhɔːntɪd/ (adj.)
  • spooky / weird (adj.)

  • cast a spell (v.)
  • broom (n.)
  • caldron (n.)
  • cape / cloak /ˈkləʊk/ (n.)
  • lantern / candle (n.)
  • wand (n.)
  • wicca /ˈwɪkə/ (n.) → the practice of witchcraft

  • costume /disguise (n.)
  • feast /ˈfiːst/ (n. ou v.)
  • frighten /ˈfraɪtən/ (v.)
  • prank = joke (n.)
  • pumpkin (n.)
  • sweets / candy (n.)
  • trick or treat (exp.)

  • fall / autumn /ˈɔ:təm/ (n.)
  • dusk / sunset (n.) ≠ sunrise / dawn /ˈdɔːn/ (n.)
  • winter / summer / spring (n.)

On your way to the task - Step 1

Decide of the programme of the Cineclub night for Halloween

Step 2

React to a Samhain festival invitation.

Your final project

You decided to participate in a Samhain festival. Share your experience with your friends.
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