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Live from London: Halloween

Level: Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: General lesson plan, Video Video material

Set in Kings Cross, London, this video includes interviews with Londoners talking about Halloween and things they find scary.

Note: If your device isn’t Flash compatible, then click on the link under ‘Related files’ at the bottom of the page to download the video. You can then play it through the media player on your device (e.g. iTunes).

We’ve put together a video for you to use as part of a Halloween-themed lesson. Get your students’ attention by playing the video as a warmer, and then after a few comprehension questions, ask your students to discuss the same questions in pairs or small groups.

Below, you can find an editable transcript and worksheet with exercises to use with your class along with the video to download and use offline.

For further ideas for how you can use these videos, have a look at the Live from London lesson ideas page.

Or if you’d like more Halloween resources, go to our special Halloween collection where you’ll find downloadable lesson plans, worksheets, audio and video. 

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Readers' comments (11)

  • I love the Live from London series.... it gives my students huge confidence to be able to understand " a real native speakers conversation" we also have lots of fun with the different accents, phrases and sometimes unusal grammar constructions. Another brillant resource from the one stop team.

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  • Hello Lizzie,

    Thank you so much for your comment. We are really pleased this resource helps improve the confidence of your students. We look forward to bringing you many more brilliant resources very soon!

    Best wishes and happy teaching,

    The onestopenglish team

  • Hi! Thanks for the activity, but the video is not complete. I'd like to play it in class, but The last part is missing. Can you help me?

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  • Hello,

    Thank you for your comment. We have checked this video and it appears to be working fully at our end. Are you trying to play this video on a mac or an iPad? If so, the following should help:

    To play it on an iPad, we suggest downloading it to iTunes on your computer and then playing it through that on your iPad.

    To download it on your computer, right click on the video link at the bottom of the page, select 'Save with...', and save the file to your iTunes. Then when you open it on your iPad you should be able to play the video.

    If you are still experiencing difficulties, please contact our customer services team at help@macmillaneducation.com who will be happy to assist you further.

    Best wishes,

    The onestopenglish team

  • fantastic lesson,thanks.

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  • Hello,

    Thank you very much for your comment, we are really pleased you like this lesson.

    Best wishes and happy teaching!

    The onestopenglish team

  • Hi Ruth,

    Many thanks for the feedback. We did toy with the idea of including an exercise on the use of 'like' as it is so prevalent in this video but as a discourse marker it can be used in so many different ways that we felt it was better to leave it to the discretion of the teacher.

    Best wishes,
    The onestopenglish team

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  • My students loved this and also the new location. Just a comment on the worksheet. I liked it but I added use of the word 'like' to part a. which Amelia, Hannah and Shazra say a lot as I knew this would create some questions from my students. The other thing is the everyday expressions which is a little bit confusing. A big deal clearly means something very important, but by including the words in brackets I had to then explain that in the context of the video it meant the opposite! You might want to clarify this a bit. Thank you so much for the video!

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  • Hi there,

    Thanks for the nice feedback. It's lovely to hear that you find these materials useful. It is great to give students the transcript as they can see the small pauses and hesitation devices that people use which are as much as part of the language as the traditional grammar and vocabulary that they might find in course book.

    Best wishes,
    The onestopenglish team

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  • Thanks for providing us with the transcript and the worksheet. As suggested by you, I usually play the video as a warmer and give out the worksheet with the second listening. Students also appreciate getting the transcript because they want to be able to understand "every word". I always look forward to getting your interesting teaching material.

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  • Hi all,

    Thanks for your feedback and apologies for the wait. The worksheet has now been uploaded and can be found alongside the transcript under Related files. Enjoy and happy Halloween!

    Best wishes,
    The onestopenglish team

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  • Is there a worksheet to go with the video?

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  • Interesting material but I miss the worksheet with the transcript. Where is it?

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