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Autumn (just like spring) is definitely my favourite season. No wonder I decided to prepare a lesson entirely devoted to this topic. You will find some useful fall vocabulary here, a really fascinating listening on sometimes surprising facts connected with this time of the year, and if you are not this particular season lover, you’ll get to know 20 different ways to beat the autumn blues. And your students will have a lot of possibilities to express their opinions and enrich their vocabulary dealing with authentic language. I hope the lesson will let you look at autumn in a slightly more optimistic and favourable way. Especially during the sad pandemic period.

16 replies on “NUTS ABOUT AUTUMN”

Thank you for sharing these presentations. They are so good and very inspiring. You’ve given me some great ideas for online classes with adults and teenagers.

I do have a few comments. I’m from the UK so these comments are purely from a UK point of view. Americans and other English speakers may think differently.

I afraid I don’t know what “the autumn spleen” is – “autumn blues” perhaps.

For me “mushrooming” is what happens when things grow very rapidly – Covid cases are mushrooming. I’d say “mushroom collecting”. But the on-line dictionary agrees it can be used for the activity.

Gossamer sounds very poetic and Shakespearean. I’d say spiders’ webs and spiders’ threads.

I’d say either “what ARE conkers?” or “what is the game of conkers?”. Do you want to play conkers? Do you want a game of conkers? I’m not sure of the grammar here but it is the same for “playing cards”. Do you want a game of cards? Do you want to play cards? What ARE playing cards? What is a good game of cards?

I still pick up conkers even though I’m over 50 and have no one to play against.

Autumn is “the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness” (John Keats). Fog is thicker and more a winter thing. Smog is a mixture of smoke and fog and is used for fog caused by pollution. I have to keep telling my French students that fog/smog doesn’t happen very often in London because of the Clean Air laws of the 1950s and 60s. They all seem to think Londoners live inside a thick cloud all winter. I blame Sherlock Holmes films.

Thanks again for sharing.

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