Are you superstitious? It is interesting to discuss the superstitions of different countries because there are often some similarities as well as many differences. Lets take a look at a couple of available worksheets that address this topic. The first one is for pre-intermediate learners but will most likely be either a guessing game or a review; luckily the answer key is included. This is perfect for talking about some superstitions; if you want to talk about others, simply use this as a guide for creating your own worksheet. The second superstitions worksheet targets upper-intermediate learners and has a number of useful activities as well as a complete lesson plan. It could not be easier to introduce superstitions to your students. These are just two of the 33 free superstitions worksheets in the section that you can use to introduce or practice talking about superstitions.
This topic is perfect right around Halloween but you can choose to incorporate it into your lesson plans whenever it is most convenient and appropriate for you. Make sure that you have created a constructive learning environment in which to discuss this and similar topics because you want to avoid having students share their thoughts and opinions only to be ridiculed by their peers. This will make students hesitant to volunteer personal information in the future.
Superstition is a credulous belief or notion, not based on reason or knowledge. The word is often used pejoratively to refer to folk beliefs deemed irrational. This leads to some superstitions being called "old wives' tales". It is also commonly applied to beliefs and practices surrounding luck, prophecy and spiritual beings, particularly the belief that future events can be foretold by specific unrelated prior events. The etymology is from the classical Latin superstitio, literally "a standing over [in amazement]", but other interpretations include an over-scrupulousness in religion or a "hold-over" from older beliefs. The word is attested in the 1st century BC, notably in Livy and Ovid, in the meaning of an unreasonable or excessive belief in fear or magic, especially foreign or fantastical ideas.