ESL Speaking Activity – Scary Stories

Scary Stories

This ESL conversation activity helps students learn English speaking skills by retelling a story. Memorization is a small part of this task, but more importantly, students need to be able to retell the key parts and fill in the details with their own words.

  • Focus: learn English by retelling stories
  • Time: 20 minutes
  • Level: intermediate and up


  1. It’s a pair work activity. Each student gets one copy of one story.
  2. Each student reads a scary story. That takes about 10 minutes.
  3. The student then retells his or her story, making sure to keep the scary parts. The purpose is not to memorize the story but instead to remember the key details – plot character, setting – and mix with his or her own words. And, scare the other person.

Story A: The Death Car

Story A: The White Dress



The image in this post comes from Courtney Rhodes and its use complies with the owner’s creative commons licensing terms.


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