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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on March 8, 2023 and last updated on May 14, 2023

Easter is a widely celebrated holiday in many English-speaking countries, making it an excellent topic for English learners with an intermediate or even advanced level to talk about. Discussing Easter-related topics can help learners improve their English in a number of ways.

Firstly, Easter-related vocabulary and customs can help learners expand their English vocabulary and cultural knowledge. This can include words and phrases related to Easter such as “Easter Bunny,” “Easter egg,” and “Easter basket,” as well as customs such as egg hunts and the meaning of Easter Sunday.

Discussing conversational questions around topics like Easter can also provide learners with an opportunity to learn more about the culture and traditions of English-speaking countries, which can be useful for those who plan to study or work in these countries.

What is Easter?

Easter is a Christian holiday that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ and is one of the most important events in the Christian calendar. The date of Easter varies from year to year and is determined by the first full moon after the spring equinox. It typically falls between late March and late April.

Easter is celebrated in a variety of ways depending on cultural and religious traditions. One of the most common Easter traditions is the Easter egg, which represents new life and rebirth. In many cultures, people decorate eggs with bright colours and designs, and children participate in Easter egg hunts to find hidden eggs.

Another common Easter tradition is the Easter bunny, which is a symbol of fertility and new life. In some cultures, the Easter bunny brings baskets filled with treats and toys to children on Easter morning.

In addition to these traditions, many Christians attend church services on Easter Sunday to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. These services often include special music, readings, and prayers.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

Easter-related Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • basket (noun)
  • celebrate (verb)
  • religious (adjective)
  • Easter egg hunt (phrase)
  • resurrection (adjective)
  • Easter Sunday (phrase)
  • traditional (adjective)
  • decorate (verb)
  • bunny (noun)

Conversation Question About Easter

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  • Do you celebrate Easter?
  • Do you know an Easter traditions? Which ones do you like?
  • Do you think Easter is more about religion or about commercialism and consumerism?
  • Why do you think chocolate eggs are so popular at Easter time
  • What does Easter represent to you personally?
  • Do you have any Easter memories from your childhood?
  • How do you think Easter is celebrated differently in different countries?
  • Have you ever participated in an Easter egg hunt? What was it like?
  • Should businesses be required to close on Easter Sunday, in respect of the holiday?
  • Is the Easter Bunny a harmless and fun tradition, or does it detract from the true meaning of Easter?
  • Should Easter decorations be allowed in public spaces, such as schools and government buildings?
  • How do you think businesses profit from Easter?
  • Do you think Easter is a holiday that should be celebrated by everyone, regardless of religion?
  • Is it appropriate for schools to teach about Easter in a multicultural society?
  • Do you think Easter is becoming more or less important as a holiday in today's society?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.