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Do You Believe in Ghosts?

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There have been ghost stories for thousands of years. For example, there are written ghost stories from the ancient Chinese and Greeks. But do modern, well-educated people still believe in ghosts?

In the United States, the answer seems to be "yes." According to a recent survey, more than half of the population considers ghosts are real. However, most people from the survey have never seen a ghost. They simply believe in the supernatural because of TV programs and movies.

There isn't any scientific evidence, though, and most people from the survey have never seen a ghost. In fact, these people believe in spirits because of TV programs and movies.

Although many popular programs and movies come from real-life ghost stories, these stories either aren't true or are greatly exaggerated. And when Hollywood rewrites the story, the finished result looks very different from the original. Real-life ghost stories are much less interesting. People describe a creepy feeling or see strange spots of light on film.

But TV and movies are everywhere in today's world, so they often subtly affect people. They affect society's beliefs, like ghost stories did a long time ago.

How about you? Do you believe in ghosts?


Preview some of the lesson material:

Warm Up: Do you agree or disagree? Why?

  1. Ghosts are real!
  2. Some people see and/or talk to ghosts.
  3. I would want to see a ghost someday.
  4. More than 50% of people around the world believe in ghosts.
  5. TV programs and movies about ghosts are fantastic!

Fragments: Remember how the fragments were used, and complete the sentence from today's article.

  1. But do modern...
  2. They simply believe in the supernatural because...
  3. And when Hollywood rewrites the story...
  4. They affect society's beliefs, like...

post-Comprehension: Talk about the following questions in pairs/groups. Remember to support your answers!

  1. Do you believe in ghosts? How about other monsters, like vampires or mummies?
  2. Do you know anyone who has seen, or think he/she has seen, a ghost?
  3. What would you do if you saw a ghost?
  4. Are there any good ghost stories from your country? If yes, please tell one.
  5. Do a lot of people from your country believe in ghosts? Please explain.

Google Search: Type "ghosts" into Google. Look at the websites, and/or read additional articles on this topic. Discuss or write an essay about your findings.


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