ESL Autumn Vocabulary: List & Activities

Instructor: Sarah Mills

Sarah is an educational freelance writer and has taught English and ESL in grades k-12 and college. She has a master's degree in both Literacy and TESOL.

This lesson for teachers of ESL students will provide a list of common vocabulary words related to autumn. We will also look at some activities to help teach students the new autumn vocabulary.

Autumn Vocabulary

Autumn is the season when everything in nature begins to change. Leaves change colors from green to red and gold, and the weather becomes cool and crisp. Autumn is also the time for many U.S. customs and traditions: picking apples, carving pumpkins, making s'mores, sitting around bonfires, and watching football.

To help your ESL students acclimate themselves to American culture, you can teach them vocabulary words and phrases related to autumn. Following are some sample word lists.

Food, Drink, and Harvest

  • Pumpkin
  • Corn
  • Squash
  • Apple cider
  • Pumpkin pie
  • S'mores
  • Scarecrow
  • Acorn
  • Crops
  • Turkey
  • Sweet potato
  • Cranberries

Activities and Events

  • Hay ride
  • Bonfire
  • Thanksgiving
  • Halloween
  • Picking (apples, pumpkins)
  • Carving (pumpkins)
  • Raking (leaves)
  • Pumpkin patch
  • Apple orchard
  • Football
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December
  • Back-to-school

Weather and Season Words

  • Cold
  • Windy
  • Leaves
  • Foliage
  • Crisp
  • Colorful

Related Activities

Simply distributing word lists to students is not an effective way to teach them new vocabulary. Following are some activities that you can use to help your ESL students acquire their new vocabulary and practice using it with their classmates.

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