Can mindfulness help you navigate emotions?

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Vocabulary - emotions

ESL lesson about emotions


In this ESL lesson about emotions and meditation, students learn advanced adjectives, watch a video, and discuss different ways how to calm down. 

C1 / Advanced60 minStandard LessonPremium Plan


The lesson starts with a warm-up that makes students think about the situations that stir different emotions: rage, agitation, stress. Then, students read sentences related to the situations and see some vocabulary that they will work with later in the lesson (e.g. overwhelmed, incensed, unruffled, etc.). In the next activity of this ESL lesson about emotions, students look at the states and the adjectives to describe feelings and continue each line with more words. To activate the vocabulary, students create five sentences with the words that they learnt. Then, they ask and answer these questions.


In the second part of this lesson plan on emotions, students talk about meditation and how it helps to deal with emotions. They start with trying out a relaxation technique by following a few steps (e.g. ‘Sit up straight.’ and ‘Focus on your breathing.’). After they’ve done it for a minute, students share their feelings. Then, they move on to a discussion about meditation. 

First, students look at the topics related to meditation and share what they know about them. Then, they watch the first part of the video about mindfulness meditation and check their answers. They also watch the second part of the video and answer some questions about how mindfulness meditation works. After the video, students have an in-depth discussion about their experiences with meditation, its benefits and many other things. As a final activity of this ESL lesson about emotions, students look at the list of common situations (e.g. sitting in traffic, not saving the results of your work, missing a bus by a split second, etc.) and discuss how it makes them feel and what they can do to calm down. The students are encouraged to use the vocabulary they learnt in the lesson


The ESL lesson about emotions includes a supplementary vocabulary task to practise the vocabulary from the lesson. The task is available in the teacher’s version of the worksheet and can be printed for students or accessed in the e-lesson plan for online teaching.




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  1. Rachel Goldstein

    Excellent- perfect lesson for my students!! high level, positive, appropriate, non-explicit material, interesting, and relatable– thank you!!

    1. Olia

      Thanks for your feedback 🙂


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