In this lesson, students do a warm-up activity, watch an ad and do a multiple choice task. They also write social media posts and have a discussion.
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WARM-UP ACTIVITY & VIDEO
The ESL lesson about humblebragging starts with an engaging warm-up activity. Students look at the term ‘humblebragging’ and decide what it might refer to. The teacher can give students a hint by providing them with definitions of ‘humble’ and ‘brag’. To check their answers, students watch the video of a person humblebragging. After that, students have a discussion and talk about their experiences with such behaviour. The teacher can also encourage students to get creative and think of ways to humblebrag about different achievements (e.g. about meeting someone famous, their child’s accomplishments, their number of followers on social media, etc.).
VOCABULARY & DISCUSSION
In this part of the lesson students work with vocabulary, do a multiple choice task, and talk more about humblebragging. First, students look at the pairs of words (brag and boast, praise and flatter, own and acknowledge) and discuss if there is a difference in meaning. Then, students move on to the multiple choice questions. They read a text and decide which answer best fits each gap. Students also discuss the text they completed. They talk about aspects of humblebragging other than mentioned in the warm-up activity and the video. After that, students also discuss different achievements and say how the people around them react to these achievements. In the final activity, students look at some humblebrags on social media and rewrite them more sincerely.
This lesson about humblebragging includes an additional task in which students get creative and write some social media posts for different people and situations. You can use it as homework or revision. It’s available in the teacher’s version of the worksheet. You can print it, cut it up and hand it out to your students. It’s also included in the e-lesson plan.
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