How to read body language

Title separator
  • General

Vocabulary - body gestures

body language lesson plan


This flipped lesson plan gives you a great opportunity to talk with your C1+ students about body language, discuss some misconceptions about it and analyse different gestures. The worksheet is based on a very interesting interview with a former FBI agent and body language expert Joe Navarro. And it also includes a CAE-like Use of English activity and wide range of vocabulary to describe gestures.

C1 / Advanced
C2 / Proficiency
75 minFlipped LessonPrintable & Digital$12 Plan

This is a Flipped Classroom lesson plan. In a nutshell, it means that first part of the lesson needs to be done by students at home. Learn more about flipped classroom and how we implement it in those lesson plans in our post.


This body language lesson plan start with some pre‐class activities, i.e. activities students should do at home. The first task includes some vocabulary from the video. Students have to match words in bold from sentences with their meanings. Thanks to this activity, it will be easier for them to understand the speaker in the video. Then, they watch the video and need to answer some comprehension questions. Some questions also include words from the previous exercise which means that students have to study the vocab very well to be able to answer questions. Of course, the idea is that they should always look up some words which they don’t understand in a dictionary. Moreover, there are many words and phrases for describing various gestures used in the video. Basically, your students will learn a few ways of describing body language before coming to the classroom.


The in‐class worksheet of this body language lesson plan starts with a task on gestures and facial expressions. Students have to add verbs to correct photos, write a short description of each photo and analyse what these examples of body language mean in their opinion. Next, student move to reading a text about body language in the professional world. First, they read the text once and they need to match words in highlighted in green with their synonyms. You can ask your students check answers in pairs. Then, they read the text one more time and complete gaps choosing one of the four options given. This is an activity that resembles the CAE Use of English Part 1 task (multiple choice cloze).

Finally, students move to a discussion task which includes questions about the ideas from the video and the text as well as general questions about students’ own views on body language, its importance and use.



Title separator

Leave a Reply

  1. I have a student who I teach every day. He’s happy to do work in the class but doesn’t want homework. Is it possible to do all of this together during the class?


    1. Yeah, you could. The video to watch is about 8:30, so not the longest out there. Probably, the whole lesson will take you closer to 90 mins.


Browse other materials recommended for you

Title separator
business case study worksheet
B2 / Upper Intermediate/ C1 / Advanced Flipped Lesson 60 min

Decision time (business case study)


Thanks to this business case study worksheet, students learn phrasal verbs to talk about companies, watch a video presenting a case study and discuss situations when companies face different problems.

lesson plan on the placebo effect
C1 / Advanced Standard Lesson 75 min

Should we be faking it?
The placebo effect


This lesson plan on the placebo effect is packed with vocabulary (verb + noun collocations) and speaking activities. Students will also watch a video about placebos and their pros and cons.

C1 / Advanced Flipped Lesson 60 min

A house to feel at home in (describing houses)

Design & Art General

With this lesson plan, you’ll teach students some useful vocabulary for describing houses. They will also watch two videos and speak about their dream houses.

Show more lessons


Title separator

I was your Patron, how can I get access to ESL Brains lessons now?

You have to subscribe again to ESL Brains, but this time using our integrated payment system. Click the Pricing tab in the top menu. You’ll land on the page with our subscription plans. Select the subscription plan you’re interested in, register a new account and pay for your subscription.

What currencies can I pay in for my subscription?

Our default currency is USD (American dollar), but you can also pay in EUR (euro) or GBP (British pound sterling). You can change the currency you want to pay in at the Pricing page before selecting a subscription plan.

How can I edit an e-lesson plan?

You can get your own editable copy of an e-lesson plan and make changes to it. To do so, either (1) make a copy of it on your Google Drive (preferable method) or (2) download it in a Powerpoint format (but formatting might be a bit off so we can’t guarantee that it will work well).

Read more FAQ
Title separator

ESL Brains

Forgot password?
or continue with