Stepping out of your comfort zone

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talk about challenges

LESSON OVERVIEW

In this Speaking Class, students watch a video and talk about challenges, and how doing certain things makes them feel. There is also an optional vocabulary activity.

B1 / Intermediate
B2 / Upper Intermediate
45 min
60 min
Speaking ClassUnlimited Plan

This is a Speaking Class worksheet. It includes a variety of tasks that let your students practise their speaking skills. This lesson format does not focus on grammar or vocabulary. Learn more about it here.

WARM-UP & DISCUSSION

In the warm-up task, students look at some pictures and choose the best definition of the phrase stepping out of your comfort zone. There is an optional vocabulary activity which you might decide to do with students to revise adjectives. In the activity, students need to look at a word cloud and find adjectives that are generally positive and generally negative. They also say how they feel in certain situations using the adjectives from the word cloud. The adjectives include e.g.  foolish, fulfilled, peaceful, anxious, grateful. The adjectives are useful to talk about challenges.

After that, students look at some activities (go on holiday alone, do a digital detox, host a dinner party, etc.) and discuss some questions related to the comfort zone. They also talk about challenges in general. You can encourage students to use the adjectives from the word cloud while doing this task. 

VIDEO & SPEAKING

In this part of the lesson, students watch the first part of the video and say what they think the woman’s job is. Then, they watch the second part and check their answer. There are also some discussion questions they need to answer. For instance, they talk about the woman’s business idea, social expectations regarding fitness, and taking on fitness challenges like the ones from the video. After that, students read about four activities (e.g. improv classes and a silent retreat) and say what a person could learn by doing them. They also need to explain why they would or wouldn’t like to try them. This activity gives them the opportunity to talk about challenges a bit more.

Finally, students look at four quotes about the comfort zone and say whether they agree or disagree with them. There is also a link provided in the teacher’s version of the pdf and the e-lesson plan where you will find an infographic about stepping out of one’s comfort zone. Students can discuss the ideas presented there. 

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  1. comunidadeteachers

    Thank you!!!

    1. Ewa

      🙂

  2. Maria868

    Great!

    1. Ewa

      Thanks, happy to hear that 🙂

  3. schukova_marina

    thank u!!!

    1. Ewa

      I’m glad you like the lesson 🙂

  4. Інна Іщенко

    Your page is such a find !

    1. Ewa

      Awesome, thanks!

  5. Lignum Nyelviskola

    I loved this lesson! It inspired me to search some class games that connected to leaving their comfort zone. Here is a list:
    1. Movie Dubbing
    2. Emation Charades
    3. Role reversal
    4. Positive feedback circle
    5. Picture interpretation

    1. Ewa

      Using those as a follow-up to the lesson is a brilliant idea. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Leslie Corpuz

    This was a super lesson. My student learned a lot of new vocabulary and got inspired to step out of her comfort zone.

    1. Ewa

      Thanks for your comment, Leslie. I’m really happy your student found the lesson inspiring 🙂

  7. Sai Win Pyae Oo

    love it

    1. Ewa

      Great, thank you!

  8. Kirsty Suttle

    Which bit is the optional vocabulary part of the lesson, please?

    1. Ewa

      It’s in slide 5 (in the speaker notes) and in the note at the end of ex. 1 in the teacher’s pdf.

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