B2Listening and collocations60


The lesson plan is based on the TED Talk by Meaghan Ramsey “Why thinking you’re ugly is bad for you” and concerns a very significant issue of self-esteem. In her speech, Meaghan Ramsey talks about a terrifying reality of teenagers struggling with accepting their body images and encourages people to take some action to solve this problem. This ESL conversation topic is great to discuss with younger students.


First of all, the worksheet starts with a short general discussion on self-esteem and students’ personal confidence. There are only four questions, so encourage your students to go into details. Then, it is followed by two tasks on vocabulary. The first one is a word-building exercise. Therefore, students have to fill in the gaps by transforming the words in the brackets. In the second one, students have to match words with their meanings. All the vocabulary has been taken from the video, so make sure your students understand all words and phrases.


Next, while watching the video students need to match phrases from the video with their endings. Finally, the last part of the worksheet is again discussion connected with some issues touched upon in the talk as well as with students’ own ideas. Tell your students to use phrases from the previous task when expressing their opinions.

Meaghan Ramsey speaks for 12 minutes so you can watch the video during the class. The whole lesson should take around 50-60 minutes depending on how much your students will be engaged in the discussion on this ESL conversation topic.



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  1. It was clever thought. We should all follow Meaghan’s advice. She defends her point of view in akdind passionate wasy and she is veryy convincing.


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