Today I am sharing with you a lesson I did with my EAP students. This lesson is appropriate for adults and mature students. The language level is better for students who are B2 (upper-intermediate) and above. The pace of the talk is quite fast but because Cuddy gives lots of examples and the topic is interesting, students did not really mind. There are subtitles you can add if you think this is necessary (YouTube).
Listening and note taking
Speaking (expressing opinion)
Amy Cuddy TED talk
Your body language shapes who you are
- You are going to watch a TED talk about body language (nonverbal communication). Why is body language important? Discuss in groups.(6-8 mins)
- Can you think of common gestures and types of nonverbal communication that are common all around the world? What do they mean? The V symbol we do with our hand, for example, means victory. Discuss in your groups (5 mins)
- What’s an Alpha type personality? Write down the characteristics of an Alpha type personality(5 mins)
- Look up the terms testosterone and cortisol. They are hormones. What do they affect? (6 mins)
You are now going to watch Amy Cuddy’s TED talk. Take linear notes because you will need them later on (22 mins).
5. Fill in the gaps based on your notes (3 mins)
Fake it ………………………….
What do these phrases mean. Discuss in pairs (4 mins)?
6. What do we learn about Amy Cuddy’s life? Talk about this with the person next to you (5 mins)
Now, summarise the talk in pairs (150 words).
You can find the task sheet with the exercises for the Amy Cuddy TED talk here
My learners really enjoyed this session. They found it very interesting. My lesson lasted for 90 minutes. They spent a lot of time summarising. If your classes are sixty minutes long, you can set the summary as a task for homework. I have not included minutes on the task sheet. Also, if you have extra time, you can talk about the different types of body language shown in class, what Amy Cuddy said regarding gambling and hormones and so on.
I hope you liked this lesson plan. Feel free to share and let me know how it went if you use it.