Facial Expressions: An Introductory ESL Lesson Plan Make a Copy

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vocabulary ESL lesson speaking students non-verbal 10 grade 11 grade 12 grade English English


When to teach this lesson on facial expressions

This is a speaking lesson plan that is great to use to introduce facial expressions. Facial expressions are important to study as they provide non-verbal cues and information. They can provide nearly as much information as spoken words do. They can be difficult to understand but when understood students can remain confident when interacting with others in English. This is a great lesson to introduce to upper-intermediate students that have been looking to develop a deeper understanding of English vocabulary in conversational contexts.

What will students learn in this lesson? 

This is a speaking lesson though it contains new vocabulary words. There is no reading activity in this lesson but there are several questions prompts that introduce a variety of facial expressions. Students will learn about them and discuss why they are important as well as different ones people use. They will also learn about different facial expressions that are associated with different emotions and feelings. For example, when a person is happy, they smile. 

Throughout the lesson, students can reference images and words to help them retain information. In addition to this, they have the opportunity to learn to imitate facial expressions as they see fit. As a result, they will learn who we use facial expressions, what they mean as well as what involuntary actions are.

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