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Idioms: self-confidence

Worksheet overview

This ESL worksheet is dedicated to idioms related to self-confidence. Students will learn and practise 12 idioms. It can be used both with Business English and general English students.
The first group of idioms (e.g. stand tall, be in your element, full of yourself, blow your own trumpet) are introduced through a short dialogue. Students match the idioms to their definitions. To practise, they paraphrase 5 sentences, using one of the idioms from the previous activity. After that, they discuss 4 conversation questions.
Next, students learn 6 short dialogues, each containing an idiom (e.g. keep your chin up, hold your head high, have a thick skin, have a chip on your shoulder). After that students complete 7 questions with 1 word, and ask and answer the questions in pairs or small groups. Then, they complete a gap-fill activity. Finally, they discuss 4 questions about self-confidence, using the idioms from this lesson.
To review these idioms and for some more speaking practice, you can check out the conversation cards.


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This worksheet works well in combination with the following lesson plans

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