Cold exposure and resilience: The Wim Hof method
Lesson plan overview
This ESL lesson is focused on the Wim Hof method, and the connection between cold exposure and resilience. Students learn vocabulary to talk about cold and winter, a few idioms and phrasal verbs to talk about resilience, and watch a short video about the Wim Hof method. It can be combined with the lessons “Meditation and the brain“, “Beyond the senses: exploring floatation tanks“, “Health myths“, “Winter sports“, “Idioms: winter and winter-inspired” and “Phrasal verbs: health”.
Speaking and vocabulary: After an initial discussion about winter and cold weather, students learn a few verbs (wrap up, be snowed in, snuggle, warm up) by looking at 5 sentences and matching the words to their definitions. To practise, they complete 4 questions with the correct verb and discuss the questions in pairs or small groups.
Listening: Students have a short pre-listening discussion about Wim Hot and the Wim Hof method, after which they watch a video “Testing out the Wim Hof method” and answer 6 questions. After that they discuss the video and their attitude towards cold exposure as a way to build resilience.
Vocabulary: Next, students study a few sentences from the video and learn idioms and phrasal verbs (e.g. be at the top of your game, go through something, take something to the next level.) To practice these phrases, they complete 5 sentences with their own ideas and experiences.
Useful language: talking about things that have been proven or not. Students learn different phrases that are used to indicate that something is based on evidence or it is just an opinion (e.g. it is claimed that, it is said that, scientifically-backed, evidence-based, studies confirm). They put the phrases into the correct category and then answer a few questions given. Lastly, they are asked to write their own sentences.
Bonus: As a bonus activity, students learn phrases used to say “It’s cold” and practise talking about their experiences with cold weather.
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