The importance of good posture

Lesson plan overview

In this intermediate and upper-intermediate ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students will learn less common parts of the body, poor and proper body posture, practise their listening skills and speak about their posture, their good and bad habits. They will also share their ideas on how to improve. It could be used with business English students as well as it tackles the topic of posture in the workplace. You can combine this lesson with “Communication styles: Assertive vs aggressive“.
Vocabulary: After an initial discussion on modern lifestyle and how it has influenced our posture, students complete an activity and learn parts of the body (e.g. ankle, wrist, hip, joints). Next, they do a matching activity and talk about poor posture (e.g. slouching, hunched back, slumped shoulders) In a multiple-choice pre-listening vocabulary exercise, students learn more topic-related vocabulary such as impair, wear and tear, muscle strain.
In a pre-listening discussion, they practice all the newly-learned vocabulary and try to predict the information they are going to hear in the video. A few photos are provided to guide the conversation.

Listening: Students watch a TED talk video “The benefits of good posture” and complete 3 different activities for the 3 different parts of the video .First they do a gap fill exercise with the words that they hear, then they complete extracts from the video and listen to check their answers and lastly, they put the tips given in the video in order.

Speaking: There are 2 speaking activities to wrap up this lesson. In the first activity students work in groups and come up with ideas about different measures that could be implemented in their workplace to ensure good posture.The last speaking activity opens a broader discussion about posture, body language and what it projects to the audience.The lesson provides various opportunities for discussion and vocabulary practice on a topic everyone can relate to.

Homework: 3 research topics are suggested which aim to develop the topic further. The topics, combined with the additional resources provided on provide plenty of extra opportunities for contact with topic-related vocabulary in order to reinforce and enrich it.”

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Pre-class activities

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Vocabulary matching


The first time you watch the video, pay special attention to the correct pronunciation of the following words:

1.throughout   2.slouch    3.hunched  4.caused     5.heart      6.blood     7.minor     8.muscles

Comprehension questions

In-class activities

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