Hedging yourself

Hedging yourself

Lesson overview

In this ESL grammar lesson, students will learn how to hedge with expressions and words, and they will acquire language related to cultural differences and body language.  



The student reads a paragraph about human evolution, paying special attention to indirect expressions.



The student is introduced to the concept of hedging as well as some hedging verbs, adverbs, and expressions (it appears that, suggest that, seem, believe, etc.). The student puts their knowledge into practice by using hedging words to fill in the gaps and rephrase sentences.


Reading: Cultural differences

The student reads a text about a multicultural work environment and answers the questions based on the text.


Idioms: Cultures

The student learns idioms and special expressions used to talk about cultures and meeting new people (Do not judge a book by its cover, be lost in translation, get on like a house on fire, etc.). The student then puts these expressions to use.


Video: How is body language different around the world?

The student watches a video about body language around the world and answers questions based on the video. New words and expressions are extracted from the video for the student to match them with their meanings (comfort zone, awkward, spark, etc.).


Reading: Body gestures

The student reads a passage about body gestures in different cultures and answers the questions that follow.
Finally, the student creates antonyms for the words given in a word family table.



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