Stiff upper lip

Stiff upper lip

Lesson overview

In this C2 lesson plan, students will discuss the ways of expressing emotions, sounding polite, as well as deepen the vocabulary related to feelings and emotions.



Based on an old photo of a lady, the student discusses the emotions she might be experiencing. They learn what ‘stiff upper lip’ and ‘wear one’s heart on one’s sleeve’ mean.


Video: Stiff upper lip

Before watching a video, the student learns and practices using new vocabulary (over the top, robust, subtle, etc.). They watch a video of a British historian explaining the origin and meaning of stiff upper lip. Then, they decide which statements based on the video are true/false.


Reading: Adjectives to describe feelings

The student reads a short story from which they extract and sort out the adjectives used to describe feelings (livid, forlorn, apprehensive, etc.). They practice using these adjectives in a speaking activity.

The student checks their understanding of expressions ‘stiff upper lip’ and ‘wear one’s heart on one’s sleeve’ by deciding which of these two types of people would utter the sentences given.

The lesson ends with a review.


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