Ellen Hutchby Ellen Hutchby

How to build confidence
All level


This is help in how to feel more confident and how to make them feel better having a go at speaking English.


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Main Aims

  • To get them finding the positives in other people which will help them feel more confident about themseleves.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To help them feel more confident aout speaking English and to get them to find positives inn everyday life that can help build confidence


Warmer/Lead-in (7-10 minutes) • What is confidence?

Put them into groups of 3-5 people and ask them to think about and write down what they think confidence is. Get them to think about... What is it? does everyone have it? can everyone have it? You should give them 8-10 minutes for this. Confidence meaning... The feeling or belief that one can have faith in or rely on someone or something. If they find that difficult, then give them some ideas that might help them, they can include... Do you think people who are always negative are confident? Do you feel confident speaking English? Do you think people feel confident about everything?

Exposure (12-15 minutes) • Are there different types of confidence?

As one big group ask them if they think that there are different types of confidence and what they think they are. Try and get them thinking about do you only have confidence for yourself or do you try and share it? You want them to come up with ideas like.. Self confidence - this is confidence in yourself and believing in you. Confidence in others - This is having confidence in other people and believing that they are going to do well and believing that they are a good person. Confidence that good things will happen - This is having a positive outlook on life and knowing that if you are good to people that people will be good to you also. Confidence that everything will be OK. - This is having confidence in when things are not going too well that everything is going to be okay. You also want them to be able to describe each one and tell us what each one is. This will take around 15 minutes.

Useful Language (15-17 minutes) • Discussion

Put them back into groups and get them to discuss what they think it all means. and do they think they have confidence in all these areas. If they do, why? If they don't, why? Give them 15 minutes to discuss with people.

Productive Task(s) (18-20 minutes) • Helping others gain confidence.

Ask them on the sheet of paper you have given them to write a note for someone, this note must be uplifting and not to a certain person, the note is to help someone feel better when they are having a bad day because it will help them know that someone is thinking of them. give them 7 minutes to write this note. Once they have written it, get them to put it in the middle of the table and we are all going to pick one out and read it and if you feel like sharing it then they will also have the opportunity to share what the note says with everyone else.

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