The lesson I’d like to share today is suitable for intermediate+ classes. It can be done at any time of the year – whenever you have some extra time on your hands or if you don’t feel like using a coursebook. Apart from the fact that it will provide students with some useful language input, it will also be motivating and personalized since most of the lesson revolves around your students and their personality traits.
1.Put the words introvert and extrovert on the board. Ask students to share with their partners what the words mean. Get them to come up with some adjectives they think go with each concept. i.e. extroverts – outgoing, easy-going, energetic, funny, silly, etc.
2. Students then match the concepts above with the following definitions:
- a person concerned more with practical realities than with inner thoughts and feelings
- a person who tends to shrink from social contacts and to become preoccupied with their own thoughts
3. Students say what they think they are – extroverts or introverts? Why?
4. Students discuss the following statements. Do they think they are true of false?
- An extrovert gets energy from social interaction.
- An Introvert is afraid of speaking in public.
- Extroversion relates to how outgoing someone is.
- Introversion is the same as being shy.
- Extroverted people need to be the center of attention.
- Introverted people are worse language learners.
5. Draw attention to different forms of the words: an extrovert/introvert – extroversion/introversion – extroverted/introverted.
1. Play the following YouTube video (it’s about 15 minutes long, English subtitles are provided). Tell them that it will clarify statement 6 above. Ask students to take notes of all the things that relate to their personality.
2. Stop the video when it’s almost finished (when Jade has left the room) and project the board on the screen so that students can easily refer to all her notes during the discussion.
3. Ask them to work in pairs and summarize the video and how the things said relate to their own personality. Did they agree with everything Jade said? Is there anything they have objections to?
4. By this stage, they might have already come to a conclusion that nobody is a pure extrovert or an introvert. One way or another, show the following quote.
There is no such thing as a pure introvert or extrovert. Such a person would be in the lunatic asylum. —Carl G. Jung
If you teach a class of extroverts, this will be a fun activity. 🙂 Otherwise, you may skip it completely.
Prepare cards with various situations on them, such as at the doctor’s, on a date, at a party, a job interview, at the library, etc. Put students into pairs and get each pair to choose one situation. One of them will be a typical introvert whereas the other on will be an extrovert. Alternatively, they can be both introverts or extroverts. You can either assign the roles or students can choose. Ask them to make a role play which they will later present in front of the class. To involve the rest of the class, i.e. the listeners, you can ask them to guess who represented an introvert and who was an introvert.
At the end of the lesson, ask your students what their takeaway is. Did they find any tips useful? Has their view of the issue changed?
If you teach (young) adults, you can ask them to take this Extroversion-Introversion Test. There are 81 questions and the test is supposed to take about 25 minutes, so it will be a great assignment for all those patient introverts. 🙂