Our latest release, ESL Speaking Activities about sins and virtues!
Many of you know that Santa Claus (or Saint Nicolas or Father Christmas) only comes to those who’ve been nice, and not naughty!
Religion and culture have always provided guidance regarding both good and bad behaviors, respectively known as sin and virtue. Christian tradition has long emphasized The Seven Deadly Sins and Seven Heavenly Virtues. These sins and virtues specify behavior that is either encouraged, or frowned upon.
Religious terminology provides a base to explore different human behaviors. Some words have fallen into disuse and been replaced by others. We think this terminology is perfect to get your students talking about greed, envy, gluttony, anger and more.
Each lesson in this series provides vocabulary that will help your students talk about different behaviors. We also include plenty of scenarios to promote fluency and discussion.
I hope that you enjoy these seven ESL Speaking Activities about Sins and Virtues!
Our societies contain many rules covering what we can and cannot do. Aside from laws created by governments, we also possess rules governing what is morally right or wrong. This lesson looks at the traditional Seven Deadly Sins, a great starting point for a discussion about self-control.
While both terms in the lesson title have somewhat fallen into disuse, the English language today has many expressions to cover the act of over-consumption. We live in a world that entices us to consume more of everything, so how can we practice self-restraint?
In 2017, Oxfam published a report stating that the world’s eight wealthiest people owned as much as the world’s 3.6 billion poorest. Just how much is enough? Do advertising and marketing make us greedy? And we now live in a world where you are more likely to die from eating too much food rather than eating too little…
The 21st century is busier than ever. In fact, people feel that anything other than ‘busy’ is an inappropriate state of being. Is laziness really a bad thing? Some people think that we are losing our capacity to simply do nothing. Is it important to set aside time to just think and reflect?
We all become angry from time to time. It’s inevitable. And most of us could benefit from a little more patience. Still, we’ve come a long way from the gods, who used to destroy humanity for the smallest of crimes; even they have clearly read a few Anger Management books!
In the era of social media, envy has morphed into a contagious disease. Everywhere you look, someone is more attractive, better dressed, more intelligent, more popular and having more fun than you… or so it would seem. Additionally, we help you distinguish ‘envy’ from ‘jealousy’ – Yes, there really is a difference between the two!
Pride has both positive and negative connotations. A little pride is good for self-esteem, while too much encourages arrogance. At what point does confidence become conceit? And whatever happened to ‘the quiet achiever’?
These Speaking Activities about Sins and Virtues provide an excellent introduction for Upper-Intermediate students. Each lesson contains multiple opportunities to discuss and present points of view. We hope that you enjoy them.