Theresa Dash - reviewer of the lesson   Theresa | February 19, 2024
General English
Personality, Psychlogy, Fear
B2 Upper-Intermediate, C1 Advanced
Mixed Grammar
Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
30 minutes
Part of ESL lesson plan about phobias

Lesson Overview

What makes your blood run cold? In this lesson, students will discuss fears and phobias and ways to deal with stress and anxiety. This lesson features a video about rare phobias and the things that may cause them. Students will learn and practice vocabulary and idioms relating to the topic. The lesson includes plenty of lively discussions and practical worksheets suitable and appealing for both adults and youth.

Lesson Objectives

  • Listening: Students will listen to descriptions and discussions about phobias, focusing on understanding and identifying the use of modal verbs. This exercise aims to enhance their listening skills and familiarize them with phobia related vocabulary terms.

  • Speaking: Students will discuss fears and phobias, sharing personal experiences or knowledge about these topics. They will practice making requests, offering help, and politely responding to others.

  • Vocabulary: Students will learn vocabulary related to phobias and common fears, including terms like "anxiety," "stress," "panic," "allodoxaphobia," "decidiophobia," and "nomophobia." They will apply these terms in discussions about their experiences and fears, enhancing their ability to communicate effectively about the topic.

  • Cultural Awareness: Students may explore how different cultures react to phobias and fears. They will discuss how different attitudes towards phobias can impact individuals' willingness to seek help.

  • Homework: Students will complete tasks involving identifying phobias from descriptions, and using modal verbs correctly in sentences about fears. These activities aim to reinforce their understanding of the lesson's vocabulary, as well as to encourage personal reflection on the topic.


What are you afraid of? Is it an irrational fear? Watch this video to learn about three rare phobias and what causes them.

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

make one’s blood run cold [idiom]: cause one to shiver from fright or horror
phobia [noun]: an extreme or irrational fear of or aversion to something
fear [noun]: an unpleasant emotion caused by the threat of danger, pain, or harm
anxiety [noun]: feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, that can be mild or severe
rare [adjective]: not occurring very often
break out in a cold sweat [idiom]: feeling nervous or terrified
a nervous Nellie [noun]: a worried or anxious person
the heebie-jeebies [noun]: a condition of extreme nervousness caused by fear, worry, strain, etc.
debilitate [verb]: to affect someone or something's strength or ability to carry on with regular activities
a bundle of nerves [noun]: someone who is extremely anxious or tense
allodoxaphobia [noun]: an irrational fear of opinions
decidiophobia [noun]: the fear of making decisions or fear of making the “wrong” decision
nomophobia [noun]: psychological condition when people have a fear of being detached from mobile phone connectivity
pick-me-up [noun]: something that makes you feel better and more lively
deep-rooted [adjective]: firmly embedded in thought, behavior, or culture, and so having a persistent influence
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