Public Speaking

Stefanie - author of the lesson   Stefanie I February 14, 2023
Business English, Speaking Lessons
Work, Public Speaking
A2 Elementary, B1 Intermediate
Mixed Grammar
Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
30 minutes
Public Speaking | ESL Lesson Plan

Lesson Overview

Has the cat got your tongue? In this lesson, students will discuss public speaking. The lesson features a video about the fear of speaking in public and strategies of how to overcome it. Students will talk about giving a presentation and come up with advice relating to specific situations. They will also learn and practice vocabulary relating to the topic. The lesson includes plenty of engaging discussion activities and worksheets that have been developed for adult and teenage learners.


Lesson Objectives

  • Listening: Students will listen to a speaker discussing strategies for overcoming public speaking fears. They will learn that knowing the topic well and practicing can make them feel more comfortable and confident.

  • Speaking: They will discuss their experiences and feelings about public speaking, share personal strategies for dealing with nerves, and give advice on effective presentation techniques.

  • Vocabulary: Key terms related to public speaking, such as "rehearse," "audience," "presentation," and "confidence," will be introduced to help students express their thoughts on the subject.

  • Homework: The homework includes tasks such as correcting grammatical errors in sentences, rewriting parts of sentences using a single word, and filling in blanks with the correct words. These exercises are specifically tailored to enhance students' grammar, vocabulary, and overall language proficiency in the context of public speaking.


Do you have butterflies in your stomach? Do you forget what you want to say or stumble over your words during a presentation or speech? Watch this video to learn a few tips and tricks to overcome the common fear of public speaking.

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

cat got your tongue [idiom]: used to ask someone why he or she is not saying anything
public speaking [noun]: the act or process of making speeches in public or in front of an audience
authentic [adjective]: real, actual, not false
power pose [noun]: a way of standing or sitting that is intended to make you look and feel powerful and confident
craft [noun]: a job or work someone does
cope [verb]: (of a person) to deal effectively with something difficult; manage or survive
project [verb]: to present or promote (a particular view or image); convey or communicate
at ease [phrase]: free from worry, awkwardness, or problems; relaxed
in the spotlight [idiom]: getting a great deal of public attention
rehearse [verb]: to practice or prepare for a public performance
tongue-tied [idiom]: momentarily unable to speak fluently or clearly
familiarize [verb]: to make known or familiar; to learn about something
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