The Science of Smiling

Theresa Dash - author of the lesson   Theresa I December 21, 2021
General English, Speaking Lessons
Emotions, Feelings, People, Science
B2 Upper-Intermediate
Auxiliary Verbs
Grammar, Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
45 minutes
Students engaged in an online lesson discussing the epidemic of loneliness, while practicing auxiliary verbs and vocabulary related to this topic.

Lesson Description

Have you ever felt like you were on a deserted island or lost in a maze? In this lesson, students will learn about the epidemic of loneliness, the consequences of this feeling, and how to overcome it. This lesson features a video of a psychiatrist explaining one practical thing we can do to make our lives better. Students will learn and practice auxiliary verbs and vocabulary relating to this topic. The lesson includes plenty of engaging discussion activities and worksheets that have been developed for adult and teenage learners.

Lesson Objectives

  • To learn and review the use of auxiliary verbs

  • To discuss the topic of loneliness

  • To develop speaking and listening skills

  • To learn new vocabulary


Watch this video to learn how to tap into the hidden psychology of your mind. Dr. Goulston, a psychiatrist of over 40 years, explains how we can do one practical thing to make our lives better. What made you smile today?

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

paradox [noun]: a seemingly absurd or contradictory statement that may be proven true
epidemic [noun]: a sudden, widespread occurrence of a particular unwanted phenomenon
psychology [noun]: the mental characteristics or attitude of a person or group
suicidal [adjective]: deeply unhappy or depressed and likely to commit suicide
deteriorate [verb]: to become worse
despair [noun]: a feeling of being without hope or unable to improve a situation
tap into [phrasal verb]: to manage to use something so that it brings good results
coworking [noun]: an arrangement in which workers of different companies share an office space
strip away [phrasal verb]: to get rid of something that is considered not to be necessary
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