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Benefits of Mindfulness in ELT

Mindfulness-based practices can be beneficial in English teaching in several ways. Here are a few examples:

  1. Building awareness: Students can improve their self-awareness by engaging in mindfulness-based practices such as body scans and breath control. Their focus and participation in their English lessons may rise as a result of their increased awareness.

  2. Reducing stress: English classes can sometimes be stressful for students, especially those who struggle with the language. Mindfulness practices such as meditation and deep breathing exercises can help reduce stress and anxiety levels, which can lead to a more positive learning experience.

  3. Improving concentration: Mindfulness practices can help students improve their concentration and focus. This can be especially helpful during reading and writing activities, as well as during discussions and group work.

  4. Enhancing creativity: Mindfulness practices can help students tap into their creativity and imagination. This can be beneficial during writing activities and when students are asked to develop ideas or solutions to problems.

  5. Fostering empathy: Mindfulness practices can help students develop empathy and compassion towards others. This can be especially helpful when discussing cultural differences or working on group projects with classmates from diverse backgrounds.

The figure below summarizes the benefits of Mindfulness in ELT:

Overall, integrating mindfulness-based practices into English classes can make students more attentive, focused, and motivated students. Instructors can include these practices in their lectures by including mindfulness practices at every stage (as before, during, after, or pre-, while, and post- activities) of the class, or by incorporating mindfulness in particular tasks such as writing or discussion exercises.


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