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Mindful Speaking on Real Friends

This activity is designed for 11th grades.


Introduce the topic of "Real Friends." Ask the students to think about what qualities a real friend has and why these qualities are important. Encourage them to reflect on their own experiences with friends. Sample questions:

"What is a real friend?"

"What kind of qualities does he or she have?"

"Do you have a real friend?"

  1. After a few moments of reflection, instruct the students to close their eyes and take deep breaths. Let them imagine their real friends. What do they do on a typical day? What is their favorite activity? Do they enjoy drinking coffee together? Guide students to think about one of the questions and make them imagine that moment.

  2. Let students open their eyes, return to the present moment and make them share what they did with their real friends.

  3. Form pairs or small groups. Ask them to discuss the qualities of a real friend with their partners or group members for the next 10 minutes. Encourage them to speak in English and to listen actively and empathetically to one another.

  4. During this time, walk around the room and observe the students' conversations. Offer encouragement and support as needed, but also give them space to explore the topic on their own.

  5. After the 10 minutes are up, invite students to share some of the ideas that came up in their conversations with the class, if they feel comfortable doing so.

  6. As a group, discuss the different perspectives on real friends that were shared. Encourage the students to ask questions and to listen actively and empathetically to one another.

This activity encourages students to reflect on the qualities of real friends and to practice speaking in English in a supportive and empathetic environment. By incorporating mindfulness practices, students can learn to cultivate a deeper sense of awareness and presence, which can be valuable in all areas of life, including language learning.


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