Sarah is an educational freelance writer and has taught English and ESL in grades k-12 and college. She has a bachelor's degree in English Education from the University of Delaware, and a master's in TESOL Literacy from Wilmington University.
Talking About Stress
Many students experience stress on a regular basis. ESL students, in particular, can be overwhelmed with learning a new language and assimilating to a new culture. Talking about the causes and effects of stress can help students understand their own physiological reactions, and teaching ways to combat stress can help students perform better in school and improve their quality of life.
It might be a good idea to facilitate small group discussions about stress during times of the year when students are more prone to it, such as before exams or when there is a change to their regular schedule. Discussions can help students learn from one another, develop their social skills, enhance vocabulary, and improve oral language development.
Here are some sample questions you can give pairs or small groups of students for discussing students' experiences, causes and effects, and solutions to stress:
Questions About Students' Experiences With Stress
- What makes you become stressed?
- Do you become stressed easily?
- How does stress affect you?
- Can you name a time when you were very stressed? How did you deal with it?
- What is your preferred method for dealing with stress?
- Have you ever talked to a professional counselor to help manage stress?
- Has money ever been a source of stress in your life?
- What are some hobbies that help you avoid stress?
- What are some examples of high-stress jobs?
- Can stress ever be beneficial?
- How stressed do you become before taking a test?
Questions About Causes and Effects of Stress
- Why do people become stressed?
- What do you think are the top three causes of stress?
- How does school contribute to stress?
- How do relationships contribute to stress?
- What are some common effects of stress?
- What are some common symptoms of stress?
- How does stress affect sleep?
- How does stress affect academic and work performance?
- How does stress affect personal relationships?
- Do you think it's worthwhile to pursue a high-stress career if the pay is very good?
Questions About Solutions to Stress
- What are some common ways to deal with stress?
- What do you think is the best way to deal with stress?
- How does a healthy diet help combat stress?
- How does physical activity help combat stress?
- Do you think meditation is an effective solution for combating stress? Have you ever tried it?
- Do you think art therapy is an effective way to manage stress? Have you ever tried it?
- When do you think it's necessary for someone to seek professional help to deal with stress?
- Can music help alleviate stress?
- What advice would you give to someone suffering from stress?
- Do you have any suggestions for making school less stressful?
- How can friends and family members help you alleviate stress?
Stress is a universal emotion that everyone experiences at some point in their lives. ESL students often experience stress when transitioning into a new culture and acquiring a new language. You can help students manage stress by allowing them to discuss strategies for overcoming it. You can also provide discussion questions that will allow them to explore the causes and effects of stress. These discussions will also help build students' oral language skills.
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