Beginning to Lower Intermediate ESL Levels

In the second half of Module six, emotional intelligence is introduced. The Video Emotions

helps students with understanding the categories of emotions and the nuances. However, the emotion posters can be very effective used in a class also. They provide a wonderful stimulus for both class

discussions and writing assignments. For discussions, take one poster at a time. First, use it to generate a list of vocabulary words. A wonderful exercise is to do a joint story. The first line of the story is given

and the students take turns adding the rest of the story. Individual writing can then follow this.

Suggestions for adapting follow.


The Test of Emotional Intelligence presents few problems for the beginning to intermediate level student once they have learned the words. An alternative is to have them write the words in their native language and act them out for their classmates. You and the classmates then find the corresponding nuance from the list of emotion groups.   The other activities  also present few problems for this level of student. The Final Reflection can be used with this level of student by carefully explaining and modeling the instructions. The final question can be discussed in a group and then used for an individual writing assignment.

In order to teach the various words in the groups of emotions, it is suggested that the students role-play different ways to being angry.  As they role-play different ways, you can point out which of the nuances fit that particular role-play. This helps the students to understand the nuances and to contextualize the words for themselves. Repeat with each of the categories. An alternative is touse the Emotion posters that have each of the categories.