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English Conversation Class on Forgiveness

Forgiveness-www.LELB.netEnglish Conversation Class on “Forgiveness”

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  • Session 82: Forgiveness
  • Key Words: forgiveness, understanding, tolerance, pardon, reconciliation, exoneration, etc.
  • Class Time: Wednesday, May 18th, 2016, 21:00 to 22:00 (Iran’s Time Zone)

Use the audio player below to listen to the podcast of this session:


Related Audio/Video File:

Please listen to/watch this audio/video file (lecture, presentation, dialogue, audio-book, etc.) on our current subject before the class and try to answer the following questions:

  • File Name: The Power of Forgiveness – The Science of Happiness
  • Lecturer:

 

Questions:

  1. What are some of the advantages of forgiveness?
  2. Describe the technique that was used in the video to exercise forgiveness.
  3. What was the role of the mirror when the participants tried to forgive?
  4. What changes appeared in the participants’ behaviors after putting the technique to use?
  5. Does forgiveness require two people to be involved?
  6. Do you need to verbally excuse somebody for what he/she has done to you in order to forgive them?

Related Idioms, Proverbs & Expressions:

  1. Off the hook: Excused – released – exempted
  2. Pardon/excuse my French: Used humorously to say that you are sorry for using a swear word or solecism
  3. Forgive a debt/loan: To write off – To declare that some money does not need to be paid back

Related Techniques to Learn English to Live Better from the creator of the LELB Society:

  1. Forgiveness is essential for mental health and peace of mind.
  2. Sit relaxed and take some deep breaths.
  3. Visualize yourself when you were most productive. Do not capture images of yourself when you were unproductive for any reason.
  4. In order to forgive yourself, first you need to forgive others.
  5. Mention the names of the people that you think they’ve offended you.
  6. Then say that you will release them to God.
  7. Wish happiness and success for them, no matter how offensive they have been to you.
  8. Remember that if you hold grudge of them, you just hurt yourself.
  9. The acid test for forgiveness is that there are some memories and you do not delete the memories, but the memories are not that bitter anymore.
  10. When God asks you to forgive others, it is for your own good. (Joyce Meyer)
  11. If you don’t learn to forgive others, the only person who is hurt is you.

Argue for/against: 

Please take an either positive or negative position to the statement below. You cannot be neutral. If all students have the same idea, the teacher will play devil’s advocate to have a heated argument.

On some occasions, you should not forgive.


Photo Scanning:

Please examine the photo below and try to come up with as many reasons as you can in support of the following statement:

This woman cannot forgive an offender.

Forgiveness


Reaching a Conclusion: 

  • At the end of each session, we try to come to an informed conclusion on the selected issue.
  • The students are expected to take notes during the class and use their notes to reach a conclusion at the end of each session in around 2 minutes.

Call for Feedback:

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Class Regulations:

  1. Please write down your questions about the topic of the next session in the comment form below.
  2. If you don’t make any question, we cannot have you in our discussion.
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This Post Has 18 Comments

    1. To what extent will one be able to forgive? for example if someone kills his parents will they be forgiven I guess the answer is no.

      1. Dear Noor, it’s so good to reply to my questions. I admire you.
        But please create your own questions, too. Your question should be numbered “4” as we have 3 basic questions so far.

      2. You are just replying to my questions. I want you to make independent questions of your own.

    1. Both should come eventually , at first your self and then others.

    1. Nearly every one has been hurt by action or word of others , and it is natural to think of revenge or resentment by holding grudges. In reality holding grudges is like swallowing poison and expecting the other person to get hurt by it. The anger,frustration and take away the youth and time thanks to an increase in the stress hormone cortisol. As it effects on your blood pressure, heart rate and most likely to die from heart disease.

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