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English Conversation on Self-confidence

Self-confidenceEnglish Conversation Class on “Self-confidence”

An Inspiring Course for Intellectuals

  • Session 83: Self-confidence
  • Key Words: self-confidence, confidence, self-assurance – self-possession, etc.
  • Class Time: Wednesday, May 25th, 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:


  1. Explain about Brian’s disheartening experience.
  2. What is Dr. Albert Bandura’s main area of interest in psychology?
  3. On what condition can you be creative and innovative?
  4. Please describe Dr. Bandura’s procedure to eradicate the phobia about snakes.
  5. What kind of change appeared in the participants’ behaviors after receiving or experiencing the treatment in the test?
  6. Which title did Dr. Bandura select for the process of obliterating snake phobia?
  7. What is meant by ‘self-efficacy’?
  8. How could Mr. Dietz pacify the children who were about to have an MRI scan?
  9. What was the lecturer’s chief ambition that could help him to survive that malignant type of cancer?
  10. What does the message of ‘touching the snake’ at the end of the presentation imply?

Related Idioms, Proverbs & Expressions:

  1. Take the wind out of one’s sails: Make somebody feel less confident
  2. Keep a stiff upper lip: Have the ability to stay calm and confident and hide your feelings in a difficult and upsetting situation
  3. Throw / pour cold water: Discourage a plan or idea

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

  1. If you have doubt in yourself in getting something done, just see if others have done it or not. If a lot of people have done it, it means that you can do it too.
  2. Always do the things that matter most in your life and you will constantly be confident.

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.

Self-esteem takes precedence over self-confidence.

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 man is quite confident.


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:

Please help us to improve the quality of this class and our online community (LELB Society) by expressing your precious ideas about this question:

Which one of the following is more important to create more interaction in online classes: synchronous communication or asynchronous communication?

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.
  3. You should first create an account, log in to your account

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  1. 3. Please analyze the word confide etymologically and share your findings with us so that we could have a more vivid understanding of what confidence is all about.

  2. 4. Have you ever thought about how confident do you seem to others? Why?

    1. Grammar Point (Noun Clause): … how confident you seem to others…
      The first part of your question is a yes/no question. The second part (why) does not semantically fit the first part.
      By the way, welcome back 🙂

    1. Grammar Point (Question Form): You need to invert your sentence: Why is …?
      The number of your question must be “7”.

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