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C2 – How Hypnosis Can Improve Your Health

This ESL lesson explores the transformation of hypnosis from skepticism to validation as hypnotherapy, successfully addressing mental health, pain, and sleep concerns. Through inducing deep focus and relaxation, it facilitates shifts in behaviors and emotions. While not universally applicable, its integration with therapies and dedicated practice assists in managing chronic conditions.

This is a flipped lesson. Not sure how to teach it? Click here for more instructions.

TypeLevelVocabularyReading timeLesson Time
Flipped LessonC2 / Proficient16 (21) words8 min / 1500 words60-80 min
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Teaching guide

This is a flipped lesson. Before class, students need to preview 16 vocabulary words from pages 3-4.

  1. Lead-in: In class, start by discussing the lead-in questions.
  2. Vocabulary: Go over the lesson vocabulary. If anyone needs help with the words, you can provide further explanations.
  3. Article reading and Comprehension questions: Students read the article (either individually or together). When everyone’s done reading, discuss some interesting takeaways and answer the comprehension questions on the next page. You can also talk about anything else that your students found interesting or thought-provoking.
  4. Vocabulary check: Students complete the vocabulary-related activities.
  5. Hypnotic activity: The final slide of the lesson could be assigned as homework, or feel free to do it in the class, however keep in mind that this activity could be time consuming.


  • Ailment
  • Mesmerism
  • Alleviate
  • Sedate
  • Stage gag
  • Cluck
  • Pseudoscience
  • Akin
  • Subtle
  • Rapt
  • Induce
  • Detachment
  • Bowel syndrome
  • Bognitive behavioral therapy
  • Obesity
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Herniate
  • Referral
  • Hypnotist
  • Fatigue
  • Wane


  • Lead-in
  • Vocabulary 1
  • Vocabulary 2
  • Article reading
  • Comprehension questions
  • Vocabulary check
  • Hypnotic activity