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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on September 12, 2022 and last updated on July 24, 2023

The topic of Journalling is an enriching pursuit for English learners, providing a unique platform to enhance their language skills. Engaging in journal writing allows learners to practice vocabulary, sentence structure and self-expression.

Furthermore, journalling promotes critical thinking and encourages learners to explore their emotions and ideas in a safe and supportive environment. Embracing this topic empowers English learners to embrace self-discovery, deepen their language proficiency and foster a lifelong habit of meaningful communication.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

Journalling Review

Journalling, an expressive and introspective practice, empowers individuals to embark on a profound journey of self-discovery and reflection. Through the act of putting pen to paper or typing thoughts into digital spaces, one captures emotions, experiences and ideas, forming a personal narrative.

Journalling offers an avenue for catharsis, stress relief and mental clarity, fostering a deeper understanding of one’s emotions and thought patterns. Moreover, it serves as a record of personal growth, serving as a valuable resource for problem-solving and decision-making.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • journal (verb)
  • get something off one's chest (phrase)
  • express (verb)
  • write down (phrasal verb)
  • reflect (verb)
  • analyse (verb)
  • rewarding (adjective)
  • pointless (adjective)
  • reflection (noun)

Conversation Questions

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  • Do you keep a journal?
  • Did you keep a journal when you were younger?
  • Would you like to write a journal?
  • Why do you think people start writing journals and then stop after a few days?
  • How often do you think people should journal?
  • If you were going to write a journal what sort of things would you put in it?
  • Do you think writing a journal is a good way to destress?
  • Do you prefer writing in a physical journal or using digital platforms for journaling?
  • How does journaling help improve language skills like vocabulary and writing fluency?
  • Do you think journaling can enhance creativity and imagination? How?
  • What alternative ways to destress or relax are there which you think are more effective than journalling?
  • Can journaling be a substitute for professional therapy or counselling in terms of emotional healing?
  • Is it essential for individuals to review their past journal entries regularly, or is the act of writing itself sufficient?
  • Is it better to keep a private journal or share your thoughts and experiences through a public blog or social media?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.