Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on July 22, 2019 and last updated on August 7, 2023

The topic of self-confidence serves as an excellent conversation topic for English learners, as it promotes personal growth and enhances language skills simultaneously. Engaging in discussions about self-confidence allows learners to explore and express their thoughts, feelings and experiences, thus developing their communication abilities.

Moreover, discussing strategies for building and maintaining self-confidence provides practical insights that learners can apply in their daily lives, boosting their confidence in using English. By sharing stories, offering support and exchanging advice, learners can cultivate a positive and encouraging learning environment, fostering both language fluency and personal empowerment.


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.

About Self-Confidence

Self-confidence is believing in yourself and your abilities. It’s important for personal growth and success. When you have self-confidence, you can face challenges, achieve your goals and overcome obstacles. It helps you communicate effectively, build positive relationships and be assertive.

By understanding and developing self-confidence, we can improve our self-image, embrace our strengths and navigate life with more poise and certainty.

Useful Vocabulary

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

  • confident (adjective)
  • confidence (noun)
  • come across (phrasal verb)
  • experience (noun)
  • childhood (noun)
  • affect (verb)

Conversation Questions

My Image
  • What makes someone confident?
  • Can you think of anyone who you would describe as very confident?
  • Can you think of anyone you would describe as not confident?
  • Do you think you are confident?
  • What factors in a person’s life can influence how confident they are?
  • Can you think of any experiences or situations that have helped boost your self-confidence?
  • How much do you think your childhood affects your level of confidence?
  • How does self-confidence affect our interactions with others?
  • Are there any strategies or techniques you use to improve your self-confidence?
  • Can a lack of self-confidence hinder personal and professional growth?
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.