A hobby is the activity you enjoy doing in your spare time. Hobby is the spice of life, as it can bring you pleasure, excitement and motivation.
Case: Jack is a freshman in our university. He doesn’t have any interests so he feels bored and confused. Jack would like to ask you for suggestions.
Task: share your hobby to help Jack
Activities: individual & group work.
Work in small groups. Based on the above case, students brainstorm their hobbies to inspire Jack, then speak it out. After that, group members discuss whether their hobbies can help Jack solve his problem.
Note: Teacher functions as a facilitator and director. At the end, teacher collects students’ ideas and give them feedback.
Cues: You can say
what kind of hobby it is
and explain why you like doing it.
Mind Map: learning, reading, writing, socializing, traveling, volunteering, cooking, painting, dancing, shopping, sleeping, gardening...
sports, photography, movies, music, games...
Reasons: associated with your physical and mental health (mood, feelings, energy, fitness), skills or abilities...
Input: Idioms & Words & Phrases
1. Every man has his hobby-horse. 人各有所好/萝卜青菜，各有所爱。
2. Happy is the man who is living by his hobby. 以爱好为生的人是幸福的。
3. Love what you do, and do what you love.
Words & Phrases
I like/love doing...
.... is my biggest passion 最喜欢
I’m fascinated by...
I’m crazy about...
I’m a ... buff（...迷 在buff前填入自己特别喜欢的事物 如film, car, music: I’m a film buff）
I’m a (big) fan/admirer of （粉某个事物/人 如I’m a big fan of Kris Wu.）
I’m (really) into...
I’m very fond of/ I’m keen on...
Sth can make me more creative/intelligent (举例painting, playing games)
can make me more intelligent (举例playing musical instruments, learning a foreign language)
is a creative hobby (painting, photography)
can boost my brain development (以上爱好都可以)
can improve my ... skills (reading and writing skills, computer skills, communication skills, cooking skills, life skills...)
is an important life skill (driving, cooking, swimming)
can make me more independent (cooking)
make me more confident (playing musical instruments)
can increase my self-confidence (swimming)
help me better understand (learning, reading, travelling)
can expand my horizons (traveling)
can expand my vocabulary(reading, learning a foreign language)
make me (feel) happy, energetic, calm, comfortable, relaxed, fun, enjoyable...
is a good stress-reliever一种很好的减压方式
recharge my batteries 给身心“充电”让身心重新恢复良好的状态
make me feel more energetic (sports and exercise)
make me feel more fresh and energetic (sleep, walking)
make me feel calm and relaxed (music)
make me happy and comfortable
make me feel motivated感觉很有动力 动力十足
make me feel rewarded感觉很有回报（物质&心理上的回报）
cheer me up让我开心起来 （socializing, watching TV/movies）
can improve my mood改善我的情绪
is a good way to relax/unwind很好的放松方式（music, traveling）
a good way to reduce stress (sports, travelling)
a good way to reduce anxiety减轻焦虑
can help us express our feelings (painting, playing musical instruments)
challenging and exciting (extreme sports极限运动like bungee蹦极)
can give me a sense of achievement成就感 （learning a foreign language, playing musical instruments）
fun and interesting非常有趣的
moving and inspiring感人 很励志的
improve our health 增加健康
boost the immune system提高免疫力
improve my eyesight增强视力
reduce the riskof heart disease and high blood pressure
improve my memory
improve my coordination skills身体协调能力(sports & games)
increase our speed and strength (sports)
have a healthy lifestyle
enjoy the sun and fresh air
get closer to nature
enjoy the natural beauty
get away from busy city life摆脱忙碌的都市生活
get away from it all摆脱日常的各种生活琐事
is a good form of exercise
is a good way to keep fit 保持体格强健
boost our efficiency
help us save time and energy
increase my concentration 提高我的注意力
make life more efficient/more convenient/easier and more comfortable