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Proficiency Phrase of the Day #20: To be in one’s element

Today’s phrase is…

To be in one’s element

Introduce it to your students with some examples:

I had a dinner party last week with loads of old friends from university, I love telling jokes and old anecdotes about our uni days I was in my element.

There was a lot to get done before the wedding but my uncle was in his element; he was giving out orders, making phone calls and making sure everyone was involved.

Lead students to the meaning: to be in a situation where you feel comfortable and perform well.

Put students in pairs or small groups and have them discuss the following questions:

  • When are you in your element?
  • How do you feel in the following situations?:
  • When people are looking to you to make decisions.
  • In a group of people cracking jokes and making fun of each other.
  • In a large crowd at a concert or festival with loud music.
  • In the sales in a busy shopping centre hunting for bargains.
  • Planning a social event.
  • Working on a creative project on your own.
  • Leading a team of people.

Here’s the Quizlet set of all the previous phrases of the day.


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