Assertive Communication


Learn to say NO!




Foreign Language



General objectives

  • Learn to use an assertive communication.
  • Understand what is important and what is not in your life.
  • Develop a positive approach in negative moments of your life.
  • Train conflict resolution and decision-making skills.

Learning objectives

  • To develop critical thinking and self-reflection skills.
  • To focus on the importance of our words, ideas and behaviors.

Results, hints and inspirations from the experimentation

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15 years old



Local adaptation:

Students were invited to work in pair. Each pair read and completed the worksheet. This part did not take much time. After the teacher decided to focus on a role-play activity. Two by two, students were invited to play and represent in front of the class the negative situations they had in their worksheet. In this way, it was easier for the students to understand the meaning of Assertive Communication and it was easier for the teacher to explain the topic and avoid any form of rhetoric.

How did the teachers implement the activity?

The teacher decided to implement this activity since “it helps develop critical thinking and self-reflection. It focuses on the fear of rejection, on the way we cope with disappointing someone, and on the importance of our words, ideas and behaviors. It is useful in school and in life. It promotes teamwork”.

How did students react to the activity?

Students were surprisingly good at playing the negative situations, probably because youngsters are not as over-structured as adults are.

Other comments:

There were no other hints regarding the implementation of the activity. The teachers stated that she was “Struck and surprised by [students’] naivety, talent and sense of humor”.

For specific information on this activity, download the worksheet: