English language worksheet: Dunning–Kruger effect

The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias. Complete this video worksheet to learn what it is and to improve your English language skills and expand your vocabulary. Photography is the skill example that is used in the video.

Before working on this worksheet, answer this question:

How good is your English?


Step 1 - study the vocabulary


Step 2 - Watch the video and answer the following questions

  1. What accent does the speaker have?
  2. Who is McArthur Wheeler, what did he do?
  3. What is the Dunning–Kruger effect?
  4. How common is the Dunning-Kruger effect?
  5. Is the Dunning-Kruger effect 100% bad? Why/ why not?
  6. In terms of ability, is feeling comfortable a good thing? Why/ why not?
  7. How important is feedback?
  8. What does it mean if you feel bad about your old work?


Step 3 - Discuss these questions with your language exchange partner

  • Are you a good photographer?
  • Have you ever fallen prey to the Dunning-Kruger effect?
  • How is your ability to learn languages? Do you often get feedback?
  • Apart from learning a language, are there any skills that you are trying to improve?