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Getting things done
upper intermediate level


In this lesson, students learn about getting things done, through a guided discovery based on a reading task. The lesson starts with a video "life of a procrastinator". This is followed by an activity where students should identify the meaning of some expressions. Later, there will be a gist reading activity, followed by a reading for details task where students are ask to answer a list of questions related to the text. Finally, there will be a speaking task by the end.


Abc Vocabulary WB
Abc Text handout
Abc Answer key handout
Abc tick and explain handout
Abc Survey handout
Abc put in order handout
Abc Questions WB

Main Aims

  • To provide gist and detailed reading practice using a text about customers placing order at a copy shop. in the context of are you procrastinator or well orgonized person

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency and accuracy speaking practice in a conversation in the context of what kind of person are you?


life of a Procrastinator (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Show the students a video about the life of a procrastinator in order to put them in the context of the lesson. Ask the students what was the video about. Try to elicit some words or expressions like "disorganized, lazy, last minute etc."

Pre-Reading/Listening (5-7 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

A list of questions will be shown on the white broad (target language), the students should guess the meaning of these expressions, by giving examples, or expanding the expression itself.

While-Reading#1 (10-12 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading tasks

In small groups, students will get separate parts of each conversation (there are three conversations) which they'll put it in right order. Once they finish they will be asked to check each-others' work. Then, they'll be asked to put the three major parts in the right order.

While-Reading #2 (16-20 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading tasks

Once the students finish the previous task, they will get the whole conversation to read (individually), and write the meaning of the expressions that they saw at the pre-reading task, but this time in their own way, then they discuss their answers with their friends. This activity will be followed by an other one, where the students will be asked to tick the right answer based on the previous survey, and explain their choices. Before having the WC FB, students will compare their answers with their friends and give their reasons.

Post-Reading (8-10 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

A list containing some questions (three questions), will be projected on the WB. Students in pairs will discuss them and tell each other about themselves (what kind of persons they are). Nominate some students to talk about their partners.

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