Procrastination

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This lesson explores one of the most common problems that worries students; the tendency to put things off until the last moment or beyond the last moment. University students are particularly vulnerable to procrastination, possibly because of the amount of work expected of them, the lack of formal structure at university and the range of tempting distractions on campus. This lesson helps students identify the causes, effects and possible solutions to academic procrastination.

Procrastination Lesson Resource Book

This lesson includes three resources: A definition writing (including a dictation), a discussion about the causes, effects and possible solutions connected to procrastination, and a TED Talk lecture listening with comprehension questions. Much of the content is based on university support guides and counselling help centres.

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Procrastination Lesson Resource Book

This lesson includes three resources: A definition writing (including a dictation / dictogloss), a discussion worksheet about the causes, effects and possible solutions connected to procrastination, and a TED Talk lecture listening with comprehension questions and PPT (see example).  Level ***** [B2/C1] / Power Point /  Video [14.00]   / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP 

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SPEAKING LESSON

 

 

Speaking: Procrastination

Students start by discussing and writing a possible procrastination definition. This is then followed by a discussion about the causes, effects and possible solutions connected to procrastination. Helpful teacher’s notes to guide the discussion and links to university guides (example) / Level: ***** [B1/B2/C1]  /  TEACHER MEMBERSHIP

 

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DICTOGLOSS: What is procrastination?

This is a nice way to begin this lesson through asking students what they know about academic procrastination at university. This is then followed by a dictagloss activity where learners are required to construct a short text (3 sentences) by listening and taking notes. In small groups they try to reconstruct the text. There are many key skills used in this type of lesson; listening, note-taking, communication with other students, grammar and vocabulary development.

 

Dictogloss: Procrastination

A definition of academic procrastination that includes two established scholars in the field and the two forms of procrastination.  Example /  more dictogloss lessons / Level: ***** [B1/B2/C1]  /  TEACHER MEMBERSHIP

 

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Video: Tim Urban – Inside the mind of a master procrastinator

 

LECTURE LISTENING LESSON

  

Procrastination: Inside the mind of a master procrastination – Tim Urban

TED TALK: A really funny talk on three characters that play an important part in the mind of a procrastinator. Includes comprehension questions and a PPT (see example).  Level ***** [B2/C1] / Power Point /  Video [14.00]   / MEMBERSHIP 

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