How to smash distractions
Lesson plan overview
This ESL worksheet is most suitable for B2 level students. It explores the topic of distractions, how to deal with them and how they affect our work, productivity and learning. Students learn useful vocabulary, watch an informative video and talk about their personal experiences and triggers.
Vocabulary: After and initial discussion, students learn vocabulary to talk about common distractions at work (clutter, multitasking, gossip, micromanagement). Then they practise this vocabulary by discussing in pairs which of distractions they struggle with and how each one could be dealt with. Next, students complete 2 pre-listening activities: the first one is a multiple-choice exercise. Students look at different sentences and choose the correct meaning of the word or expression (struggle, trigger, urge). In the second exercise, students complete 5 tips with the correct preposition and then discuss how effective the tips would be.
Listening: Students watch a video “How to smash distractions”, which is divided into 2 parts. First, students take notes on the difference between external and internal triggers. Then they complete the tips with the information from the video. The listening part concludes with a post-listening discussion on the information students received form the video.
Collocations: The last activity is a vocabulary development activity. Students learn different collocations with the word “attention” (e.g. undivided attention, scant attention, centre of attention) and then talk about the statements given.
Homework: 3 research topics are suggested which aim to develop the topic further. The topics, combined with the additional resources provided on theenglishflows.com provide plenty of extra opportunities for contact with topic-related vocabulary in order to reinforce and enrich it
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