A place to get things done

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Vocabulary - procrastination

ESL lesson on getting things done


This ESL lesson on getting things done and deadlines includes a range of speaking, vocabulary and grammar activities. Students talk about deadlines, learn useful vocabulary and grammar structures, watch a video and have engaging conversations

B2 / Upper Intermediate60 minStandard LessonFree / Premium Plan


The lesson starts with a warm-up. Students look at the title of the lesson and guess what it might be about. Then, they read four opinions about deadlines and choose three collocations they would like to learn or use more often. Students also discuss these opinions, choose the one they can relate to and share their experiences. This ESL lesson on getting things done and deadlines also includes useful vocabulary. First, students read the questionnaire and match the words and phrases in bold (e.g. set out, check in on, loose ends, etc.) to their definitions. Then, students answer the questionnaire and explain their answers. There is one more activity in which students can talk about deadlines and practise the vocabulary. They complete short texts about different time management techniques and discuss their experiences using them. 


In this part of the lesson, students watch a video and learn some grammar structures. They start by trying to predict the answers to the questions about an anti-procrastination café in Japan. Then, they watch the first part of the video and check their answers. After that, students watch the second part of the video and summarise the author’s conclusions. Students also discuss the idea of such a café and talk about productivity. Then, students move on to grammar. There are three structures that students learn and practise: have someone do something, get something done (causative), and get someone to do something. Students discuss their meanings and practise them by rewriting the sentences. This ESL lesson on getting things done and deadlines includes a creative task. Students look at the pictures and imagine what the people might be saying or thinking. They have to use the structures they’ve learnt. 


This ESL lesson on getting things done and deadlines also includes an additional task that you can use as homework or revision. It’s available in the teacher’s version of the worksheet. You can print it, cut it up and hand it out to your students. It’s also included in the e-lesson plan.



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  1. MartaW

    Nice class, but keep in mind that it is definitely for more than 60 min, I did it in two classes

    1. Inna

      Thank you so much for your feedback! It might depend on how a teacher chooses to deal with exercises and whether they choose to use all of them as well. On top of that, how talkative the students are can also be a huge factor 🙂 Personally, when I teach my students using ESL Brains materials, even the same presentation works differently with different groups 🙂

  2. Aline Farinazzo

    What an enriching lesson! Thank you so much!

    1. Inna

      Thank you so much for your feedback! 🙂

  3. Елена Короткова

    Thanks a lot for the materials and the lesson layout!


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