How to gain control of your free time?

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Vocabulary - time phrases

time phrases


Have you ever wondered how successful people manage their time? This TED talk will give you a glimpse into their approach to managing time. You will also have plenty of opportunities to talk about time management with your students.

B2 / Upper Intermediate
C1 / Advanced
60 minStandard LessonPrintable & Digital$6 Plan

This worksheet is based on TED talk “How to gain control of your free time” by Laura Vanderkam, an author of several time management and productivity books. During the lesson, students will learn the most challenging vocabulary from the video through a word-building exercise, as well as learn idioms related to time. There are also three speaking activities – one focused on using idioms, one for considering the impact of the so-called time thieves and a general discussion points for the video.

This lesson is labeled as a Business English one as it focuses on work time but you can easily adapt it to use it with young adults as it is not packed with business language so much.

My best approach for this lesson was to go through the warm-up and vocabulary sections and then watch the TED talk with students and follow with the discussion tasks.



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