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Introduction

TOXIC HABITS THAT ARE


HOLDING YOU BACK AT WORK

In 30 seconds, in turn answer the following question:

Can you name a good habit and a bad habit that you have?

Example : wake up early, smoke etc

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Lesson Objectives
Topic: toxic habits that are holding you back at work
By the end of this lesson, you will be able to:
Use at least 6 related words
Create simple sentences about the topic
Have a conversation about the topic
Avoid some common grammar and pronunciation mistakes

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Lets start!
Look at the pictures and answer the question in 60 seconds.

Can you describe the bad habits in the pictures?

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Vocabulary
Pair Work: Student A reads a definition from column A.
Student B matches it with a word from column B, and makes a sentence.

A
a. not good for your health, or not strong and
well

b. a feeling or opinion about something or

1. Skip (v) /skp/


2. Hold sb back (phrasal verb)

someone, or a way of behaving that is


caused by this
c. a list of tasks that need to be done
d. to not do or not have something that you
usually do or that you should do; to avoid

/hld bk/
3. Unhealthy (adj) /nhel.i/
4. Reflect (v) /rflekt/

e. to stop someone or something developing or


doing as well as they should
f. to think carefully, especially about
possibilities and opinions

5. Attitude (n) /t..tjud/


6. To-do list (n) /tu du lst/

Example: Skipping breakfast is not good for your health.

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Grammar
Structure with avoid
S + (should) + avoid N/ V-ing

Make a sentence with the given structure.


Example: You should avoid skipping breakfast every morning.

Check email too often

Drink too much coffee

Choose wrong attitude

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Conversation
Pair work: Choose a role and act it out with your partner in 180 seconds.
Student A: There are some habits you have

that are not good for your work. Name some of


them and explain why they are holding you back
at work.
Suggestions: skip breakfast, check email too
often, not plan for a day, drink too much coffee,
not choose the right attitude
Student B: Your friend has told you about bad
habits he/she has at work. Now its your turn to
give him/her advice on how to deal with them.
Suggestions: go to bed and wake up early,
prepare meals the night before, drink a lot of
water ,set a specific time to check email, have a
to-do list

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Common mistakes
Mistake Correction
Grammar
Incorrect

You should avoid to skip breakfast.

Correct

You should avoid skipping breakfast.

Pronunciation
Attitude (n) /t..tjud/

Confusing
word pairs

Sentence
practice

vs. Altitude (n) /l.t.tjud/

It's difficult to change people's attitudes.

We are currently flying at an altitude of


15,000 metres.

Others

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Assessments
Here are some comments on your performance

Feel free to ask if you have any questions!


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Wrap-up

Words related to toxic habits at work


Structure:

S + (should) + avoid N / V-ing


Have a conversation about bad habits you
have at work and how to deal with them

Please do your homework in the downloadable outline from the website!

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Homework
Complete your mission and find more in related lessons.

Take note of what you need to improve (Vocabulary,


Your mission

Grammar and Pronunciation)


Search for related lessons in the course browser
Take those lessons

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