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Challenge your lifestyle. Target age: Adult Level: Intermediate Objectives : Students will be able to understand and describe how to challenge lifestyle and what to learn from it. Students will be able to better understand and
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Challenge your lifestyle Target age: Adult Level: Intermediate Objectives: Students will be able to understand and describe how to challenge lifestyle and what to learn from it. Students will be able to better understand and describe one's own habits, challenges and lifestyle. Students will be able to improve their accuracy and competence of listening skill through this authentic listening material and effective activities. Christine, Hannah, June
Challenge your lifestyle Unit 1 Unit 1 Activity 1 A. Pair work. Imagine someone who is sick and tired of his or her old habits and routine life. He/she is going to challenge one’s own lifestyle. Read the list and add two more things.
B. Group work.Discuss the list that is provided on page1 and fill out the bingo chart with it.
Activity 2 A. Pair work. Read the article about Matt Cutts’ Try Something New for 30 Days. Try to guess the missing words. A few years ago, I felt like I was _______________________, so I decided to follow ______________________ the great American philosopher, Morgan Spurlock, and try something new for 30 days. The idea is actually pretty simple. Think about something you've always wanted to add to your life and try it for the next 30 days. It turns out, 30 days is just about the right amount of time to__________________________________ -- like watching the news -- from your life. There’re a few things I learned while doing these 30-day challenges. The first was, instead of_________________________, forgotten, the time was____________________________. This was part of a challenge I did to take a picture every day for a month. And I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing that day. I also noticed that as I started to do more and harder 30-day challenges, __________________________________. I went from ____________________________ to the kind of guy who______________________ -- for fun. Even last year, I ended up _____________________Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. I would never have been that ________________ before I started my 30-day challenges. I also figured out that if you really want something badly enough, you can do anythingfor 30 days. Have you ever wanted to_________________________? Every November, ______________________________try to write their own 50,000-word novel from scratch in 30 days. It turns out all you have to do is write _________________a day for a month. So I did. By the way, the secret is not to go to sleep until you've written your words for the day. ___________________________________, but you'll finish your novel. Now is my book the next great American novel? No. I wrote it in a month. It's awful. But for the rest of my life, if I meet John Hodgman at a TED party, I don't have to say, "I'm a computer scientist." No, no, if I want to, I can say, "I'm a novelist." So here's one last thing I'd like to mention. I learned that when I made small, _____________________, things I could keep doing, they were more likely to stick. There's nothing wrong with big, crazy challenges. In fact, they're ____________________. But they're less likely to stick. When I gave up sugar for 30 days, day 31 looked like this. So here's my question to you: What are you waiting for? I _____________ you the next 30 days are going to pass whether you like it or not, so why not think about something you have always wanted to try and _________________________________________. Thanks.
B. Listen.Write the missing words. Did you guess the words correctly? C. Group work. Discuss these questions with your group members. • What did Matt learn from 30-day challenges? • What new things did Matt try? • What does ‘sustainable challenges’ mean? • Do you think 30 days is the right amount of time to build a habit or get rid of a habit?
Activity 3 A. Pair work. How do you feel when you are ‘Stuck in a rut’ and ‘Challenged’ and what do you say? Complete the chart. B. Group work. Discuss which life is better. A well planned life according to your plans or A spontaneous life driven by instincts.
<My 30day challenges> C. Pair work. What would you like to try for 30 days? Challenge your lifestyle by adding and subtracting your own habits. Complete the chart. D. Group work. Introduce your plan and listen to the plans of others.
Activity 4 A. Work alone. What is necessary to break the old habits or establish new habits? Check the five most important qualities. B. Pair work. Compare your opinions. Which do you agree on? Disagree on? C. Group work. Look at these pictures. Then discuss the questions below. What does the title of each book mean? What do you think each of these books will talk about? Which book are you interested in most? And why? Which book do you think is a best seller?
Activity 5 1. If you opened up your computer and started removing hardware, what would happen. Chances are your computer wouldn’t work. Similarly, you can’t just pull out habits without replacing the needs they fulfill. Giving up television might mean you need to find a new way to relax, socialize or get information. One Habit at a Time A . Pair work. Match the articles with the titles. 2. A month may seem like a long time to focus on only one change, but I’ve found trying to change more than a few habits at a time to be reckless. With just one habit change you can focus on making it really stick. Multitasking between three or four often means none become habits. Consistency is Key 3. Don’t leave commitments in your brain. Write them on paper. This does two things. First, it creates clarity by defining in specific terms what your change means. Second, it keeps you committed since it is easy to dismiss a thought, but harder to dismiss a promise printed in front of you. Replace Lost Needs 4. Your change should involve one or two rules, not a dozen. Exercising once per day for at least thirty minutes is easier to follow than exercising Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays with yoga the first day and mountain biking the third day, except when it is raining in which case you will do… Simple rules create habits, complex rules create headaches. Write it Down 5. The point of a habit is that it doesn’t require thought. Variety may be the spice of life, but it doesn’t create habits. Make sure your habit is as consistent as possible and is repeated every day for thirty days. This will ensure a new habit is drilled in, instead of multiple habits loosely conditioned. Keep it Simple
Giving up television means giving up relaxing. Try to change more than two habits at the same time. Taking notes of your plan and commitment would be helpful for you. Come up with some simple rules. Do not stick to one way but try variety whenever you feel like. B. Pair Work. Read the articles again. Write True or False. A. Pair work. Talk about your challenging experiences. If you succeeded in changing the habits, what tips or strategies did you use? B. Group work. Discuss more tips for breaking bad habits and developing good habits. Write down 4 of them. Activity 6
Activity 7 What did you use to eat when you were younger? What did you use to do in your spare time? What habits do you wish to change if possible? How would you live differently if possible? A. Pair work. Ask each other these questions. B. Work alone.Ask yourself these questions and check in the column. C. Group work.Ask the questions and find out how and why it happened. Did you use to exercise regularly? Did you use to go to bed early? Do you wish you could quit playing computer games? Do you wish you could travel all over the world? Didn’t you use to eat meat?
Activity 8 A. Pair work. Describe the pictures of old habits and new habits.
Activity 9 A. Work alone. Imagine that you went through a lot of changes in your lifestyle. You were able to develop good habits and break some bad habits. Write a letter to yourself who is changed a lot. B. Group Work. Create an acrostic poem using words, phrases or sentences that start with each letter below. CHANGE C H A N G E MOTHER Mothers are specialOpen to buy you giftsTuck you inHugs youExcellent momRinses the dishes