Sunday, March 31, 2019

(Upper-Intermediate) 10 Keys to Success: C1.1 Unit 1 Reading pre task

Guess the scramble word in these the 10 obstacles to achieving a personal goal:

1. The goal is too uevag 
2. You prnateocrasti
3. You play the mebla game
4. You listen to people who dcourisage you
5. You start too many prjectos
6. You surround yourself with people who don't chrea their goals
7. You allow diactistrons to rule you
8. You haven't ets yrseoulf pu for success
9. You're cisindeive
10. You don't vlibeee in yourself

Now match them to these ways to avoid the obstacles:

a. Focus on one thing at a time
b. Surround yourself with positivity
c. Never say "I'll do that later"
d. Create goals that specific and measurable
e. Think carefully about the reason your goal needs to change
f. Know your motivation triggers
g. Block off time for using social media etc
h. Remember you are who you associate with
i. You are the reason for your success or failure
j. put more emphasis on learning than complaining

C1.1 Unit 1: Success

Overall aims for the week:

To enlarge the capacity to articulate personal motivations and passions in relation to real situations, career aspirations and real life outcomes.

Consciously use the perfect aspect in all tenses. 

Transform a variety of verbs and adjectives into noun form with ease. 

Use a larger range of idioms in normal conversation.

Continue to develop use of adjectives of personality and emotion

Vocab for Unit 1: 


Supplementary vocab (from Ted Talk by Elizabeth Gilbert): 

based on 
to unthread 
don't budge

TED Lecture Vocab: Elizabeth Gilbert on success and failure

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Start by talking about the pictures. What words could they represent?

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Look at this list of phrases. Try to recall the images and discuss which images might represent them.

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don't budge

Separate the words....

1. amateurroyaltycriteriadiscourageindecisivecircumstances

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(Advanced) Success and Failure

Elizabeth Gilbert was once an "unpublished diner waitress," devastated by rejection letters. And yet, in the wake of the success of 'Eat, Pray, Love,' she found herself identifying strongly with her former self. With beautiful insight, Gilbert reflects on why success can be as disorienting as failure and offers a simple — though hard — way to carry on, regardless of outcomes.

Lead in

1. What's the thing you want to devote your life to?

Do you know yet?

2. Are you good at handling failure?

Talk about some experience of failure.

3. Have you seen the movie Eat Pray Love?

If not, what do you predict it is about?

Watch the trailer to check your prediction:

Eat Pray Love trailer

Would you go to see this film?

What kind of person might have written the original novel?

Before listening, add the missing sections into the spaces:

A. whatever the task is that love is calling forth from you next

B. which is ultimately to say that I loved writing more than I loved myself

C. But it also left me in a really tricky position moving forward as an author trying to figure out how in the world I was ever going to write a book again that would ever please anybody

D. as tiny old tough-talking Italian-American broads.

E. But then I would find my resolve, and always in the same way

F. the difference between bad and good

G. I would have lost my beloved vocation

H. and feeling like I was her again 

I. Actually, I kind of felt bulletproof 

1. So, a few years ago I was at JFK Airport about to get on a flight, when I was approached by two women who I do not think would be insulted to hear themselves described ______________

2. ______________ because I knew well in advance that all of those people who had adored "Eat, Pray, Love" were going to be incredibly disappointed in whatever I wrote next...

3. But if I had done that, if I had given up writing, ___________________, so I knew that the task was that I had to find some way to gin up the inspiration to write the next book regardless of its inevitable negative outcome. 

4. And it was devastating every single time, and every single time, I had to ask myself if I should just quit while I was behind and give up and spare myself this pain. ________________, by saying, "I'm not going to quit, I'm going home."

5. For me, going home meant returning to the work of writing because writing was my home, because I loved writing more than I hated failing at writing, which is to say that I loved writing more than I loved my own ego, ___________________. 

6. I found myself identifying over all again with that unpublished young diner waitress who I used to be, thinking about her constantly, _________________, which made no rational sense whatsoever because our lives could have not been more different. 

7. And one of these fates is objectively seen by the world as bad, and the other one is objectively seen by the world as good, but your subconscious is incapable completely of discerning __________________. 

8. And you know what happened with that book? It bombed, and I was fine. _________________, because I knew that I had broken the spell and I had found my way back home to writing for the sheer devotion of it.

9. And if you should someday, somehow get vaulted out of your home by either great failure or great success, then your job is to fight your way back to that home the only way that it has ever been done, by putting your head down and performing with diligence and devotion and respect and reverence ________________________.

A little bit more of the language:

marching up to 

book based on that movie.

all through adolescence, 

trying to unthread 

the chain of human experience 

the blinding darkness of disappointment

catapults you just as abruptly 

blinding glare of fame and recognition and praise

the distance you have been flung from yourself

getting lost out there in the hinterlands of the psyche

remedy for self-restoration, 

 the dreaded follow-up to "Eat, Pray, Love."

sheer devotion 

don't budge from it

Link to TED:

Success and Failure

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