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Goal Setting | IELTS – TOEFL Speaking Practice

Published on October 13th, 2016 | Last updated on April 5th, 2021 by | Category: Speaking Practice in English | 16 Comments on Goal Setting | IELTS – TOEFL Speaking Practice | 222 Views | Reading Time: 17 minutes

goal settingGoal Setting | IELTS – TOEFL Speaking Practice

Goal Setting | IELTSTOEFL Speaking Practice

Relevant Audio / Video File:

Watch or listen to the following video/audio file in conjunction with the topic being discussed and try to answer the questions about it.

Questions about the video/audio file:

  1. Why should you start from smaller goals in your list?
  2. What is so pleasurable about making a list of your goals?
  3. How can you inspire yourself to achieve bigger goals in your life?

Relevant Excerpt:

If you want to succeed, you need to set goals. Without goals you lack focus and direction. Goal setting not only allows you to take control of your life’s direction; it also provides you a benchmark for determining whether you are actually succeeding. Think about it: Having a million dollars in the bank is only proof of success if one of your goals is to amass riches. If your goal is to practice acts of charity, then keeping the money for yourself is suddenly contrary to how you would define success.

To accomplish your goals, however, you need to know how to set them. You can’t simply say, “I want” and expect it to happen. Goal setting is a process that starts with careful consideration of what you want to achieve, and ends with a lot of hard work to actually do it. In between there are some very well defined steps that transcend the specifics of each goal. Knowing these steps will allow you to formulate goals that you can accomplish.

Goal setting is much more than simply saying you want something to happen. Unless you clearly define exactly what you want and understand why you want it the first place, your odds of success are considerably reduced. By following the Five Golden Rules of Goal Setting (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, time-bound goals), you can set goals with confidence and enjoy the satisfaction that comes along with knowing you achieved what you set out to do.

Original Source of the Excerpt: www.mindtools.com

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Relevant Idioms and Expressions:

  1. Course of action :arrow: the procedures or sequence of actions that someone will follow to accomplish a goal.  I plan to take a course of action that will produce the best results.  The committee planned a course of action that would reduce costs and eliminate employees.

Argue for/against: 

Please take an either positive or negative position to the statement below. You cannot be neutral. If all students have the same idea, the teacher will play devil’s advocate to have a heated argument.

 Requesting a counselor to set goals for you is better than goal setting on your own.

Photo Scanning:

Please examine the photo below and try to come up with as many reasons as you can in support of the following statement:

 The client is satisfied with the professional assistance the counselor is giving him in goal setting.


Reaching a Conclusion: 

  • At the end of each session, we try to come to an informed conclusion on the selected issue.
  • The students are expected to take notes during the class and use their notes to reach a conclusion at the end of each session in around 2 minutes.

Call for Feedback:

Please help us to improve the quality of this class and our online community (LELB Society) by expressing your precious ideas about this question:

You have been practicing negotiation of meaning in your class on challenging topics. Do you like your teacher, as one of the participants, to take a firm position in our negotiations, or do you think it would be better for him to be completely neutral and unbiased in the negotiations? Please feel free to express your ideas about this question.

16 comments on “Goal Setting | IELTS – TOEFL Speaking Practice”

    • In my view this person is not sure about what the counselor said to him and he is thinking about it. I think he needs more time to reflect on the ideas of the counselor and his needs and conditions. Maybe he became a little confused with the counselor’s assistants.

    • I strongly agree with this.
      We sometimes realize our targets accurately but we need someone’s help who knows almost all aspects and sub-sequences of a decision making. In this regard, a counselor has many valuable experiences with people who miss the right way to achieve their goals or forget and abandon their goals. He also recognize obstacles and helps us to solve them in the best way.
      It’s obvious that a counselor not only help us to save time, but also he is able to evaluate the reality of our goals. Actually, we introduce some goals base our dreams or due to our environments. so, what do you think of these? Will they all come true? Maybe some of them.
      Finally, life is short and we shouldn’t waste time by trial and errors. We need a long-term vision and short-term motivation which avoid us to be adrift. That’s why I think requesting a counselor is a good idea rather than we do that on our own.

      • Thank you for your long and complete viewpoint as a comment on the concept of goal setting.
        1. by trial and errors = through trial and error
        2. which avoid us to be adrift = which can help us avoid being adrift
        3. rather than we do = compared to doing that

  1. Dear Sasan,
    Your voice is still rather weak in the recorded files.
    I suppose you need to increase your input volume on Discord in this way:

    Also you may go to Audio Settings on your computer, and use this feature: Boost Microphone or Microphone booster, in the Recording Tab, or increase the volume of your microphone in the Audio Settings on your PC.

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