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Habits – IELTS Speaking Practice

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IELTS Speaking Practice on Habits

  • Session 85
  • Key Words: habits, habit formation, tendency, addiction, obsession, etc.
  • Class Time: Wednesday, June 22, 2016, 9:00 to 10:00 pm (Iran)

 ➡ Attention!

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Use the audio player below to listen to the podcast of this session:

Related Audio/Video File:

Please listen to/watch this audio/video file (lecture, presentation, dialogue, audio-book, etc.) on our current subject before the class and try to answer the following questions:

  • File Name: Try something new for 30 days
  • Lecturer: Matt Cutts

Questions about the Audio/Video File:

  1. How many days do you need to change your habits?
  2. What specific changes started to appear in the lecturer’s personality after that 30-day challenge?
  3. What is the highest mountain in Africa?
  4. What is the meaning of “from scratch” as stated in the lecture?
  5. What is the meaning of “give something a shot” as stated in the lecture?
  6. What type of challenges are more likely to stick?
  7. What should you do to reinforce your positive and constructive habits?

Related Techniques to Learn English to Live Better from the creator of the LELB Society:

  1. The beginning of a habit is like an invisible thread, but every time we repeat the act we strengthen the stand, add to it another filament, until it becomes a great cable and binds us irrevocably in though and act. (Orison Sweet Marden).
  2. Old habits die hard.
  3. Your habits are like inertia. They deter you to make any changes.
  4. Habits grow out of environment.
  5. Habits can work for you, or work against you. You should be conscious enough to form the correct ones. (Hossein Hariri)
  6. Habits become part of your nature by repetition. (Napoleon Hill)
  7. Reinforced habits are like the clarified and easily paved paths in an untouched forest. You have a tendency to take steps in these paths. But you may also create new channels and form new habits.
  8. Habits are the confluence of knowledge (what to do), skill (how to do) and attitude (want to do) things in your life. (Dr. Stephen R. Covey)
  9. In order to be able to cope with your problems effectively, you should update your habits and personality traits as the database of an anti-virus is updated to have immunity against the recent viruses. That is, your life should always be in a state of flux, making positive changes and getting rid of the unpleasant and destructive habits. (Hossein Hariri)
  10. Habits are the end-results of repetition. (Hossein Hariri)
  11. Break your negative habits before they break you. (Hossein Hariri)
  12. Between stimuli and responses, there is a gap which calls for your wisdom and willpower. You don’t need to conditionally and habitually respond to any stimuli predictably. You can choose to respond to them based on freedom, willpower and wisdom. (Dr. Stephen R. Covey)
  13. We are what we repeatedly do. (Aristotle)

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.

A leopard cannot change its spots.

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 boy fails to break his destructive eating habit.


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:

Which one is more important to you: self-assessment (editing your own comments), peer-assessment (being corrected by your classmates) or teacher-assessment? Why

This Post Has 27 Comments

        1. If u are asking me personally, it is nt ganna happen at least nt to me. If i hava a habit of doing things regardless of bad or good there is no way that time can change them.so selfish right?! 😛

          1. In response to your comment, we have an English idiom that says: A leopard cannot change its spots. However, I don’t think so. I guess you can change yourself the way you really like. It’s just the matter of time and persistence.

  1. 5. Which is the more important in speaking, the intonations and accents or meaning of statements

    1. This question is NOT relevant to our topic (Habits). You need to change this question; otherwise, it will not be included in our conversation.

  2. 6. Do we notice how many bad habits that we do every day?

  3. 7. why is it so difficult to develop a new habit?

  4. 8. Are we be born with our bad habits? Or do we acquire them from the environment surrounding us?

  5. 9. habits can totally destroy any relationships?either it is good or bad habits as well?

    1. Your question is not easily understandable. At least, I couldn’t understand it.
      Please explain more about it.

      1. i mean we always thinking about how to stop a bad habit but sometimes some habits are good and necessary for surviving

        1. That’s right. On this condition, we need to reinforce the positive habit and loosen our negative or destructive habits.
          In so doing, we can build up and reform our personality.

  6. 11. From where do we take habits? or maybe do we grow them ourselves?

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