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Self-discipline | IELTS – TOEFL Speaking Practice

self-disciplineSelf-discipline | IELTS – TOEFL Speaking Practice

Self-discipline | IELTS – TOEFL 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 is self-discipline important to achieve success in life?
  2. Can we develop self-discipline, or is it an inborn capacity?
  3. Why do so many people have discipline problems?
  4. How can you start to develop an optimum level of self-discipline?
  5. How are self-discipline and habit formation related to each other?
  6. What is self-discipline in action?
  7. Should exercising self-discipline be always an unpleasant experience?

Related Idioms and Expressions:

  1. Run a tight ship :arrow: to run a ship or an organization in an orderly and disciplined manner.
  2. Bent on doing something :arrow: determined to do something. Jane was bent on having her own apartment.
  3. Bound and determined :arrow: determined.
    We were bound and determined to get there on time.

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.

 Self-discipline is the most important ingredient of success in life.

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:

 This man has a pretty determined face.


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:

In our Round Table activity, the students are the main content developers of the class in the form of comments and replies in our comment forms, and also determining the topics for our discussions. How has our Round Table activity with the above-mentioned characteristics influenced your language learning?

About Dr. Mohammad Hossein Hariri Asl

Dr. Mohammad Hossein Hariri Asl is an English and Persian instructor, researcher, inventor, author, blogger, SEO expert, website developer, and the creator of LELB Society. He's got a PhD in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language). Study our guest posting guidelines for authors.

30 comments on “Self-discipline | IELTS – TOEFL Speaking Practice”

  1. What I’ve learned from previous session about how to be a self-disciplined person:
    1. Be to some extent strict, serious and determined
    2. Break the big duty into smaller parts and do them one by one
    3. Do the most difficult activity at first
    4. Spent the first 15 minutes of every day in doing the most unpleasant Work
    5. Know the value of time and practice to be punctual

  2. ⏰ This is Tuesday, 9:00 pm (Iran). The following participants cannot attend tomorrow’s session on ‘self-discipline’:
    Mandana, Vahid, and Zohreh.

  3. 5. To what extent do you agree with me that the people who do not care about what and how much they eat lack self-discipline? (For example, the people who tend to eat greasy, unhealthy food)

      • Bravo Fatemeh!
        ✅ ? ☑️ ? ?
        The point is that Sasan refers to a specific group of people (those who do not care about…). Therefore, it’s better to use the as an article before people to indicate that we know which group of people we are talking about.

  4. ? Dear all,
    I have successfully solved the polling system problem, and you can now vote for your favorite topic for the next session.
    Thanks for your patience.

  5. To Sasan:
    Dear Sasan,
    Since you may not be familiar with our updated class rules, to your information, the deadline for completing your assignments (one question and one reply) is 24 hours before the class, i.e. Tuesday, 9:00 pm (Iran’s Standard Time).
    Thanks for your attention.

  6. To Fatemeh:
    Dear Fatemeh,
    I reflected upon the idea of installing some applications on the site to leave asynchronous voice messages, and you proposed, and I came across this great website:
    It is perfectly feasible to run this software here, but upon further consideration, I noticed that it does require the admin of the site to spend a huge amount of time monitoring the voice messages to censor non-academic ones, and unfortunately, I don’t have that time and patience.
    This is to inform you that you can pursue your interests regarding exchanging voice messages by clicking on the link above.
    Thanks for your valuable ideas.

      • Dear Fatemeh, this is a website that provides asynchronous voice-based discussion boards for other online communities as clients. If interested, you should search which websites use their ( services.
        That’s all I know.

    • Deciding what to do and determining our goals constitute the first step in reaching our goals, however, we need to take some practical views to make our goals achievable. I think this phase is the most difficult one because we should obey some principles and rules in order to follow our plans and schedules. In other words we should have some disciplines in achieving any success.

  7. ATTENTION ? ⚠️ ⛔
    I cannot allow the following students to attend our classes because the quality of recorded sessions is so important to me:
    1. Those who are late.
    2. Those who do nothing about the quality of their internet connection. They get frequently disconnected and disturb the smooth flow of the class.
    3. Those who do not optimize their audio quality for optimum volume and push-to-talk feature.
    Please note that I’m really serious about the above points, and I’m informing you in advance.
    Thank you.


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