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Prioritizing Tasks ESL Lesson Plan

How To Prioritize Your Tasks

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Video Length: 3:05

Updated on: 06/22/2023

Lesson Time: 1–2 hrs.

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Prioritizing Tasks ESL Lesson Plan Description


This prioritizing tasks ESL lesson plan contains activities, PDF worksheets, and digital materials for B1 intermediate students. They talk about dealing with pressure and how to sort out daily tasks. They watch a video on organizing tasks using a method called the Eisenhower Matrix, which improves their listening and teaches them new vocabulary. They then use this method in exercises, practising giving advice in English. The goal of this lesson is to make students better at talking about planning and time management in English. It also gets them thinking about how to be organized and efficient in their daily lives. This lesson is suitable for students who want to improve their English and learn about managing tasks.


In this prioritizing tasks ESL lesson plan, students start by discussing their experiences and feelings about being under pressure. This leads to a conversation about how they prioritize tasks in their daily lives. Next, students engage with images of tasks to discuss and rank them as urgent or important. Students talk about the potential consequences of not prioritizing tasks effectively. This section aims to improve students' understanding of task management in English. It encourages practical and personal reflections on this essential skill.


Students then watch a video about prioritizing tasks. It mainly covers how to sort tasks using the Eisenhower Matrix/Method. The video teaches tips for deciding what tasks are most important. After the video, students do a few exercises. First, they match parts of sentences together. This helps them learn new vocabulary from the video. Then, they think of tasks that fit into different parts of the Eisenhower Matrix. This makes them practice what they just learned. Lastly, they write down what the video says about what to do after knowing your priorities. This part of the lesson improves students' listening and helps them use new ideas in real life.


After watching the video, students first talk about the Eisenhower Matrix. They share if they think it's useful or interesting and explain why. Then, they match phrases to the strategies of the Eisenhower Matrix. This helps them understand how to sort tasks by importance and urgency. Students also use what they've learned to give advice. They help a character decide what to do with her busy to-do list. They use the Eisenhower Matrix to suggest what she should do first, later, or not at all. This part of the lesson helps students practice giving advice in English. It also makes them use the Eisenhower Matrix in real-life situations.


In this activation, students first make a list of six tasks they need or want to do in their personal or professional lives. They don't order them yet. Next, they work with a classmate or teacher to prioritize these tasks. They share their lists and give advice using phrases like 'do that later' or 'get that done first'. They decide where to put each task in the Eisenhower Matrix. This activity helps students practice prioritizing tasks and using English to give and receive advice. It's a good way to apply what they've learned in a real situation.

Benefits of using this ESL lesson plan on prioritizing tasks:

Improved Task Management Skills: The lesson plan is designed to enhance students' ability to prioritize tasks effectively, teaching them practical skills that can be applied to their daily lives for better organization and efficiency.

Introduction to the Eisenhower Matrix/Method: The video introduces students to the Eisenhower Matrix, providing them with a practical tool for sorting tasks based on importance and urgency. This method helps students structure their approach to prioritizing tasks.

Personal Reflection & Practical Application: The preview and discussion section encourages students to reflect on their own experiences with pressure and task prioritization, fostering personal connections and practical insights into the challenges they may face.

If you're an English teacher looking to inspire your B1 intermediate students with an engaging ESL lesson plan about prioritizing tasks, you're in the right place! This lesson plan promotes language development through lively discussions about prioritizing tasks.

Video Description

Learn how to manage your tasks effectively for school, work, social and life - so you know how to be productive with your time. By knowing how to get things done effectively you can improve your time management skills and become more productive.

Lesson Activities


Prioritizing Tasks, Urgent & Important Tasks


Matching Activity, The Eisenhower Matrix, Short Answer


Urgent & Important Tasks, Task Prioritization Strategies


To-Do Lists & Prioritize Your Tasks, Quiz & Review, Lesson Reflection

Lesson Topics

Prioritizing Tasks, Eisenhower Matrix

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