Topic: Planning



In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over this topic: Planning. First, go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

follow through to complete an action or process; to fulfill a promise or commitment
e.g. I do my best to follow through on plans.
flexible willing to change or to try different things
e.g. I’m fairly flexible with my plans.
to catch up to acquire the latest information
e.g. Tomorrow, I’m planning to learn more about my new job so that I can catch up on the knowledge I am missing.
from now [time] after this moment e.g. Three weeks from now = In three weeks.
e.g. I can move into a new place three weeks from now.
do someone’s best to do something as well, skillfully, or accurately as one can
e.g. I do my best to follow through on plans.
to overcommit to agree to do too many things
e.g. I think it is better to avoid overcommitting, or saying “yes” to too many things!
up to a point used to indicate that a statement is partly but not completely true
e.g. I am flexible about making plans, up to a point.
heads up a warning that something may or may not happen
e.g. I prefer to get a heads up as soon as possible when things change.
develop (thought/plan) to create something over a period of time
e.g. If I didn’t develop a smart plan to research and view my options, I would never actually find a new place
put in some effort to seriously attempt to do something
e.g. I have to put in some effort to make that dream a reality


Use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  1. What are you planning to do tomorrow? What about next week?
  2. Do you usually follow through on your plans?
  3. Are you flexible about making plans?
  4. Name your biggest life goal. What’s your plan to achieve it?
  5. Do you have a 5-year plan? 10-year? 20-year?
  6. Is family planning important?
  7. Should parents help their children plan their time?
  8. Name one or more positive sides to planning.
  9. Name one or more negative sides to planning.
  10. Antoine de Saint-Exupery expressed this idea: “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” Do you agree? What are the differences between goals, plans, and wishes?


Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.


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