I’m So Lazy! — a Talking Points lesson for English reading and speaking

We are all lazy, aren’t we?

This is a lesson on being lazy. I have used the topic of laziness in many English classes and I found that the students loved to talk about this topic. I think secretly many students confess to being more than a little bit lazy so the chance to reveal all is interesting for them.

You can use this in your own English or ESL class. You can also use it in an IELTS class.

Have fun with it and let me know what happens in the comments below!





Are you lazy?

How is laziness seen in your culture?

Do you know any lazy people? What do you think of them?




We all feel lazy at one point in our lives or another. We feel listless and have a total lack of energy. Staying in bed or stretched out on the sofa feels like a much better idea.

We ignore the phone calls and especially the to-do list we wrote out three days ago. Everything seems like such a monumental task — it’s just impossible to do.

No one likes to be called lazy. It’s largely considered a negative trait so why do we fall into lapses of laziness? What are the reasons why we find ourselves with zero motivation and unable to move ourselves to do anything?

Let’s look at three common reasons why we are lazy. And see how we can correct the situation.

1. You have no desire to do the task in front of you

You feel totally uninspired by the task and have no motivation to do anything about completing it. This is very common for all lazy people.

The reason they don’t want to do it is that they have no interest in the task at all. If we are inspired by the task, then we are interested in doing it. We are filled with the desire to finish it.

Inspiration leads to motivation which provides us with the energy we need to do the task.

2. You are overwhelmed by the task

You take one cold look at the task in front of you and it appears as a huge, grey mountain. Bleak and impossible to climb.

This is how many people see everyday tasks they have to do. The easy thing then is to just give up and not do it at all.

But all you need to do is break the task down into manageable, smaller tasks. We don’t climb a mountain with one step — we take many small steps. And those small steps add up quickly.

Do all the smaller steps and the big task suddenly look a lot easier to accomplish.

3. You have a fear of failure

You convince yourself that you will not succeed and then believe that you will fail. You don’t want to go through another humiliating round of defeat again so you decide not to do anything at all. At least that way you will not be disappointed.

But this is your mind playing tricks on you. Your mind is very powerful and can easily convince you not to do something. You believe what your mind is telling you and then it’s yet another day of being lazy.

These are the main reasons why people fall victim to being lazy. Are you doing any of these things? If you are, you need to take action against it and ensure that you don’t let your eyes off the main goal.


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Essential Vocabulary



total lack

stretched out


to-do list








one cold look






round of defeat


playing tricks



main goal


Write down all the words and phrases in your vocabulary notebook. Look in your dictionary and find the meaning of each word. Write the definition next to each word.

Then make up your own sentences using each word or phrase.

For example:

Notebook—a small book with pages of blank paper that students use to make notes when studying.

“I left my notebook at home so I was unable to make any notes in my English class.”




  1. Are you a lazy person? Tell the class about your experiences.
  1. Do any three of the conditions above apply to you? What do you think you can do about it?
  1. Is there a difference between being lazy and having no motivation? What are the differences?
  1. Is there a difference between being lazy and procrastination? What are the differences?
  1. Who is lazier? Men or women? Give examples.
  1. Do you have a to-do list? Does it work for you? Tell the class about it.
  1. When is it acceptable to be lazy?
  1. Do you think a fear of failure is a real thing? If so, what can we do about it?
  1. What animals are lazy do you think? Why are they lazy? What animals are not lazy? Why are they not lazy? What is the difference between these animals?
  1. If there is someone in the class who is really lazy, what advice can you give this person to change? Think of a plan to help them become more active in their life.


Teacher’s Notes


This could compliment another lesson plan I wrote on sleeping habits.

No one likes to consider themselves as being lazy, but some students may confess to being so.

I have done classes where some students wear it as a badge of honour!

How did it go? Did your students like this lesson?

Please let me know in the comments below!


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2 thoughts on “I’m So Lazy! — a Talking Points lesson for English reading and speaking”

  1. This is a common problem but I liked your explanations for it. The one I related to was being overwhelmed, which is often connected to learning curves. These are just preparations to completing a task and often a ‘three minute’ lesson takes hours! That makes me feel lazy.

    Fear of failure goes much deeper than laziness and should be addressed with counseling.

    1. Thanks for reading, Leona! I am glad you found this useful. Laziness is a real issue for me, I am sorry to say… I hope that students and teachers can also use this lesson plan in class.

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