The Disease of Being Busy (Upper-Intermediate Reading Lesson)

ESL Level: Upper-Intermediate and advanced

Skill Focus: Reading comprehension, vocabulary, speaking via discussion

Topics: Work-life balance, wellbeing, philosophy

Material Downloaddisease-being-busy-upperintermediate-10272016.docx

Foreword: The Disease of Being Busy is an article written by Omid Safi for The article can be accessed freely here and printed in 2.5 pages. I have not provided the text in my lesson plan because I do not hold the copyright.

The below questions go with the article. I have used this lesson as weekend reading homework for my upper-intermediate adult students.
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-- Supplementary questions created by Matthew Barton of