What are some common reasons why students don’t complete their homework? Which ones are valid, and which seem to be excuses?
Here are some words and expressions that appear in the video:
salvage (verb): rescue or save
– I need to complete these assignments to salvage my grade. I don’t want to fail.
crisis (noun): a difficult or dangerous situation
– Some students are facing a financial crisis because they don’t have sufficient resources to pay for school.
called into work (verb phrase): be asked to work on your day off
– Several people were called into work because other employees called in sick.
Now, watch the interview and answer the comprehension questions. You can also turn on the automatically-generated captions for the video once you start it.
Discuss times in the past when you didn’t do or complete your homework. What were the circumstances, and how did things turn out for you?
The following activities deal with related topics to give you additional language practice.