Unit 48
Asking for a deadline extension

English for the workplace/Communication in workplace


Share your ideas with your teacher and try to make sentences.

Have you ever been pressured by the upcoming deadline?


Repeat  these  sentences  after  your  teacher.

1. extend (v.) 延長,使延期
There are plans to extend the no-smoking area.

2. deadline (n.) 最後期限;截止日期
I prefer to work to a deadline.

3. delayed (n.) 延誤的,延遲的;延期的
It may well be that the train is delayed.

4. panic (n.) 驚慌,恐慌
They were in a state of panic.

5. put off  推遲,拖延
Don’t put off today’s work until tomorrow.

6. interns (v.) 實習生
Ms. Julie oversees about 15 interns a year.
朱莉女士每年監督大約 15 名實習生。 

7. appreciate (v.) 感激
I’d appreciate your input on this.

8. in advance 提前,預先
A 10% deposit is payable in advance.
需提前支付 10% 的押金。 


Read the dialogue aloud with your teacher.

Hi, Monica. How’s the project coming?

Actually, we’re not on schedule. Could we extend the deadline by a week?

Hmm, I can give you a few extra days, but not a week. Why is it delayed?

We don’t have enough staff, so we’re behind schedule. I’m starting to panic a little.

Ah, well, put off some other tasks until you’re done. I’ll also get some interns to help you.

Wow, thanks. I really appreciate that.

No problem. Next time you’re behind on something, don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Ok, I’ll let you know well in advance so we have time to get it done.

Great. Anyway, I look forward to seeing your finished product.


Read the article aloud with your teacher.


How to stop missing deadlines once and for all


1. Now, you have a 3-day week. Plan with it.

Starting today, plan your tasks taking into account that your week ends on Wednesday. Distribute all the hardest tasks and most important tasks between Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The other days you leave opened. Having a lighter workload on Thursday and Friday, you will be able to adapt your journey when run into the unexpected, but without all that stress you live today.

2. You need technology. Use a task manager.

Now that you have the planning of your smart 3-day week, put all your to-do in your task manager, because it will organize your routine. Just set the delivery date of each task to two or three days before the optimistic deadline (it’s because of it that you get stressed, remember?). The tool will set for you an order of priority and notify you when to start scheduled and repetitive tasks – a great idea for those who live under the impression that it’s missing something.

3. You may try to give up. Make a public commitment.

“I solemnly swear to finish this task at 5pm.” This is not exactly what you need to do, but it’s something like that. If you make a commitment only to yourself, no one will know if you don’t fulfill it. So tell your to-do in a loud tone to your leader or some colleague you admire. With vanity at stake, you may even be late, but it won’t be for lack of will – and that’s a big step to becoming the more productive person you have ever known.


Make a conversation with your teacher.

1.What do you think is the purpose of having a deadline at a task from work / school?
2.What are the preparations that you can do, to avoid passing the task past the deadline?
3.What are the attitudes and behaviors that you should have, to avoid passing the task past the deadline?