New Year’s Resolutions: Myth or reality?

Topics: General English – New Year’s resolutions – changes - challenges

Level: B1+ and above.

Skills: Speaking, Listening and Reading.


Aims:

  • To discuss the meaning of New Year’s resolutions.

  • To discuss the role of New Year’s resolutions in students’ cultures and lives.

  • To make new resolutions and talk about past resolutions.

  • To predict some information before watching a video.

  • To listen for gist and detail.

  • To analyze the purpose of the video.

  • To express opinion.

  • To read for gist and detail.

  • To reflect on their own resolutions and how “SMART” they are.


Use of language and lexis:

  • To use different tenses to talk about their past and current experiences.

  • To learn / review structures to express wishes and desires: I wish + simple past, I need to…, I’ve always wanted to ...

  • To learn / review verbs that collocate with the noun “resolution”.

  • To learn / review phrasal verbs and vocabulary that the speaker uses to talk about this topic.

  • To review vocabulary to express opinion and feelings.



Link to TedTalk: https://www.ted.com/talks/matt_cutts_try_something_new_for_30_days/transcript?language=es


Link to Time article: https://time.com/6125635/new-years-resolution-2022-help-others/ (Image from exercise 2)


Link to New York Times article:https://www.nytimes.com/guides/smarterliving/resolution-ideas (Reading excerpt in exercise 13)


Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash


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