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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.


  • 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 Time article: (Image from exercise 2)

Link to New York Times article: (Reading excerpt in exercise 13)

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