5 Minutes Prep - 2 Hour Interactive Lesson!
The most common ESL classroom activity for the first class back after New Year’s is writing resolutions. It’s a great writing activity for beginner level classes, as they practice the future tense and can make for some fun reading if they are posted in the classroom.
“In 2013, I will lose 10 pounds.”
“In 2013, I will quit smoking.”
The only pitfall to watch out for is beginner level students confusing wishes or dreams or plans with resolutions. “In 2013, I will win the lottery,” for example, is not a resolution.
Psychic predictions, however, are another common New Year’s tradition and can also make for fun writing activity involving the future tense. Starting with psychic predictions could be a helpful way to illustrate the difference if resolution writing is then introduced later.
For intermediate ESL classes, you may be looking for something more challenging than writing resolutions. How about asking students to recall (or search for) the top news stories of 2012? This could involve a look at how headlines are usually written and some practice writing headlines. Once groups have chosen their top 5 stories, they can then debate the order in which they should place, from 1 to 5. Later, they can share their headlines with the whole class and see if they came up with the same ones.
I've made a worksheet for intermediate ESL that you are welcome to try out in your classroom. Click on the image below to view it large on your computer and print it out if you want.