New Year, New Beginnings


On Tuesday this week, I had my first lesson of the new year after the Christmas break. I wanted to do a session where the students would reflect and make resolutions.

I had some wordles(I prepared them for another lesson but hadn’t used) with quotes and proverbs on learning, motivation and acieving goals. I put the students in pairs and asked them to unjumble the sentences. I also gave  a post-it note for each pair and told them to write the unjumbled sentences.

While students working I walked and monitored them and help them to work out. Once they finished, I gave them another post-it note to write an explanation of their proverb or quote and finally I gave them another post-it note and told them to find a motto.

When they finished, they read all they’d done to their classmates and we put the wordles with post-it notes on them on the walls. one of the students said how different and colourful a language classroom is fromthe other ones.



Then in the second phase of the lesson I told them to create their ‘New Year, New Beginnings‘ posters.

I told them to include the followings on their poster:

  • best year in their life (explaining what made that year special)
  • important events/moments of 2011 (for them)
  • lessons learned in 2011
  • regrets (if there are any)
  • New Year’s resolutions
  • expectations


6 Comments on New Year, New Beginnings

  1. David Warr
    January 13, 2012 at 5:12 am (5 years ago)

    A lovely comment, how different your language class is from other subjects!

  2. Sharon
    January 13, 2012 at 8:13 am (5 years ago)

    Lunar New Year is a few days away here in Korea. I also plan on using a worksheet about goals and such. I think it’s fun to be able to talk to students in small groups and see what their plans are for the upcoming year.

  3. Ellen
    January 13, 2012 at 8:32 am (5 years ago)

    That is a great back-to-school self-awareness activity. I also started classes this week after a three week break, but with a different activity that helped me reflect on my students’ situation and how they view school. I share it here:

    You’re off to a great 2012!

  4. Cat Bethune (@escocesa_madrid)
    January 15, 2012 at 2:31 pm (5 years ago)

    I love the idea of students sharing their reactions to the proverbs – a lovely activity to introduce the idea of New Year Resolutions!


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