1) Warm up in groups of four.
1. Do you make New Year resolutions? Why or why not? Explain why.
2. Why do you think people make New Year resolutions?
2) Pair discussion.
Traditional New Year resolutions such as quitting smoking have been replaced by modern life changes like __________and ___________, a study has revealed. (Jag skrev meningen på tavlan.)
Discuss which words you think are missing.
Correct answers: reading more, saving money
Surprised? Why/why not?
3) Show them examples of New Year resolutions and have them guess which are the seven most popular. Worksheet 1
Number them. First by themselves, then in pairs. Compare and discuss.
Answers: 1. Read more books; 2. Save more money; 3. Lose weight; 4. Redecorate my house; 5. Take better photos; 6. Go travelling; 7. Sell stuff I don't need on eBay
4) Short writing assignment. Show them this picture for a minute.
1. Write down the three first words that you see.
2. Reflect in writing (on your blog) on the first three words you saw and on 2014. Are the words things you wish for? Do you think they are important in your life? Would you have liked another word more? Why?
5) Listen to two listening exercises about people talking about New Year resolutions and then do the comprehension quiz and vocabulary quiz.
6) List five things you would like to accomplish in 2014. Explain why you chose these goals to accomplish and what you can do to achieve them.
Example: This year I’m going to save more money. I really want to buy a new phone. I’m going to write down all the money I spend every day. I’m not going to spend money on ...