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Train your brain: How to keep your new year's resolutions

Course: Weekly lessons, Unit: Student reflection

  • 60 min
  • In class
  • Listening
  • B2
  • C1


Learning goals

  • Understand and respond to an authentic video on new year's resolutions
  • Review your personal goals and apply scientific ideas to help you meet them

Published by

EF Education First


Success criteria

  • Identify and evaluate some common new year's resolutions and goals
  • Correctly answer comprehension questions on an authentic video about the science of keeping resolutions
  • Develop and describe a plan for keeping a resolution

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Activities (12)

Introduction

Introduction

Recommendations

  • 2 mins
  • Class
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

No notes

 

Warm up

Warm up

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Pair, Group, Class
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to introduce the topic of new year's resolutions.

Conduct this activity as a poll. Once students have submitted their answers, send the results to the class and discuss them in pairs, groups, or as a class.

 

Lead in

Lead in

Recommendations

  • 4 mins
  • Pair, Group, Class
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to discuss what makes a good resolution. The purpose of this activity is to generate discussion. It is not important if students do not know the answers, as they will be given in the video.

 

Watch

Watch

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Watch the video and answer the questions in Main ideas.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to watch and understand a video explaining the science behind keeping new year's resolutions. It prepares students for the questions in Main ideas and Detail.

Students may need to watch the video more than once. If necessary, have students read the Main ideas questions before the first viewing.

 

Main ideas

Main ideas

Recommendations

  • 2 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to understand the main ideas from the video.

If necessary, have students read the options before watching the video. If necessary, explain how to listen for main ideas or have students read the reference material.

 

Language

Language

Recommendations

  • 4 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Match the definitions to the words and phrases.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to introduce students to the key language from the video.

This prepares students for the Practice activity.

Tell students not to use their dictionaries.

If necessary, explain how to guess the meaning of words from context or have students read the reference material.

 

Practice

Practice

Recommendations

  • 6 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Support activity


Student instructions

Fill in the gaps to complete the text, using the key language. You do not need to use all the words.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to practise the key language from the Language activity, introducing the words in a new context. It continues the theme of goals and psychology.

 

Comprehend

Comprehend

Recommendations

  • 7 mins
  • Individual, Group
  • Core activity


Student instructions

Watch the video again and answer the questions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to understand details from the video in Watch. Allow students to watch this again or play it in another window as they answer the questions.

Extension

Have the students work in groups to write a short summary of the video, then have all students read the summaries and vote on the best one.

 

Respond

Respond

Recommendations

  • 9 mins
  • Individual, Group
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to relate the topic of the video to students' own experiences and opinions, by reflecting on their successes and areas for further improvement.

Have students take notes on Question 1 and 2 individually, before presenting their ideas to a group.

If students have completed the lesson My goals for the year, have them review the learning goals that they set in that lesson and review the progress they have made with them.

 

Follow up

Follow up

Recommendations

  • 6 mins
  • Pair, Group, Class
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to allow students to envisage a situation in which they have achieved some of the goals that they have set for themselves.

 

Language extension

Language extension

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Challenge activity


Student instructions

Rewrite the sentences using the ... the ... comparatives. Use the reference material to help you.


Example:


As I make more money, I have more problems.


The more money I make, the more problems I have.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to allow students to envisage a situation in which they have achieved some of the goals that they have set for themselves.

 

Exit ticket

Exit ticket

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual
  • Core activity


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to review their work from the lesson.

Students can refer to their notes from the Respond activity and choose the same goal they presented to their group.

 
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