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How to learn more English: An English action plan

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In this lesson learners create their own language-learning action plan.

Katherine Bilsborough

A lot of people make resolutions at the beginning of a new year and January is a good time for language learners to think about what they can do to maximise their learning in the year ahead.

The lesson starts with a brainstorming activity involving the whole class. Learners are guided to notice how language practice can be divided into distinct skills and given an opportunity to come up with creative ideas for practising English. Learners read a model of one student's action plan for learning English in the year ahead. At this point learners understand how even small English habits can form part of a more elaborate learning plan and that there are many fun activities they can do to improve their English. They also start to think about how a language-learning plan can be linked to other hobbies and interests.

The lesson finishes with learners making their own action plan for the year ahead.


  • To share ideas about how to learn more English
  • To encourage learner autonomy
  • To practise going to + verb
  • To create a personalised English Action Plan


Older primary (10–11 years)


CEFR level A2 and above


45 minutes approximately


The lesson plan and worksheet can be downloaded in PDF format below. 

Language level
Language Level: 
Primary level 2