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.

Katherine Bilsborough


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.

Age group:

Older Primary learners aged 10-11


CEF level A2 (Elementary and above)


Approximately 45 minutes


The lesson plan and student worksheet can be downloaded in PDF format

Language level
Language Level: 
Primary level 2

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