10 New Year’s Resolutions for Learning English

It is hard to believe but we have almost reached the end of another year, and that can only mean one thing: it is time to reflect and set some goals for the year to come.  Indeed, it is a tradition in the UK to make a list of New Year’s resolutions, which are about being better people and doing better in life. Typical promises include going to the gym, finding love, quitting smoking, being more charitable, getting a new job, spending more time with loved ones and learning or improving a foreign language.  Of course, these resolutions can be difficult to put into practice and are often long forgotten by the end of January.  Here at SGI, we understand how challenging language goals can be and we have therefore created a New Year resolution selector to help you on your way to a successful year of developing your knowledge and abilities in English.  All you need to do is select the most appropriate option (a, b or c) for you from each row to generate your ten resolutions.  Here we go:

In 2019, I will…

 

a

b

c

 

 

start

listening to a variety of English accents

keeping a list of all my spelling mistakes

 

 

a learning journal

 

stop

saying that I don’t speak English or my English isn’t good

 

relying on my dictionary too much

doing my homework five minutes before your lessons

 

remember

that learning a language is a process that takes time and effort

 

to listen to and ask for feedback from my teacher

 

that there isn’t one ‘correct’ accent in English

 

practice

doing something in English for 10 minutes every day

new vocabulary as much as possible to commit it to my long-term memory

translating a text from English into my first language and vice versa

 

 

try

using at least five new items of vocabulary every week

 

online English classes

to learn the phonemic script

 

make

a list of my common grammar errors and cross them off as I master them

 

a recording of my speaking to analyse

an effort to use a wide pitch range as this will improve my intonation

 

find

a grammar reference book/website I like and can use regularly

a friend who is also learning English and support each other’s journey

time to read in English for pleasure

 

take

time to check my writing for mistakes

a look at my previous work in English and evaluate my progress

 

regular breaks while studying

 

do

plenty of pronunciation practice

consider the role of body language and facial expressions in my interactions

regular speaking practice with a teacher or English-speaking friend

 

enjoy

reflecting on my progress

listening to songs in English

 

 

learning some slang and idiomatic expressions

 

Download [In 2019, I will…] in pdf format

S.L.L.

London New Year Week Course​

After many successful years, SGI London will again be running the New Year Week Course (27/12/2018 – 31/12/2018), an ideal programme for those busy students who want to use their holiday time over the Christmas period to both study English and also experience the festive spirit in London with SGI’s teacher-led visits and events.

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