ESL New Year Resolutions Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kim-Kathie Knudsen

Kim-Kathie has taught high school and college Spanish and has worked as a professional development specialist and instructional technology administrator. She has a master's degree in Teaching and Curriculum and is currently working on her doctorate in Educational Leadership.

This lesson provides an overview of New Year's resolutions to use with younger ESL (English as a Second Language) learners. Students will learn about New Year's resolutions and complete an activity to make their own.

Learning Objective

After completing this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Talk about the New Year's holiday using appropriate vocabulary and phrases.
  • Explain what a New Year's resolution is.
  • Make a New Year's resolution.

Length of Lesson

45-60 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Report on a topic or text or present an opinion, sequencing ideas logically and using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.


Pose and respond to specific questions by making comments that contribute to the discussion and elaborate on the remarks of others.

Vocabulary and Phrases

  • New Year's Eve
  • New Year's Day
  • Celebration
  • Party
  • Countdown
  • Resolution

Materials Needed

  • Computer or tablet with Internet access and updated Internet browser
  • Computer with LCD to project the lesson
  • Images of a New Year's Eve party, Times Square Ball Drop
  • Paper and pen
  • Calendar of December and January


  • Celebrations
  • Resolutions
  • New Year's Eve
  • Party
  • New Year's Day
  • Countdown

Starter Activity

Project the image of a party on the computer screen. Ask students:

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