New Year Lesson Plan

New Year Lesson Plan

Level: intermediate

Note: the lesson plan is designed for online English classes. The idea is the teacher sharing their screen with the student(s) and using the plan for class work (alternatively, the teacher can share the link with the student(s), and the webpage would be opened on two (or more) different computers). This should be pretty much like a textbook page.

1. Warm-up

Answer the questions:

  • How do you usually celebrate New Year?
  • How did you do it last year?
  • How are you going to celebrate it this time?
  • When is New Year’s Day? Do you think it’s the same all over the world?

Check your answer to the last question:


Chinese New Year is the first day of the lunar calendar. The holiday normally falls between January 20 and February 20.

Cambodian New Year is celebrated on April 13 or April 14.

The Old New Year in Serbia is commonly called the Serbian New Year, celebrated on January 14 as the start of the New Year by the Julian calendar.

Note: In fact, there are more countries where New Year is celebrated not on January 1. More information on them is here.

2. Listening

Listen to a woman talking about Chinese New Year. Are the statements below true or false? Correct the false ones.

  1. New Year takes place in early January.
  2. Just before New Year, people clean their houses to sweep away bad luck.
  3. Some people put up red decorations to frighten away bad luck.
  4. The traditional New Year’s Eve dinner is Peking duck.
  5. People usually spend New Year’s Eve with their friends.
  6. On New Year’s Eve people stay in and watch television.
  7. At midnight on New Year’s Eve people set off fireworks and firecrackers.

The tapescript is here.

The audio file origin: (Macmillan) New Inside Out intermediate student’s book

Happy New Year!

Match the phrasal verbs in bold with their meanings (see the verbs in the 7 sentences above):

  1. to remain in your home for some time
  2. to completely remove something
  3. to make something explode
  4. to make sb./sth. so scared they run away
  5. to fix sth. onto an upright structure

Answer the questions:

  • Do you put up any decorations before New Year? If so, what are they? Do they have any special meaning?
  • Do you believe that bad luck can be frightened away? Do you have any lucky charm?
  • Do you like to stay in on New Year’s Eve? Why/why not?
  • Are there any special New Year traditions in your country?

Look at the pictures below. What do all the things have in common?

Why do some people believe certain objects have a special power? Which things are believed to bring good and bad luck in your country?

Read the text below. What is it?

a) a letter

b) a New Year’s resolution

c) a will

This year I’m not going to rely on lucky charms. Instead, I’ll take my destiny in my own hands. I’ll start by trying to keep my flat clean. I’ll do my best to declutter (get rid of things I don’t need) my home and free some space for new things. Then, I’ll move on to new experiences. I’ll try to travel more, meet new people and never look back (think about the past). I’ll also make sure I spend more time with my loved ones and do things I like.

  • Do you ever make New Year’s resolutions? Do you think they work?
  • What may be good about making resolutions and what may be bad?

Homework: write an opinion essay on pros and cons of making resolutions. Use 200-250 words.

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