Happy New Year from the MEC Team!


In keeping with the season why not teach your students ‘Auld Lang Syne’, the song sung at the stroke of midnight in almost every English- speaking country in the world in the New Year.

Auld Lang Syne

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and days of auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet
For auld lang syne

Auld Lang Syne was originally a poem by the Scottish poet Robert Burns which was later set to the tune of a popular folk song.  The song’s title is Scottish; can your students guess what the mysterious ‘Auld Lang Syne’ is?

Answer– The good old days

For the braver classes out there- can you persuade your students to link arms and sing along?!

(watch up to 1 min 20)

New Year’s Resolutions– It’s also the time of the year for vowing to lose half your body weight and become brilliant at managing your money.

Discussion– What, if any, New Year’s resolutions have your students made?  Are they good at keeping them?

Finally, students predict, in pairs, what are the ten most commonly made resolutions.

1.    Getting fit
2.    Eating 5-a-day
3.    Dieting
4.    Giving up smoking
5.    Giving up alcohol
6.    Giving up chocolates/crisps/sweets
7.    Drinking 8 glasses of water
8.    Taking packed lunches to work
9.    Spending more time with the family
10.    Being more organized


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