improve your English this year

How to keep your new year’s resolution and improve your English this year

If you are like me, then you start every year with a plan to achieve something amazing!

For a lot of my students, that ‘something amazing’ is to improve their English. They want to be able to use real English and communicate with confidence. But it can be difficult to hold on to that new year’s resolution. Life gets busy, jobs get in the way, the months start to fly past and then another year is over. Does that happen to you?!

What you need is an ENGLISH CALENDAR!

Some of it might seem a bit scary but no harm can come from trying! You can do it to whatever level you are. In other words, if you are a beginner, just keep it simple but if you are advanced, then really push yourself with each task. If you click on the links, they will give you more support for those tasks.

JANUARY Find the lyrics for your favourite English song and sing along until you know it!
FEBRUARY Write a paragraph about your hometown and its location
MARCH Email a travel agency requesting a brochure on your favourite areas to visit
APRIL Find a podcast on a topic you like and listen as often as you can this month
MAY Plan a train journey using the national rail website
JUNE Join a forum and add your own comments to the discussion
JULY Contact an English college asking for details about a course you like the look of
AUGUST Keep an English journal for the month. Describe what you did each day
SEPTEMBER Choose an English book to read – I often recommend ‘Holes’ by Louis Sachar
OCTOBER Research the best interest rates on savings accounts
NOVEMBER Write a postcard telling ‘an English friend’ what is happening in your life
DECEMBER Send a Christmas text message to somebody 

It’s that simple! If you follow the calendar each month, you WILL improve your English. Give it a try – No excuses this year 🙂

Do you want to save the calendar somewhere handy, or pin it? Here you go:

Tips to improve your English this year

And feel free to share it with your friends and family of course. Learning a language can feel overwhelming by yourself so why not tackle this calendar together?!

QUESTION: Which month are you most excited about trying? Scroll down and leave me a comment 🙂



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Nicki is a Cambridge qualified, experienced English teacher for foreign learners. She loves helping English learners to learn real English and communicate with confidence!

6 thoughts on “How to keep your new year’s resolution and improve your English this year

    1. Great to hear Krueyok! I hope it helps you to keep your English learning on track for the year ahead 🙂

  1. This is cool. Some of these will be scary to do, but I’ll try. The first one is easy!

  2. I really like the idea of having monthly tasks! I’m determined to stick to my resolution this year!

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