Are your students setting New Year’s goals this month? Why not challenge them to come up with a Word of the Year instead? You can use this month’s grammar target, Modals of Possibility, to talk about possibilities in the future that relate to the words your students choose.
Sprout English’s featured Fun Grammar Lesson on Modals of Possibility is a simple introduction to these common modals. After you use this ready-made lesson, try this follow-up listening activity. Then challenge your students to choose their own Word of the Year and practice using might, could, and may in relation to their words.
Play the recording of Word of the Year: Modals of Possibility in class, or have your students listen to it for homework.
My Word of the Year
Hello. I am Tara. Every January, I pick a new Word of the Year. Last year, my word was Change. This year, my word is Community.
I moved to a new city last year. It was a big change! Now I want to get to know it better. There are a few things I might do to become part of my community.
I might volunteer at the hospital or at the library. I could start a games night and invite my neighbors. We might play cards, darts, or badminton. I could also join a club or take a fitness class. I may even start my own writing club. I might not have time to do all of these things.
I also need a new doctor. I may not get one right away. I might ask my new friend Jen for recommendations. She might know a good hairdresser too.
I look forward to becoming a member of my new community this year. What’s your Word of the Year?
Are your students familiar with the following vocabulary? You can challenge your students to spell and pronounce the following vocabulary correctly.
- fitness class
Here are some questions you can ask your students after they listen to the story.
1. What was the speaker’s Word of the Year last year? What is it this year?
2. Why did the speaker choose this year’s Word of the Year?
3. What new things could the speaker do this year? Name at least three things.
Follow-Up Writing and Speaking Practice
Invite your students to choose a Word of the Year. They should think of why they picked this word. Then encourage them to use modals of possibility (may, might, could, may not, might not) to describe at least three things they might/might not do this year that relate to their word. Now challenge them to write a transcript and record or read their story out loud to the class. The rest of the class can answer the questions above.
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