I love new beginnings, and you?
Today is the last summer day, and a lot of new classes and courses are starting on September 1st. All these lessons are the chances of the new beginnings.
There are actually 2 kinds of things you can do at your first class: talk about the past (in case you are meeting your students after a break) and talk about the future (works well both for you new and “old” students).
The future tasks could be anything to do with needs analysis and the learning plans:
(I usually prefer to put the phrases onto Post-its and just ask the students to comment on them):
This year I’d like to focus on … (English grammar, reading, time management)
By this time next year I hope to be able to (take part in negotiations in English, travel as much as I want, etc)
To focus on the English course aims you can use this questionnaire:
The past tasks:
The best point of my vacation/ the most fabulous thing about my holiday was…(seeing the volcano, getting married, white water kayaking, etc)
I was very lucky to (see the Northern Lights, to talk to a native English speaker, etc)
I wish I had more time to…(stay at that island, spend with my family, read in English…)
During the break I learned to… (cook sushi, drive, dance sirtaki)
As for my English,.. (I used it a lot when I was travelling/ unfortunately I forgot it/ etc…)