Progressive English Language Goals and Projects

Language learning is a continuous journey, marked by milestones of increasing proficiency. Here are four specific goals English language learners can set, along with engaging projects to help achieve them:

Goal 1: Build basic conversational fluency. Students will be able to engage in simple everyday conversations, introducing themselves, asking and answering questions about personal information, and navigating basic social interactions.

  • Project: “Meet and Greet” Interviews: Students pair up and develop a list of interview questions about hobbies, interests, and family backgrounds. They conduct interviews to practice asking and responding in a comfortable setting. To add a challenge, have students report back to the class about what they learned about their partner.

Goal 2: Improve reading comprehension of short informational texts. Students will be able to read and understand simple articles, advertisements, or instructional materials, identifying the main ideas and key details.

  • Project: Scavenger Hunts + Instructions: The teacher hides objects around the classroom or school, with corresponding written clues. Clues can be simple (“Under the desk.”) or more complex, incorporating prepositions and descriptive vocabulary. Students work in teams to decipher clues and be the first to find items, putting their reading and comprehension skills to the test.

Goal 3: Write clear and grammatically correct paragraphs expressing opinions or describing experiences. Students will demonstrate control over basic sentence structures, verb tenses, and common vocabulary to express thoughts and experiences in written form.

  • Project: “My Story” Journal: Students keep a dedicated journal where they have prompts to write about their day, describe a favorite memory, or express an opinion on a light-hearted topic. The teacher provides targeted feedback on grammar and encourages the gradual increase of sentence complexity over time.

Goal 4: Gain confidence in delivering short presentations on familiar topics. Students will be able to gather information, organize ideas, and present them orally to a class audience using visual aids and basic presentation techniques.

  • Project: The “Show and Tell” Evolution: Start with simple “show and tell,” where students present a favorite object. As they progress, have them transition to mini-presentations on hobbies, interests, or research on a current event, incorporating visuals and a few prepared notes for guidance.

Remember, language acquisition is a process! These projects offer structured ways for learners to actively use English, gain confidence, and celebrate their progress along the way.