If the end of the year is a time for looking back at what's happened in the previous twelve months, the beginning of the New Year is a time for looking forward and trying to predict what might happen in the months ahead. That is the subject of this cartoon by Chappatte from the International New York Times.
If you expect something, you think that it will happen. • We’re expecting good weather this weekend. • I didn't expect the Spanish Inquisition!
Get your students to make predictions for 2016 in categories such as Politics, Environment, Technology, Business, etc. This is a good opportunity to practice the use of 'will' for making predictions and can form the basis for meaningful classroom discussion. • I think Donald Trump will win the Republican nomination. • I don't think England will win the Euro 2016. • I agree.
• Chris Riddell cartoon (The Observer)
• New Year Cartoon Collection (The Cagle Post)
• 2016 Predictions (The Telegraph)
• What will happen in 2016? (The Guardian)
• Ten Predictions for 2016 (Aljazeera)
• Richard Engel Offers 10 Predictions for 2016 (NBC News)
• My 2016 Tech Predictions (TechCrunch)
• The 2016 Fortune Crystal Ball