1. What makes a good target?
To make good targets they need to be SMART!
S: Specific. Don’t make your goals too vague.
M: Measurable. You should be able to say if you’ve achieved it or not.
A: Achievable. Do you have the resources (or people) needed to achieve your goals? They should rely on you, and no one else!
R: Realistic. Is it possible to do? They shouldn’t be too simple or too challenging.
T: Time-based. Remember you only have so many days at British Hills! Use your time wisely.
❌ I want to ask 5 teachers a question.
This is not a good target. It might not be achievable. What if you don’t meet five teachers?
It’s also not specific enough. Asking questions is a good start, but it can sometimes feel like a job interview! It’s important that you ask questions that will encourage conversation. It’s also important to talk about yourself too.
❌ I want to speak with many British Hills teachers.
This is an OK target. It’s achievable and realistic, but it’s not measurable or specific enough! How will you know you’ve met the goal? Does replying to the teacher’s questions during class with one-word answers count as speaking? How will your monitor your progress? Your target needs more information.
✅ I want to use the class activities to learn new things about my classmates.
This is a great target! It’s specific (practise speaking English with my classmates). Measurable (did I do this for every class? Most classes? Only some classes?) Achievable (doesn’t rely on other people being available). Realistic (I can reach this goal even with a basic level of English). And it’s Time-based (I can achieve it within my stay at British Hills).
📝Now it’s time to write your own targets for the two goals. Be sure to write at least two in the boxes.