Making Predictions - ESL EFL Activities, Worksheets and Games
ESL EFL Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes
In this imaginative teaching activity, students create horoscopes for their classmates using the modal verb 'will' to talk about predictions. The class is divided into pairs and each pair is given a copy of the worksheet. The students write short horoscopes for all the signs of the Zodiac with predictions for the following day or weekend using the modal verb 'will'. Students write predictions about health, money, family, friends, free time, love, luck and travel. When everyone has finished writing, the students display their horoscopes on the classroom wall. Each student then goes round the classroom, reading the predictions for their sign and making notes about the predictions. The next day or the next week, students re-read their notes about the predictions and tell the class about which predictions were true.
ESL EFL Matching Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes
In this engaging group activity, students play a game of dominoes by matching predictions to situations using ‘going to’. After pre-teaching or revising the use of ‘going to’ to predict the future based on present evidence, the students are divided into groups of three and given a set of dominoes. The students then play a game of dominoes where they match predictions to situations and vice versa. The first player puts a domino down either before or after the card on the table, making sure their situation or prediction matches with what’s on the card. Play then passes to the next student and so on. The first player to get rid of all their dominoes wins the game. The other players continue to put down their dominoes, as when all the dominoes have been matched they form a loop of situations and predictions.
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Predicting the Future
ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes
Here is a teaching activity to help students learn how to make and give predictions using the modal verb 'will'. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students think for a few minutes about their partner's future. They then put a tick or cross next to each prediction on their worksheet. If they put a tick, they write down a reason for the prediction at the bottom of the page. After that, they give the predictions to their partner.
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In Twenty Years...
ESL EFL Reading and Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes
In this enjoyable reading and writing activity, students make predictions about their classmates using ‘will’. Students sit in a circle in groups of 11 or 12. The students are told that they are going to practice writing predictions about their classmates using ‘will’. Each student is given a worksheet containing headings for predictions, e.g. home, job, marital status, etc. The students then write a prediction for each heading. Each time a student completes a prediction, they fold the paper so their sentence is hidden and pass it to the student on their right. This process continues until the worksheet has been completed. When the last sentence has been written, the students give the paper back to the person whose name is at the top of the worksheet. The students correct any mistakes they find and then read their predictions to the group. They discuss the predictions and decide who will have the most interesting life.
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ESL EFL Speaking and Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate - 35 Minutes
In this fun activity, students make predictions about their classmates’ future based on present observations. Each student draws the name of a classmate from an envelope. The person whose name is on the paper will be the subject of the prediction. Students write a prediction about their subject giving a reason for their prediction. The students then pair up and give their predictions using the modal verb 'will'. Every time they talk to another student. Students must give their prediction and then listen and write the other student’s prediction. However, they cannot say who the prediction is about. Then, they try to guess who the predictor is talking about and they write their guess on the worksheet. After that, they pair up with another student and so on. When everyone has heard all the predictions, they find out how many of their guesses were correct.
Shot in the Dark
ESL EFL Speaking and Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes
In this insightful teaching activity, students make predictions about their classmates using the future perfect and future continuous. Each student is handed a copy of the worksheet. Students begin by putting the verbs in each sentence on their worksheet into the future perfect or future continuous tense. After the answers have been checked, students write the name of a classmate at the beginning of each statement that they believe the statement would be true for. The students then go round the class asking and answering questions to find out if their sentences are true or are likely to be true. When they have finished, students share what they found out with the class. The winner is the student who guessed the most correct sentences.
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Thinking about the Future
ESL EFL Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate - 15 Minutes
This enjoyable writing activity is perfect for teaching students how to make sentences predicting the future. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students complete predictions about their own future using 'will' in the future simple and the future continuous tense. Then they compare their answers with their classmates.
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Dice of Prediction Board Game
ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 30 Minutes
In this enjoyable board game, students practice making predictions about the future using will, will probably, might, the future perfect, the future continuous, and future time expressions. The class is divided into groups of three or four. Each group is given a dice, a copy of the game board and counters. The students then take turns throwing the dice and moving their counter along the board. When a student lands on a topic square, they make a sentence about the topic, according to the number on the dice and its corresponding future form, e.g. if the student rolls ‘1’, they make a prediction with ‘will’. If they roll ‘2’, they make a prediction in the future perfect tense, etc. For example, if the student rolls ‘1’ and lands on ‘jobs/work’, the student might say: I think people will work less in the future. If the sentence is correct, the student stays on the square. If a student makes a mistake or cannot think of a sentence, they go back to their previous square. The first student to reach the finish square wins the game.
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