Monday, 05 December 2016

Future Plans, Arrangements and Intentions - ESL EFL Activities, Worksheets and Games

Are you going to...?

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 35 Minutes

In this intriguing teaching activity, students ask and answer questions about their future plans using 'going to'. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students read each question in the first column on their worksheet and then write a follow-up question using 'going to'. When everyone has finished writing their follow-up questions, the students are split into pairs. Students then take it in turns to ask their partner about their future plans using the questions on their worksheet. When a partner answers 'Yes, I am' to a question, the student puts a tick and asks his or her follow-up question. When they have finished interviewing each other, students tell the rest of the class about their partner's future plans.

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Find Someone Who...

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

This engaging speaking activity helps students to practice the 'present continuous' and 'going to' for future plans and arrangements. Students ask a range of 'Are you verb+ing/going to...?' questions from a worksheet. Every time a classmate responds with 'Yes, I am', the student writes down their name in the corresponding column of their worksheet and asks a follow-up question to gain more information.

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Summer School Fair

ESL EFL Speaking and Writing Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

In this fun teaching activity, students practice asking and answering questions about future arrangements using the present continuous. The class is divided into pairs. Each student is given a diary of their plans for next week. Both students have four free periods in their diary. The students are told that it's the start of the summer holidays. However, their teacher has asked some students to help prepare for a summer school fair. To help decide which students will help the teacher, the students play a game where they have to find all their partner’s free periods. The students do this by taking it in turns to ask their partner about his/her plans for next week using the present continuous, e.g. What are you doing on Wednesday afternoon? The students write their partner's response in a blank diary on their worksheet. The first person to find all their partner’s free periods wins. The loser has to spend his/her free time with the other students helping the teacher prepare for the school fair!

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What's in the bag?

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

This simple speaking activity helps students practice using 'going to' for future plans. The students sit in a circle and pass a bag to each other. The student who receives the bag has to look inside and then reply to a question from another student. The student who passed the bag invents something unusual or bizarre that could be inside and asks, e.g. Why have you got a monkey in your bag?' The student then has to quickly think of an appropriate reply using 'going to' for future plans. Students are out of the game if they can’t think of an appropriate reason or they take too long to reply.

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Day Tripper

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

In this fun activity, students use the future continuous tense to ask and answer questions about a planned day trip. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students look at the teacher's timetable for a day trip next Saturday. Students then test the teacher's memory of the timetable by asking questions using the future continuous tense. e.g. What will you be doing at half past one on Saturday? After that, each student prepares their own timetable for a day trip. The class is then split into pairs. The students swap timetables and ask questions to test each other’s memory using the future continuous tense. The winners are the students who answer all the questions correctly.

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Future Arrangements Card Game

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

In this noteworthy speaking activity, students play a card game where they practice talking about future arrangements using the present continuous tense. The aim of the game is to say as many present continuous sentences as possible within a thirty-second time frame. The class is divided into groups of three or four. Each group is given a set of cards which they place in a pile face down on the desk. The first student picks up a card and lays it on the table for everyone to see. The student then talks for thirty seconds about the future arrangement on the card using the present continuous. The first sentence the student says must use the verb in bold on the card and must follow the topic. Students must also use a different verb in each sentence they make. For example, if the student’s card reads ‘get up early’, the student might say “I’m getting up early tomorrow. I’m meeting my friend Joe at 7 a.m. We are going cycling.” Students win one point for each present continuous sentence they make within the thirty-second time frame. So in the example, the student would score three points. Then the next student picks up a card and so on. The student with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.

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I'm going to improve my English

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

In this group activity, students discuss ways to improve their English and practice using ‘going to’ for future intentions. The students are divided into groups of four and each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students discuss and brainstorm how they could improve their English in six categories, e.g. speaking, grammar, etc. The group then chooses the best three ideas for each category and each student notes these down on their worksheet. Working alone, the students choose six things that they are going to do to improve their English, e.g. I’m going to speak English for one hour a day. When the students have finished, they pair up with someone from another group. The pairs of students compare their ideas and give reasons for their choices.

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Next Week

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

In this communicative speaking activity, students make and arrange plans for things to do next week. This activity teaches students to use the present continuous tense to talk about definite arrangements in the future. It also teaches the students language for talking about leisure activities. Each student thinks of ten leisure activities they would like to do and writes them down in the diary on their worksheet. When they have done that, they go around the class and find someone who is free to do each of the activities with them. When two students have agreed to do an activity together, they write one another’s names and the time they have arranged to meet in the relevant place in their diaries. The students repeat the activity until they have found someone for each leisure activity. When everyone has finished, students tell the class about their plans for next week using the present continuous for future arrangements.

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Planning a Party

ESL EFL Speaking and Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

In this enjoyable group activity, students practice using 'going to' to talk about future plans. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students begin by matching vocabulary to questions about planning a party. When the students have finished, the class is split into small groups. The groups are told to plan a party by answering the questions on the worksheet and by using the vocabulary from the first exercise. The teacher also tells each group how much they can spend on their party. The groups then answer each question using ‘going to’ to talk about future plans. When they are ready, the groups present their party information to the class. The class then votes for the best party idea.

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The Explanation Game

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes

This fast-paced board game is perfect for reviewing ‘going to’ and the present continuous for future plans and arrangements. The class is split into groups of three or four. Each group is given a copy of the game board, a dice and counters. Students take it in turns to roll the dice and move their counter along the board. When a student lands on a square, they read the sentence or phrase and invent an ending by explaining their future plans or arrangements to the group using 'going to' or the present continuous, e.g. I don’t have much money so I’m going to get a part-time job at the mall. If you want to make the game harder, tell the students that they must talk for 30 seconds so they produce a number of sentences based on the situation or topic. The other students in the group judge the student’s explanation and use of future forms. If the response is appropriate, the student stays on the square. If a student makes a mistake or cannot think of an explanation, they go back to their previous square. The first student to reach the finish square wins the game.

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The Long Weekend

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

In this teaching activity, students use the present continuous to talk about definite plans in the future. Students also practice making arrangements, inviting, accepting and refusing. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet and told that there is a long weekend coming up. The students choose seven activities to do over the long weekend and write the activities into a calendar on their worksheet. When they have finished, students try to find a partner for each activity. They must also get involved in other activities and try to fill up their calendar. Students walk around the class making arrangements with each other. They practice inviting other students to do things as well as practice accepting and refusing invitations. The students who manage to fill up their entire calendar are the winners. After the students have completed the task, they give feedback to the class about their future plans using the present continuous.

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What am I going to do?

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 20 Minutes

In this entertaining card game, students guess what their partner is going to do in the future. The class is split into pairs and each pair is given a set of cards. The first student picks up a card and tells their partner one thing they are going to do to prepare, before they start doing the planned activity on the card. Their partner tries to guess what they are going to do. If their partner is wrong, the student gives them another clue. The first student can give up to three clues. If their partner guesses correctly, they keep the card. If not, the first student keeps the card. Then, they switch roles and continue with a new activity card. The student with the most cards at the end of the game is the winner.

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You're going to...

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

In this amusing game, students mime the actions leading up to a planned activity. Teams watch their mime and try to guess what they are going to do. The class is divided into two teams (A and B). A player from one team comes to the front of the class and is given a card. The player mimes the actions they would do in preparation for the planned activity marked on the card, but they don't do the activity itself. Instead, they stop just before and say, "What am I going to do?" The player's team then consults before answering using the phrase 'You're going to...' for future plans. If the team answers correctly, they score two points. If the player's team gives the wrong answer, the other team is allowed to guess for one point. Then a player from the other team comes to the front of the class and so on. The team with the highest score at the end of the game wins.

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Related Future Form Activities: Future Simple for Offers, Promises and Decisions  /  Future Simple for Predictions  /  Mixed Future Forms  /  Zero and First Conditional  /  Modal Verbs of Possibility, Probability, Certainty

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