Future Simple for Offers, Promises and Decisions - ESL EFL Activities, Worksheets and Games
ESL EFL Matching Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes
In this engaging group activity, students play a game of dominoes to practice ‘will’ for spontaneous decisions and offers. In the activity, students match statements and questions to spontaneous decisions and offers with ‘will’ and vice-versa. The students are divided into groups of three and each group is given a set of dominoes. The students shuffle the dominoes and deal out six dominoes each, leaving the rest in a pile, face down. The students then turn over the top card from the pile and place it face up on the table. The first player puts a domino down either before or after the domino on the table, making sure the statement or question matches with an appropriate decision or offer. Play then passes to the next student and so on. If a player cannot put down one of their dominoes, they take a domino from the top of the pile and put it down if they can. If there are no dominoes left in the pile, play passes to the next student. The first player to get rid of all their dominoes wins the game.
ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes
In this fun group activity, students play a game to see how quickly they can make decisions. In the activity, students practice making spontaneous decisions with ‘will’ and giving reasons for their decisions. 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. Students take it in turns to pick up a card and read the situation and question to the other group members. The first student to respond by making a decision with ‘will’ and giving a reason for their decision gets three points. The other students then have a chance to get one point by making their own decision with ‘will’ and giving a reason. However, their response must be different from the first student. If the first student doesn’t form their response correctly, another group member can challenge the student and be the first person to answer. The game continues until all the cards have been used. The student with the most points at the end of the game is the winner. When the students have finished, there is a class feedback session to find out which questions were the most difficult to answer and why.
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Offers and Promises
ESL EFL Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes
In this enjoyable pairwork activity, students practice making offers and promises with: I’ll..., I won’t... and Shall I...? The class is divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. Student A starts by reading the first sentence on their worksheet to Student B. Student B looks at the words in the box on their worksheet and replies by making an offer or promise with: I’ll..., I won’t... or Shall I...? If the offer or request isn’t the same as what’s written on Student A’s worksheet, the student must try again until they get it right. If it’s the same, Student B writes the offer or request down on their worksheet. Student A then reads the next sentence and so on until all the offers and requests have been made correctly. Then the students swap roles.
Offer it up
ESL EFL Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes
In this pairwork activity, students guess missing words in sentences and questions that make offers with ‘will’ and ‘shall’. The students are divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. The sentences with gaps on their worksheet are where the students have to guess the missing words and the sentences without gaps are the ones their partner has to guess. The missing words contain ‘will’ as a contraction or ‘shall’ plus a verb. Student A starts by guessing the missing words in the first sentence. Student B replies with ‘Yes, that’s right’ or ‘Sorry, try again’ as appropriate. When a student has guessed the missing words, they write them on their worksheet. Student B then guesses the missing words in the second sentence and so on. When the students have finished, they compare their worksheets.
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Making Promises and Offers
ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 20 Minutes
In this entertaining speaking activity, students practice making promises with ‘will’ and ‘won’t’ and offers with ‘will’ and ‘Shall I...?’ Each student is given a situation card. The students go around the class and say their sentences to each other, e.g. I need to go to the airport. When a student listens to a situation, they respond with an offer of help or a promise to do something, e.g. I’ll call you a taxi. Students are also encouraged give funny or imaginative responses, e.g. I'll get your chauffeur. I'll take you there in my Ferrari, etc. When two students have practiced making an offer or promise to each other, they change partners. When everyone has finished, students tell the class about any funny or creative responses they had to their situation. Students can also do this activity in groups of three or four. Students take it in turns to read a situation card to the other members of the group. The student who gives the best or most imaginative promise or offer keeps the card. The student with the most cards at the end of the activity wins.
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New Year's Resolutions
ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes
This intriguing worksheet activity helps students practice using the future form 'will' for decisions. In the activity, students complete a set of statements by deciding what their New Year's resolutions will be and how to stick to them. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The worksheet contains a set of incomplete statements about New Year's resolutions. After completing the statements, the students join together in small groups. They take it in turns to tell each other about their New Year's resolutions. The other group members listen and try to give advice to each student to help them reach their goal.
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Related Future Form Activities: Mixed Future Forms / Future Plans, Arrangements and Intentions / Future Simple for Predictions / First Conditional / Modal Verbs of Possibility Probability and Certainty