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Future Forms - ESL EFL Teaching Resources

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. 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 ask their partner 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.

Are you going to.PDF

 

Chairs of the Future

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

This activity is useful for reviewing the three future forms: present continuous, going to and will. Three chairs are put at the front of the class and labelled with the three future forms. The students come up one by one, sit on one of the chairs, and make a sentence about the future. The students are then asked concept questions to make sure they are sitting in the correct chair.

Chairs of the Future.PDF

 

Find Someone Who...

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

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

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To be going to

ESL EFL Lesson - Elementary - 1 Hour

This informative three-page lesson is great for teaching future forms. To begin the lesson, students make sentences about their own future using 'going to'. After that, the students are given a grammar explanation and shown examples of the 'going to' structure. This is followed by two writing activities.

To be going to.PDF

 Future Forms ESL Teaching Resources

What's in the bag?

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

Here is a simple speaking activity for your students to practice talking about future arrangements using 'going to'. The students sit in a circle and pass a bag around from student to student. The student who receives the bag has to look inside and then reply to a question from the other student. The student who has just passed the bag invents something that could be in the bag and asks 'Why have you got a ... in your bag?' The student with the bag then has to quickly think of an appropriate reply using 'I'm going to...' Students are out of the game if they can’t think of an appropriate reason or they take too long to reply.

What's in the bag.PDF

 

Will

ESL EFL Lesson - Elementary - 45 Minutes

Here is a quick lesson to teach your students how to use the future form 'will'. To start the lesson, there is a grammar explanation with examples. After that, students undertake a matching activity to practice the different functions of 'will'. This is followed by a writing activity.

Will.PDF

 

Will - Predicting the Future

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

Students practice making and giving predictions in this teaching activity. Students think for a few minutes about their partner's future. Then, they put a tick or cross next to each prediction on their worksheet. If they put a tick, they must write down a reason for the prediction at the bottom of the page. After that, they tell the predictions to their partner. 

Will - Predicting the Future.PDF

 

A Week in my Country

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 40 Minutes

In this productive activity, students use future forms to plan and discuss a holiday itinerary. Students work in small groups. They imagine they have invited some English-speaking friends to spend a week in their country. They discuss and decide on a holiday itinerary for themselves and their English-speaking friends. The students complete a plan for the whole week, including where they will go, what they will do and see, what they will eat, etc. When they have finished, the students present their plans to the class using future forms.

A Week in my Country.PDF

 

Cards of the Future

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 45 Minutes

This enjoyable card game is useful for teaching students how to distinguish between the different future forms. The students are divided into small groups. The groups are given a set of future form cards and question cards. The group members take it in turns to pick up a question card and decide which future form card would be the most suitable match for the question (e.g. prediction, decision, future arrangement, etc.). The student then asks questions using the phrase on the question card and the correct future form. When all the question cards have been used, each group writes three new questions for each future form and gives the nine questions to another group to answer.

Cards of the Future.PDF

 

Day Tripper

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

In this fun exercise, 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.

Day Tripper.PDF

 

Future Board Game

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

Here is an entertaining board game to get your students talking about the future using 'going to', 'will', 'won't' and 'would like to'. Students play in small groups of three or four. The players take turns throwing a dice. When they land on a future square, they must speak about the topic for thirty seconds using the correct future form. In the event that a player can't come up with anything to say, makes a grammar mistake or if they stop talking before the time limit is up, that player has to move back to their original square. The player who gets to the finish square first is the winner.

Future Board Game.PDF

Going to or Will?

ESL EFL Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes

Teach or review 'going to' and 'will' with this compelling writing task. The activity teaches students how we use 'will' for offers, promises, unplanned decisions, the first conditional, predictions and opinions. It also teaches them that we use 'going to' for future plans. Students work individually. Each student is given a gap-fill worksheet. First, students read each sentence and decide what is happening, e.g. an unplanned decision, an offer, a plan, etc. Then, the students complete sentences using 'going to' or 'will'. An answer key is provided.

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Guess what I'm going to do.

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 20 Minutes

In this entertaining activity, students guess what their partner is going to do. 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 activity is the winner.

Guess what I'm going to do.PDF

 

Life in the Year 2050

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 40 Minutes

In this teaching activity, students choose a word or expression of probability to complete a range of statements about life in the year 2050. When they have finished, the students work in small groups. The students tell each other what they have written for each statement, giving the reasons for their answers. They discuss any differences of opinion and come to a consensus for each point. When they have reached an agreement, each student writes yes or no in the second column of their worksheet, depending on whether the group agrees with their original opinion or not. After that, each group shares their ideas with the whole class.

Life in the Year 2050.PDF

 

New Year's Resolutions

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

In this practical worksheet, students complete information about their New Year's resolutions using the future form 'will'. Each student is given a worksheet. On the worksheet is a set of questions for them to answer about their New Year's resolution. After completing the questions, the students join together in small groups. They take it in turn to tell their classmates about their New Year's resolution. The other group members listen and try to give advice to them to help them reach their goal.

New Year's Resolutions.PDF 

 

Next Week

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

In this communicative speaking task, 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 to go round 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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Predictor

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. 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.

Predictor.PDF

 

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. 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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Talking about the Future

ESL EFL Lesson - Pre-intermediate - 1 Hour

Here is a noteworthy lesson from the British Council. This lesson provides students with free speaking practice discussing various aspects of their future life. The lesson begins with an open discussion to introduce the future forms. Students then match situations to future grammar forms. This helps to introduce four ways of talking about the future. Students then repeat the discussion using the most appropriate future form. After that, students tell the class about their partner. Finally, there is a grammar auction activity. The lesson comes with detailed teacher's notes.

Talking about the Future.PDF

 

The Long Weekend

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

In this teaching activity, students use the present continuous tense 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. The students then 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 round the class making arrangements. 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 some feedback to the class about their plans.

The Long Weekend.PDF

 

Thinking about the Future

ESL EFL Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate - 10 Minutes

This appealing worksheet is perfect for teaching students how to complete sentences using different future forms. Students complete sentences about their own future and then compare their answers with their classmates.

Thinking about the Future.PDF

 

You're going to...

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

Students mime the actions leading up to something they are going to do in this amusing teaching activity. Students are given mime cards. They mime the actions they would do in preparation for the action marked on the card. However, the students stop just before the action and ask the class 'What am I going to do?' Teams watch the mime and try to guess what the student is going to do.

You're going to.PDF

 

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#5 Admin 2015-05-07 10:31
Thanks Ulziimaa and Mohi. We appreciate your kind words a lot.
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#4 Ulziimaa 2015-04-26 09:15
Thank you so much again
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#3 Mohi 2015-04-14 20:15
Once again thank you for all your wonderful worksheets and activities. I'm surprised I found so many of them here and I didn't know about before!!
Thanks for sharing,
Mohi
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#2 Admin 2015-03-06 13:47
Hi Giorgia,

Yes, the two books we offer are full of fun and imaginative teaching resources and games similar to the ones you have been using. We suggest buying the library. It's only $29.99 and you get all the teaching activities we have ever created, including the two books.
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#1 Giorgia Memo 2015-03-06 08:21
I wanted to thank you very much for the exercises you decided to share.
I have recently used the ones on the use of the present perfect and have found them very useful and fun!!
I have just printed those on the future tenses and will be using them shortly.
I am considering buying the book but I have not looked into that well yet. Are there sample pages? Does it contain games along these lines?
Thanks a lot, again.
Giorgia
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