Sunday, 25 September 2016

Future Forms - 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. 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.

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Chairs of the Future

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

This teaching 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.

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Change your Mind

ESL EFL Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes

In this speaking activity, students ask and answer questions about their plans for tomorrow, using 'going to' for future plans and 'will' for decisions. Each student is given a card which has two sides. Students hold their card so that the side marked 'Plan' is facing them, and the side marked 'Decision' is facing their partner. The students go round the class and ask and answer questions about their future plans, using their cards as prompts. The student asking the question uses 'going to' to ask about their partner's plan for tomorrow, e.g. Are you going to do some exercise? However, their partner has changed their mind and uses 'will' to make a decision about the plan. The student makes a decision at the moment of speaking by choosing from two prompts, e.g. No, I think I’ll watch a movie. In the activity, students repeat the same question several times, but practice different answers each time they change partner. When the students have spoken to several partners, they exchange cards and repeat the activity. This process is repeated several times so that the students practice asking different questions each time they change cards.

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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/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 and asks follow-up questions to gain more information.

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Summer School Fair

ESL EFL Speaking and Writing Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

In this engaging teaching activity, students practice asking and answering questions about future plans 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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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.

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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.

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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.

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A Week in my Country

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

In this productive activity, students use future forms to make decisions, 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.

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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.

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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 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.

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Going to or Will?

ESL EFL Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes

This writing activity can be used to teach or review 'going to' and 'will'. 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. 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 card game, 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 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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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.

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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 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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Planning a Party

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

In this enjoyable group activity, students practice '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 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.

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You're going to...

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

In this amusing teaching activity, students mime the actions leading up to something they are going to do. 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.

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Related Future Form Activities: Future Forms - Predictions  /  Zero and First Conditional  /  Modal Verbs of Possibility, Probability, Certainty


#9 Simonetta 2016-03-30 10:22
Very amusing and useful activities. Thanks
#8 Admin 2015-11-26 15:24
Thanks for your comments Wiwin and Sha-Nae. It's nice to hear of your positive experiences using the site. Good luck with your teaching.
#7 wiwin 2015-10-05 02:56
Thank you so much. I'm a first year teacher from Bali (Indonesia). I feel so much frustration being a first year teacher. Thank to this website. I find it a bit easier. Thank you so much
#6 Sha-Nae 2015-08-18 03:43
Only today during the first day of an ESL workshop, we were asked to come up with activities for reinforcing language concepts. I always find this a challenge because I thought that I had to always come up with them on my own. I am not the most creative person on the spot, I need time. I was told to search the net, which I was not keen on doing but when I realised that it's something everyone does, I didn't feel to badly anymore. So in searching, I stumbled across this awesome website that really has it planned out appropriately for level and language art and I think that is the most glorious thing ever. I just want to say thank you and I will definitely be using some of the activities from here, even modifying them along the way, so I wouldn't feel too guilty about taking them. Thank you again.
#5 Admin 2015-05-07 10:31
Thanks Ulziimaa and Mohi. We appreciate your kind words a lot.
#4 Ulziimaa 2015-04-26 09:15
Thank you so much again
#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,
#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.
#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.

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