Monday, 05 December 2016

Mixed Future Forms (will, going to, present continuous) - ESL EFL Activities, Worksheets and Games

Change your Mind

ESL EFL Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes

In this fun speaking activity, students ask questions about future plans using 'going to' and reply with 'will' to make a decision about the plan. 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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To be going to

ESL EFL Lesson - Elementary - 1 Hour

This informative three-page lesson is great for teaching students how to use 'going to' for intentions, plans and predictions. To begin the lesson, students are given a grammar explanation and shown examples of how the 'going to' structure is used. After that, the students make sentences about their own future using 'going to' for future plans and intentions. Then, students complete two written exercises practicing the various functions of 'going to'.

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Will

ESL EFL Writing Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

Here is a useful two-page worksheet to help teach students how to use the future form 'will' for predictions, spontaneous decisions, voluntary actions and promises. To start, there is a grammar explanation with examples of the various functions. After that, students undertake a matching activity to practice the different functions of 'will'. This is followed by a writing activity where students practice making decisions.

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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 the future form 'will' to make decisions and discuss a holiday itinerary and 'going to' to talk about their plans. Students work in small groups. The students 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 using 'will'. The students then 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 'going to'.

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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 three future forms: will, going to and the present continuous. 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 (will, going to, present continuous) would be the most suitable match for the question (e.g. a prediction, a decision, a future arrangement, an intention, etc.). The student then asks a question using the phrase on the question card and the correct future form to the other students in the group. 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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Chairs of the Future

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 20 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 student is then asked concept questions to make sure they are sitting in the correct chair. If their answers show they’re sitting in the wrong place, they move to the right chair and make a more suitable sentence

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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 and moving their counter along the board. 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 wins the game.

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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 helps to teach 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, a future plan, an offer, etc. Then, the students complete the sentences using 'going to' or 'will'. An answer key is provided.

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Race to the Top

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes

This entertaining board game is ideal for reviewing future forms. The class is divided 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 question square, they answer the question using an appropriate future form. Students must give detailed answers and form sentences. Short answers are not allowed. If a student lands on a square with a question mark, the student asks the other students a question about the future, which they answer in turn. The other students in the group judge whether the answer or question is grammatically correct. If it is, the student stays on the square. If a student makes a mistake or cannot think of an answer (or question), they go back to their previous square. The first student to reach the finish square wins the game.

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What does the future hold?

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

This speaking activity is ideal for reviewing future forms and their functions. This activity covers ‘will’ for predictions, ‘going to’ for future plans and intentions, ‘present continuous’ for definite arrangements as well as the future perfect, future continuous and ‘would like’. In the activity, students practice asking and answering questions using different future forms. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students begin by changing the sentences on their worksheet into questions. Students then move around the classroom asking and answering their questions and completing their worksheets. When a student finds someone who answers positively to one of their questions, they write down that person's name and ask follow-up questions from the worksheet. Then they move on to speak to another student. When everyone has finished, the teacher elicits which future form was used in each question and why. After that, the students give feedback to the rest of the class on what they found out about their classmates.

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Related Future Form Activities: Future Plans, Arrangements and Intentions  /  Future Simple for Offers, Promises and Decisions  /  Future Simple for Predictions  /  First Conditional  /  Modal Verbs of Possibility Probability and Certainty

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#9 Simonetta 2016-03-30 10:22
Very amusing and useful activities. Thanks
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#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.
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#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
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#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.
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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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