Future Tenses ESL Activities, Games and Worksheets

Be Going To

ESL Going To Lesson - Reading and Writing Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 60 minutes

This free be going to lesson helps to teach students how to use be going to for future plans, intentions and predictions. To begin the lesson, students read a grammar explanation and examples of be going to. The students then make sentences about their own future using be going to for future plans and intentions. The students then work in groups of four and read their sentences to each other. After that, students complete a dialogue to practice the be going to structure. Finally, students practice making predictions based on present evidence.
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Interactive Version - In this be going to interactive lesson, students complete a variety of exercises to help them learn how to use be going to for future plans, predictions and intentions.

 

Change your mind

ESL Will and Going To Activity - Listening and Speaking - Elementary (A1-A2) - 20 minutes

In this future tenses speaking activity, students ask about future plans using be going to and make spontaneous decisions with will. Give each student a card. Students hold their card so that the side marked 'Plan' is facing them and the side marked 'Decision' is facing away. The students go round the class and ask and answer questions about their future plans using the cards as prompts. When a student asks the question on their card, their partner uses will to make a spontaneous decision about the plan by choosing from two prompts. In the activity, students repeat the same question several times, but practice making different decisions each time they change partner. When the students have spoken to several partners, they exchange cards and repeat the activity.
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Going to or Will?

ESL Be Going To or Will Worksheet - Reading and Writing Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 20 minutes

This printable going to or will worksheet helps to teach students how to use be going to for future plans and will for offers, promises, unplanned decisions and predictions. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. First, students decide what is happening in each sentence, i.e. a future plan, an unplanned decision, an offer, a promise or a prediction. Students then complete the sentences with will or be going to, plus the verb in brackets. Afterwards, check the function of the future form in each sentence and answers with the class.
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Interactive Version - In this going to or will interactive worksheet, students do an exercise where they practice using be going to for future plans and will for promises, offers, predictions and unplanned decisions.

 

Will

ESL Future Simple with Will Worksheet - Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 35 minutes

Here is a printable will worksheet to help students learn how to use the future form will for predictions, spontaneous decisions, offers and promises. Give each student a copy of the two-page worksheet. The students begin by reading through a grammar explanation and examples of how the modal verb will is used. Students then make decisions, promises and offers for eight situations on their worksheet. Afterwards, students complete two matching activities to practice the functions of will. After that, divide the students into pairs. The pairs discuss ten predictions using useful language from a box on their worksheet. Finally, there is a class feedback session where the students say which predictions they think will come true.
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Interactive Version - In this future simple with will interactive worksheet, students complete a range of exercises to learn how to use will for spontaneous decisions, predictions, promises and offers.

 

A Week in my Country

ESL Future Tenses Activity - Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 40 minutes

In this free will and going to activity to use in class with your students. In the activity, students use the future form will to make decisions and discuss a holiday itinerary. Afterwards, the students present their planned itinerary to the class using be going to. Give each group of three or four a copy of the worksheet. The students imagine they have invited some friends to spend a week in their country. Each group discusses and decides on a holiday itinerary for themselves and their visiting friends using will. Students then write their plans in the itinerary on their worksheet using be going to. When the students have finished, the groups present their planned itineraries to the class and the students vote for the best one.
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Interactive Version - In this future tenses interactive breakout room activity, groups of students use the future simple forms 'will' and 'be going to' to plan and present a holiday itinerary.

 

Chairs of the Future

ESL Future Tenses Activity - Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 15 minutes

This future tenses activity is useful for reviewing the three future forms: present continuous, be going to and will. Put three chairs at the front of the class and label them with the three future forms. The students come up one by one, sit on one of the chairs, and make an appropriate sentence. Ask the student concept questions to make sure they are sitting in the correct chair. If the student's answers show they are sitting in the wrong place, they move to another chair and make a more suitable sentence.
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Future Sentences

ESL Future Tenses Game - Reading, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this future tenses game, students practice making sentences about the future with would like to, want to, hope to and be going to. Give each group of three or four a set of cards. The students shuffle the cards and spread them out face down on the desk. Students then take it in turns to turn over two cards. If the two cards go together (e.g. would like to / go), the student makes a sentence about the future, e.g. 'I would like to go shopping this weekend.' The other group members listen to the student's sentence and judge whether it's correct. If it is, the student keeps the two cards and has another turn. If the sentence is wrong or the two cards don't go together, the student turns the cards back over, keeping them in the same place. It's then the next student's turn to play. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins. As an extension, when the students have finished, they shuffle the future form cards and verb cards separately and place them face down on the desk in two piles. Students then take it in turns to turn over the top card from each pile. The other students then each try to make a believable sentence about the future using the words on the cards. The student who turned over the cards then decides who made the most believable sentence and awards the two cards to that student. Then, the next student turns over two cards and so on. The student with the most cards at the end is the winner.
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Future Tenses Board Game

ESL Future Tenses Board Game - Reading and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

Here is a free future simple board game to get your students talking about the future using the present continuous, be going to, will, won't and would like to. Give each group of three or four 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 talk about the topic on the square for 30 seconds using the correct future form. If a student can’t think of anything to say, makes a grammar mistake, or stops talking before the 30 seconds are up, they must go back to their previous square. The first student to reach the finish wins the game.
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The Future You

ESL Will and Going To Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 35 minutes

Here is an engaging future tenses activity to help students practice the future forms: will, be going to and the present continuous. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. The students begin by completing sentences on the worksheet with verbs in brackets with will, be going to or using the present continuous. There should be four sentences using each future form. When the students have finished, check the answers with the class. Next, the students prepare questions they need to ask in order to find people who the sentences are true for. The students then stand up and go around asking the questions to their classmates, e.g. 'Are you meeting a friend after class?' When a student finds someone who answers 'yes' to a question, the student writes down their name to complete the sentence and asks a follow-up question to gain more information, noting down the answer in the last column. When everyone has finished, the students give feedback to the class on what they found out by reading their completed sentences and giving extra information.
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What does the future hold?

ESL Future Tenses Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

This rewarding future tenses activity is perfect for reviewing future forms and their functions. The activity covers will for predictions, be 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 a variety of future forms. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. Students begin by changing the sentences on their worksheets 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. They then move on to speak to another student. When everyone has finished, elicit 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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Questions of the Future

ESL Future Tenses Activity - Reading, Writing and Listening - Intermediate (A2-B1) - 30 minutes

In this intriguing future tenses activity, students practice future forms by anonymously completing a questionnaire and then guessing who completed other questionnaires from their answers. Give each student a copy of the questionnaire and a number on a piece of paper. The students then anonymously complete the questionnaire by writing their answers in sentence form in the spaces provided. When the students have finished, they write their number at the top of the worksheet and hand in their questionnaire. Students then take it in turns to come to the front of the class. The student shows their number to the teacher and is given another student's questionnaire. The student then reads the student number and answers on the questionnaire to the class. The other students listen and guess which classmate wrote the answers. Students write their guesses on a piece of paper. When all the questionnaires have been read out, the students reveal their numbers. Students score one point for each correct guess. The student with the most points wins.
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Will or Be Going To

ESL Will or Be Going To Worksheet - Reading, Matching and Writing Activity - Intermediate (A2-B1) - 30 minutes

This printable will and going to worksheet helps students practice or review the differences between these two future forms. Give each student a copy of the two-page worksheet. Students begin with a gap-fill exercise where they complete sentences with will or be going to and verbs in brackets. Then, students match statements or questions with responses. Next, students rewrite will and be going to sentences in their negative form. Students then move on to choose the correct future form in will and be going to sentences. Lastly, students correct mistakes in sentences and rewrite them.
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Interactive Version - This will or going to interactive worksheet contains a variety of online exercises to help students practice or review will and be going to.

 

Cards of the Future

ESL Future Tenses Game - Reading, Listening and Speaking Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 40 minutes

In this future tenses game, students ask and answer questions about the future using the present continuous, be going to and will. Give each group of three or four a set of future form cards and question prompt cards. Students place the future form cards face up on the table and shuffle the question prompts, placing them face down in a pile. Students take it in turns to pick up a question prompt card and decide which future form would be the most suitable match for the question on the card (e.g. a prediction, a decision, an arrangement, etc.). The student then uses the future form and prompt to ask a Wh or yes/no question to the other students. If the student forms the question correctly, he or she scores a point. The other students then reply using the appropriate future form. For each suitable response, the students also score a point. The question card is then placed under the future form card and it's the next students turn to ask a question. The student with the most points at the end of the game wins.
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Dialogue Disarray

ESL Future Tenses Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes

Here is a fun mixed future forms activity to use in class. In the activity, students practice will, be going to and the present continuous by completing and ordering two dialogues. Divide the students into pairs (A and B) and give each student a corresponding worksheet. Each student has half of two dialogues, but the sentences are missing future forms and in the wrong order. The students' task is to complete the sentences with the appropriate future forms and put the conversations in the correct order by reading the sentences to their partner and numbering them. Student A starts the first dialogue by looking at their sentences, completing the most suitable one in the future tense and reading it to their partner. The student then puts number 1 next to the sentence. Student B listens, looks for a suitable reply, completes the sentence and then reads that reply to Student A, putting number 2 next to the sentence. This process continues until the conversation has been put in order. The students then move on to the second dialogue with Student B starting the conversation. When the pairs have finished, they read the two conversations to you. If the students have made any mistakes, they repeat the activity until the conversations are correct. Finally, review the two dialogues and the future forms with the class. As an extension, you can have the pairs create a new dialogue using as many future forms as possible.
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Interactive Version - In this interactive future tenses breakout room activity, pairs of students complete and order two dialogues using will, be going to and the present continuous.

 

Future Simple Review

ESL Future Simple Review Worksheet - Reading and Writing Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this future simple worksheet, students revise the various uses of the future simple form will. Students begin by reading and completing a conversation with future simple phrases to demonstrate the various functions of will. Next, students indicate what the future simple form 'will' can be used to express by writing yes or no next to each item. Students then use verbs from a box to write spontaneous decisions for situations. After that, students imagine that they are babysitting their neighbour's children. The students then use will to make promises to the parents about their instructions. Students then move on to use the future simple to make predictions about given topics, e.g. 'I think everyone will learn online in the future'. In the last exercise, students respond with an offer of help to each statement using the future simple, e.g. 'I will call a tow truck for you'. When the students have finished, review their answers and provide feedback.
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Interactive Version - In this future simple review interactive worksheet, students work through a range of exercises to revise the future simple for promises, offers, spontaneous decisions and predictions.

 

Race to the Top

ESL Future Simple Board Game - Reading, Listening and Speaking Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes

This engaging future simple board game is ideal for reviewing future forms. Give each group of three or four a copy of the game board, a dice and counters. Players take it in turns to roll the dice and move their counter along the board. When a player lands on a square, they answer the question using an appropriate future form. Players must give detailed answers and form sentences. Short answers are not allowed. If a player lands on a square containing a question mark, the player asks the other students in the group a question about the future, which they each answer in turn. The other students in the group judge whether the player's answer or question is grammatically correct. If it is, the player stays on the square. If a player makes a mistake or cannot think of an answer or question, they go back to their previous square. The first player to reach the finish wins the game.
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