Future Continuous vs. Future Perfect ESL Activities, Games and Worksheets

In Ten Years' Time

ESL Future Continuous and Future Perfect Questions Activity - Grammar and Speaking: Gap-fill, Asking and Answering Questions, Controlled and Freer Practice - Pair Work - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

This future continuous vs. future perfect activity helps students practice forming, asking and answering conversation questions about their lives in ten years using the future continuous and future perfect. In two groups, students use verbs in brackets to complete conversation questions on the worksheet in the future continuous or future perfect. Next, students pair up with someone from the other group. Students then imagine their lives in ten years and take it in turns to ask and answer the questions with their partner. Afterwards, students share what they found out about their partner with the class.
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Shot in the Dark

ESL Future Continuous and Future Perfect Game - Grammar and Speaking: Sentence Completion, Guided Discussion, Freer Practice - Group Work - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this free future continuous vs. future perfect game, students make predictions about their classmates. Students begin by putting verbs in brackets in the future continuous or future perfect tense, according to the time expression used in each sentence. Next, students write the name of a classmate at the beginning of each statement that they think the prediction will come true for, e.g. 'Craig will be living in a different place a year from now'. Students then go around the class asking and answering questions to find out if their sentences are true or are likely to become true, e.g. 'Craig, do you think you will be living in a different place a year from now?' The student who guesses the most correct sentences wins the game.
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This time next year...

ESL Future Continuous and Future Perfect Activity - Grammar and Speaking: Sentence Completion, Guided Discussion, Freer Practice - Group Work - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this future continuous vs. future perfect activity, students make predictions about what life will be like a year from now. First, students make predictions about what their lives will be like this time next year using the future continuous and future perfect. Next, in groups, students talk about their predictions and discuss what their lives will be like a year from now. Finally, there is a class feedback session to find out the students' predictions.
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An Interview with Richard Branson

ESL Future Continuous vs. Future Perfect Activity - Speaking: Role-Play, Asking and Answering Questions from Prompts, Communicative Practice - Pair Work - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 20 minutes

Here is a future continuous and future perfect role-play activity to use in class. In the activity, students role-play a telephone conversation about arranging an interview with Richard Branson. Student A takes on the role of Richard Branson's secretary and Student B is a journalist for Wired magazine. The students' task is to use the future perfect and future continuous to help them arrange a one-hour slot for an interview when both Richard and the journalist are free. Students then act out the role-play and arrange a mutually convenient time for the interview.
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When I'm really old

ESL Future Continuous vs. Future Perfect Worksheet - Grammar and Writing Exercises: Writing Questions from Prompts, Identifying, Gap-fill, Writing a Paragraph - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 30 minutes

In this future continuous and future perfect worksheet, students use the two tenses to make predictions about when they are really old. Working alone, students transform sentences into future continuous or future perfect Wh questions. Students also write which future tense is being used in each question. Next, students use the future continuous and future perfect to write two more questions that they would like to ask their future selves. After that, students complete predictions with the negative form of the future continuous or future perfect. In the last exercise, students imagine themselves when they are really old. Students make predictions about their life using the future continuous and future perfect by answering the questions from Exercise A and B. When the students have finished, have them read their predictions to the class.
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