Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Future Forms for Making Predictions - ESL EFL Activities, Worksheets and Games

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Horoscopes

ESL EFL Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

In this imaginative two-part worksheet activity, students create horoscopes for their classmates with the future simple form 'will'. The class is divided into pairs and each pair is given a copy of the worksheet. Working together, the students write horoscopes for all the signs of the Zodiac with predictions for the following day or weekend using the future simple form 'will'. When everyone has finished writing, the students display their horoscopes on the classroom wall. Working individually, students then go around the classroom, reading the predictions for their star signs and making notes about the predictions. Two days later or after the weekend, students continue with the activity by re-reading their notes about the predictions. Students then tell the class about which predictions came true. Finally, students vote for the most accurate horoscope in the class.

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In twenty years...

ESL EFL Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

In this enjoyable worksheet activity, students make predictions about what their classmates' lives will be like in twenty years using the future simple form 'will'. Students sit in a circle in groups of 11 or more. Each student is given a worksheet containing headings for predictions, e.g. home, appearance, job, etc. Students write their name and the year in twenty years time at the top of the worksheet. Students then fold their paper, so the name and year cannot be seen and pass the paper to the student on their right. The students then write a prediction with 'will' for each heading. Each time a student completes a prediction, they fold the paper so their sentence is hidden and pass it to the student on their right. Students are encouraged to be as imaginative or amusing as they like with their predictions. This process continues until the sentences have been completed. When the students have finished, they unfold the worksheet and give the paper back to the person whose name is at the top of the worksheet. The students correct any mistakes they find and then read their predictions to the group. Students then discuss the predictions and decide who will have the most interesting life.

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Prediction Dominoes

ESL EFL Reading and Matching Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes

In this engaging group activity, students play a game of dominoes by matching predictions with 'going to' to situations and vice-versa. After pre-teaching or revising the use of 'going to' to predict the future based on present evidence, the students are divided into groups of three and given a set of dominoes. The students shuffle the dominoes and deal out three each, leaving the rest in a pile face down. The students then turn over the top card from the pile and place it face up on the table. The first player puts a domino down either before or after the card on the table, making sure their situation or prediction matches with what’s on the card. The next player then tries to put down one of their dominoes at either end of the domino chain and so on. If a player cannot put down one of their dominoes, they take a domino from the top of the pile and put it down if they can. If there are no dominoes left in the pile, play passes to the next student. The first player to get rid of all their dominoes wins the game.

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Dice of Prediction Board Game

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

In this enjoyable board game, students practice making predictions using the future simple with 'will' and 'won't', the future perfect, the future continuous, future time expressions, 'will probably' and 'might'. The class is divided into groups of three or four. Each group is given a dice, a copy of the game board and counters. Students then take it in turns to roll the dice and move their counter along the board. When a student lands on a square, they make a prediction about the topic, according to the number on the dice and its corresponding future form. For example, if a student rolls a '1', the student makes a prediction with the future simple. If a student rolls a '2', they make a prediction with the future perfect, etc. The other students in the group judge whether the sentence is grammatically correct. If it is, the student stays on the square. If a student makes a grammar mistake or cannot think of a prediction, they go back to their previous square. The first student to reach the finish wins the game.

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I think you will...

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

In this rewarding worksheet activity, students play a game where they make predictions about a partner's future plans using the future simple form 'will' and 'won't'. The aim of the game is to make the most correct predictions. The students are divided into pairs and each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students read the predictions on the worksheet and think about their partner’s future plans. Students also write three more predictions of their own at the bottom of the worksheet. Students then write 'yes' next to the prediction if they think it will come true or 'no' if they think it won't. They do this without consulting their partner. If a student writes 'yes', they must think of a reason why. The students then take it in turns to tell their partner about their predictions and reasons using the future simple form 'will' and 'won't'. Their partner tells them if their predictions are right or wrong. If a prediction is correct, the student puts a tick in the last column. If it's wrong, the student puts a cross. The student with the most correct predictions wins the game.

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Predictor

ESL EFL Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 35 Minutes

In this fun worksheet activity, students make predictions based on present observations using the future simple form 'will'. Each student is given a predictions form. Students then draw the name of a class member from an envelope. The person whose name is on the paper is the subject of their prediction. Students then write a prediction at the top of the worksheet about the person, giving a reason for their prediction. The students then pair up and give their predictions. Students begin by writing their partner's name in the 'Predictor' column on the form. The students then give their predictions to each other, without saying who the prediction is about, e.g. 'This person will work at a restaurant, because he is always eating'. Their partner listens and writes down the student's prediction, leaving the name blank, e.g. '...will work at a restaurant, because he is always eating'. Students then pair up with someone else and so on. This process continues until the predictions form is complete. Afterwards, the students try to guess who the predictor is talking about in each prediction. Students write their guesses in the 'Name' column on the form. Students then go around the class and find out how many of their guesses are correct. Finally, there is a class feedback session to find out the students' predictions and see who got the most correct answers.

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Shot in the Dark

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

In this insightful worksheet activity, students make predictions about their classmates using the future perfect and future continuous tense. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students begin by putting the verbs in brackets on the worksheet in the future perfect or future continuous tense, according to the time expression in each sentence. After the answers have been checked, 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'. The 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. When the students have finished, they share what they found out with the class.

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This time next year...

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes

This enjoyable worksheet activity is perfect for teaching students how to make predictions with the future simple form 'will' and the future continuous. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students make predictions about what their lives will be like this time next year using the future simple form 'will' and the future continuous. When the students have completed their predictions, they are divided into groups of three or four. The students then tell their group members 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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