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TP 8 - be going to (Future Plans)
Elementary level


In this lesson, Ss will be learn about future time expressions; the TL is be going to (plans), and they will be introduced to this grammar in the context of CouchSurfing. First, Ss will listen to an audio file to learn about CouchSurfing; the second short listening will serve as an introduction to the TL, and prepare Ss for controlled practice. Then, Ss will listen and complete a fill in the gaps HO, (and possibly a more difficult fill in the gaps HO afterward). Next, to check Ss understanding of the meaning and form of the TL, Ss will answer a few CCQ's. If these are easily answered, Ss will experience freer practice, making a list of their own plans, and then speak about their future plans.


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Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of 'be going to' future tense in the context of CouchSurfing and travel.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide gist and detailed listening practice in the context of CouchSurfing with a focus on future time expressions (be going to).


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

-Ss see a few pictures from the CouchSurfing website -Ss also receive the definition for couch -Ask Ss what they think CouchSurfing is and have them discuss in GW for 30 seconds -Listen to the radio program, and find out what CouchSurfing is -Play short Audio (5.8 English File pg 38), which tells Ss what CouchSurfing is -Ask Ss "Were you right? ; How does CouchSurfing work?" -Ss receive a HO containing some facts about CouchSurfing, to refer back to if they forget the meaning of CouchSurfing, and to stand as a written record (HO 1, pg 78 English File).

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

-Ss listen to audio tape 5.10 (pg 78 English File), and hear an interview about CouchSurfing from a British journalist to introduce the TL (be going to --> plans). -Tell Ss to listen to the audio and answer the question "What are his plans" -Play audio 5.10 -Ask Ss, what are his plans? - travel round Europe. Stay one night in each city. Sleep on a couch in vienna, bed other places. Go by train. Do things that aren't in a guidebook; see more than typical tourist sites. -Tell Ss they will hear the interview again and focus on details about his plans -Tell Ss to listen and fill in the gaps with the missing words. -Give Ss HO 2 (2.b English file, pg 78) -Play audio again. -Have Ss compare answers in PW. -Ask Ss to grab the key under their table and check their answers.

Highlighting (2-4 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

-Tell Ss to look at the highlighted sentences from HO 2 -Ask Ss "what form is the verb after going to?" (present simple) -Ask Ss "do we use going to to talk about the past, present, or future? (future)

Clarification (8-10 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

-Ask Ss to fill out the next HO in GW. -Give Ss HO 3, a guided discovery about the meaning and form of the TL. -Provide key with Google slides. -Ask CCQ's from language Analysis to check understanding of M and F.

Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

-Put Ss in new PW. -Tell Ss to complete the sentences with the correct form of be going to with their new partner. -Give Ss HO 4 -Ask Ss to compare with the rest of their group. -Provide key on WB. (If Ss accomplish this controlled practice easily and quickly, and there is extra time.. do the steps below) -Tell Ss to get back with their partner, and complete the sentences with be going to + a verb form the list. -Give Ss HO 5. -Tell Ss to compare in GW. -Provide key on WB

Semi-Controlled Practice and Highlight Pronunciation of TL (8-10 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

-Give Ss HO 6, asking them to number the future time expressions (2.e, English File pg 78) -Play audio 5.12 for Ss to check their answers. -Tell Ss to write four true sentences about their plans, using be going to, and the future time expressions. -Provide example with GS presentation. -Ss write sentences, and compare in PW. -Tell Ss they will hear sentences about future plans from the same audio they listened to. -Write a few phrases on the board, underlining the stressed words to show correct pronunciation and stress pattern. -If Ss seem to get it quickly, ask them to underline the stressed words in one or two of the sentences.

Free Practice (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

-Give Ss new partner. -Tell Ss they will ask and answer questions about their future plans using be going to. -Tell Ss one person will ask questions, and the other will answer. And after the first time, switch roles, and the other person asks questions and the other answers. -Give one Ss HO 7 containing questions. -Ss practice using the TL in a freer way.

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