Grammar | Present Continuous/be going to for future; Vocabulary | time out; How to | talk about plans
Pre-intermediate B1 level


In this lesson, SS learn about present continuous/be going to through the guided discovery based on the calendar notes. The lesson starts with a discussion about Time Out, then SS do matching game. This is followed by pair work, where SS look at the photos and discuss. Finally, they learn about present continuous/ be going to for future and do dome exercises.


Abc Vocabulary - time out | Matching game
Abc Listening | Gap- fill handout
Abc Calendar
Abc Make notes
Abc Make sentences or questions
Abc Pair work about future plans
Abc Pair work about London for free
Abc Pair work using pictures and words used in matching game
Abc Match prompts, make sentences using pictures and prompts put the verbs in brackets

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification of Present continuous/ be going to in the context of Plans

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide practice of Time out in the context of Cafe, market, bus, comedy show, shopping, dinner etc.


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

Ask questions:

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

Match pictures with words. Give envelopes with pictures in them and papers with verbs written before hand to the students

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

Students work in pairs and take turns, they should ask and answer questions using the words and pictures used in matching game.

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

Students work in pairs. Look at the London photos and discuss. What can you do in London? Which of these places can you visit for free? SS listen to the first part of a radio programme and complete the notes.

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

Through the guided discovery explain " be going to" using calendar. Write on the board some examples of present continuous/ be going to. SS do some exercises

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

Watch some video about "be going to" Speaking a) SS make notes about their future plans. b) SS work in pairs and take turns. They should ask and answer questions about their future plans and add these notes to the table.

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

SS a) match prompts with pictures, look at the pictures b) make sentences with prompts, use the present continuous. d) put the verbs in brackets into the correct form of the present continuous or be going to.

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