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Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will learn the difference between the three future tenses; present continuous, future will and "to be going to" in the context of a questionnaire about holiday. They will try to guess the meaning by themselves first, and do some controlled practice using those three tenses. Lastly, they will have a productive follow up about a holiday they want to go or planning.


Abc Travel Questionnaire
Abc Travel Magazines
Abc Grammar Box
Abc Controlled Practice

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of three different future tenses in the context of a holiday questionnaire.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of holiday they want to go or planning


Link to Previous Lesson (1-2 minutes) • to re-elicit some ideas about the questionnaire and set the task.

Ask ss what they read in the previous lesson, what kind of text it was, what was it about. Tell them to look at the question number 5 and try to elicit the word "future." "In this question, the answers use similar language. What do you think it is? Is it about the present? Past? Or future?"

Grammar Clarification-The meaning (4-5 minutes) • to make sure that ss know the difference between the tenses.

Tell ss to underline the future forms on the question 5. Ask them which one describe intention? Which one is a prediction? Which one is a firm arrangement that has already been made. Divide the board into three categories; Intention, Prediction and Firm arrangement. Make sure that they know the word intention. Try to give example like "I have an important exam next week and I have to study. I WANT to study. -Next week- Did I study for my exam? Yes. Why? Because it was my intention." SS do the exercise alone first. Then pair check. FB- Give each one a marker and ask them to write their one answer on the board. Correction if it is needed. Prepare a gap fill hand out for the words "will", "going to" and "present continuous" and write the areas they are used for the future meaning. Ask ss to fill in the gaps. Paircheck. FB- Whole Class

Grammar Clarification- The form and Pronunciation (4-5 minutes) • to help them comprehen the form of future tenses and pronounce it.

Prepare a grammar box for each tenses. Write sentences using the tenses and then write some of the part of speech below and leave out some of them. Ask ss to fill out the gaps. They will first do it alone. Monitor. Paircheck. FB- project the answers on the board. Pron: "I'm going to find. I'll just wait and see. I'm meeting the travel rep." Have these sentences projected on the board. Drill and ask where the stress is. Show the sound changes for "going to- gonna". Emphasize on the sound /aɪl/, and the linked sound of "wait and". Drilling and modelling. Don't forget to praise.

Controlled Practice (3-4 minutes) • to practice the form of the future tenses.

Use exercise number 2 but rewrite it. Ask them to choose the best verb form. First alone. Monitoring. Paircheck. Feedback- Nominating ss.

Freer Practice (9-10 minutes) • For students to have the opportunity to talk about the context using the future tenses.

Ask ss if they are going on a holiday anytime soon. If yes, tell them to think about; Where are you going? When are you going? What are you going to do there? Have you packed your stuff yet? What are you bringing? Are you travelling light? If no, ask them to imagine as if they are going on one and then tell them to think about these questions and make some notes. Ask them to get up and try to talk as many people as they can possible. (ıf they are crowded, otherwise swap partners.) While they speaking, try to make notes on the language use, see if they are using the grammar. Feedback- which holiday did you like the best? Ask one or two students. Praise and error correction if there is any. Write it on the board and ask ss what is wrong with the sentence.

Back up Speaking Task (10 minutes) • to get students to speak more fluently about the topic.

Have travel magazines from the previous class. Ask them to look over those magazines again together, and plan a holiday route for me. "Which cities, which countries am I going, why do you think I should go? What will I do there?" Tell them they should plan at least 3 holidays. Work with a partner or group because there are only three magazines. While they're planning,make notes on the language use. Mix the groups to share their own groups' ideas. Feedback- Volunteer to speak for their own group. Accept all of the holiday plans. Praise.

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