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be going to for future intentions
A1+ level


In this lesson, students learn about "be going to" for future intention/plans through guided discovery based on a listening text about weekend plans. Then the students practice their accuracy through a sentence correction activity. Finally, students practice fluency with a guided information-gap speaking aactivity.


Abc Cutting edge elementary
Abc Audio file
Abc Information-gap activity handout
Abc Handout
Abc Visual aids

Main Aims

  • The students will be better able to use "be going to" for future intentions in the context of weekend plans

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide gist and specific information listening practice using a text about weekend plans in the context of celebrations and parties


Lead-in (5-6 minutes) • The main aim is setting the lesson context and engaging students.

T shows pictures from -a coming of age party, -an independence day celebration and elicits their names. T asks CCQ's about the elicited items. When someone throws a coming-of-age party, -Does s/he legally become an adult? [Y] -Is it an ordinary birthday party? [N] -When is the independence day of Turkey? [October 29h] -Is it a religious holiday? [N] -What type of holiday is that? [National holiday]

Listening for the gist (12.1) (3-4 minutes) • The main aim is to practice listening for gist and for the learners to be exposed to the target language.

-T distributes the handout. -T points out the exercise 1a. T tells Ss to match the recordings with the type of celebrations. - T plays the recording and have the students check each other’s answers.

Listening for the detail (4-5 minutes) • The aim is for students to practice the skill of listening for detail. Then the students review their overall understanding of the text by doing a matching activity related to the listening text.

- T points out the exercise 1b. - T tells Ss to match the speakers with the things in the box while listening. - T plays the recording and have the students check each other’s answers.

Highlighting (4-5 minutes) • The aim is to draw students' attention to the target language presented in the listening text.

- T distributes the recording's transcription. - T tells Ss to underline "going to" sentences. - T selects 2 marker sentences from the text. "I'm going to meet my friend Monica." "We are going to drive to the wedding together."

Clarification (8-10 minutes) • The major aim of the stage is to clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language.

T draws a timeline on the board and highlights that the structure emphasizes a future event which has been decided in the past. - T asks CCQ's about the sentences: "Are we talking about present, past or future?" [Future] "Is this a plan/intention?" [Yes] "Did she decide now or in the past?" [In the past] - T will also highlight the time expression in the sentence -On Saturday morning-. -Then finally T focuses on the grammar box. - Ss fill in the gaps then discuss with a partner. -Then T checks the answers. - After that, T focuses on the "be going to (go)" wedding. Asks if they see any differences. between the 2 marker sentences.

Free Practice Production stage (8-10 minutes) • The aim is for the students to make use of the target language they came across in the listening and they can also use their background knowledge to discuss their schedules and arrange a meeting.

- T pairs up the ss. If there are odd number of students, T forms a group. - T gives a week schedule for each student. - Ss will try to find at least one time when they both are free to meet (or, preferably two or three possible times.) They do this by asking each other questions: A: "What are you going to do on Tuesday? B: "..." A: "Are you going to be free at seven on Tuesday"/"How about Friday?"... B: "..." - If they cannot meet their partner at the time proposed, they must say why.

Fee (4-5 minutes) • The major aim is to provide error corrections on some common errors made by the students.

The major aim is to provide feedback on the previous task and end the lesson.

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