Angeliki Angeliki

Intermediate B1+ level


To explain different ways of talking about the future (Future forms)


Abc CD recorder/CD
Abc HO1 (Adapted from New Inside Out – Intermediate SsBk – U4 p. 35)
Abc HO2 answer key (Adapted from New Inside Out – Intermediate TsBk U4 p. 38)
Abc w/b
Abc A4 paper with timeline/examples

Main Aims

  • To enable students to understand the difference in the use of various future forms (will, be going to, present continuous) in the context of conversations about going to a party.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To develop students´ listening skills for gist and for specific information. To improve students´ awareness of intonations in future forms.


Lead – in (7-8 minutes) • To generate interest, motivate Ss guess a situation and practise listening for gist

Show Ss the picture pag. 35. Tell them that Zoe and Sandy are flatmates. Point out that Sandy is crying. Ask Ss “Why is Sandy unhappy?”. Talk in pairs. Brainstorming in class. Listen to the recording 1.31 to find out why Sandy is unhappy (answer: because David hasn´t rung). Use questions: Where you right? Why? Why not?

Preparation stage (5-6 minutes) • To give Ss a written record of talking about the future.

Ss look the numbered parts of the conversation in Ex.1. T explains that each is a different way of talking about future. Ss identify the form in each case. (1: present continuous, 2: going to, 3: will)

Language focus (12-14 minutes) • To focus the Ss’ attention on the information on future form

Ex. 2 pag.35: Go through the choices and in pairs Ss match them to one of the numbered forms. Language focus on future form using CCQs, timelines, examples in w/b

Controlled practice (9-10 minutes) • To provide Ss with controlled written practice of future forms

Ex.3 pag.35: Ss underline the most appropriate future form, deciding what the situation is for each form choice (i.e. a spontaneous decision, an intention, or an arrangement). T monitoring, collects problems. Feedback by listening to the conversation. Ex. 4 pag.35: Ss in groups put the verb in the most appropriate form. Monitoring and making sure that everyone has understood the differences between the forms. Check the answers with an answer key.

Listening (7-8 minutes) • To practice listening for specific information and to provide freer speaking

T asks Ss “Is there a future between Sandy and David?”. Play recording 1.34. T asks: “What happened?”, “What´s your answer now?”: talk in pairs/groups.

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