Grammar Future Tenses Will/Won't versus Present Continuous
Intermediate (B2) level


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Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of will/won't, be + verb-ing

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide accuracy speaking practice in a will/won't be + verb-ing to describe goals for this month and this year in the context of future goals; learning, professional, life goals


Lead-in (4-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Students will be split into pairs, and they will discuss the questions on a Google Slide listed below: What was one big achievement you experienced in 2019? Did you do anything to help you succeed in this achievement? If so, what?

Highlighting (6-8 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

Students will read a brief conversation (INTENSIVE READING for GIST) featuring the two target tenses in a dialogue. They will copy and paste or take notes of all the future forms they can find in the dialogue at the space at the bottom. This will be done individually, within 4 minutes. When they are finished, the class will go over the answers together very briefly. Students will be asked about how many future forms they could find. (2) Answers will be elicited one-by-one from each student, and written out in the chat box for clarity. They will then be asked "Which one (or ones) are present continuous/progressive?" and "Which one (or ones) are simple future? How do you know?"

Clarification (8-12 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

The students will go through 3 parts of another Google form selecting the correct tense for the example sentences. When finished, they will answer the other two questions about which one is used when speaking and which one is more formal. Depending on the time at this point, they will most likely have 4 minutes, then we’ll meet back to discuss our answers and the teacher will answer any questions they may have. If there is some remaining confusion, the teacher will concept check when to use each tense with more example sentences.

Controlled Practice (5-8 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Students will have 3 minutes to fill in the blanks in the space below each question with either will/won’t or the present progressive form of the verbs in brackets, remembering everything that was just discussed testing their understanding of simple future and present progressive. This will be done individually for 3 minutes, then we will come back and check our answers in pairs for 2 minutes, followed by a quick OCFB by the teacher.

Free Practice (6-8 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

Students will discuss in pairs the questions from a Google slide about: 2 goals they plan to accomplish this year, and 1 task they will finish by the end of this month using simple future and/or present progressive. They will talk with their partner/group for 6 minutes, then we will meet back as a class to share some goals with one another for the time remaining.

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