Maria Fernanda Pacheco Sanchez Maria Fernanda Pacheco Sanchez

Think positive - or negative?
Pre-Intermediate level


After learning about the grammar of will / won't for making predictions, Ss will practice the pronunciation ''ll / won't' and will practice speaking related to the grammar; You are a pessimist! / Fortune telling.


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Main Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a making predictions in the context of negative predictions: 'You're a pessimist' and positive / negative predictions: Fortune telling

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide practice in pronunciation of 'll / won't


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

-Have you ever had your future told? -Do you want to know about your future? -What are the different ways people predict the future? -How do you predict the future in your country?

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through reading/listening

-T will show sentences containing the contracted form of will. -Ss will listen to an audio file and read the sentences. -T pauses the audio file after each sentence for Ss to repeat and copy the rhythm. -Ss will listen to sentences containing the contracted form 'won't'. -T will pause after each sentence to give Ss time to write down what they heard. The point here is for Ss to compare similar sounds of 'won't' and 'want'. -Ss compare their answers in pairs in BOR. -Back in the main room, Ss and T have a brief feedback. -T asks (about the difference between 'won't' and 'want'. -Look at the sentences, what can you see after 'won't'? A verb. Bare infinitive. -What comes after 'want'? 'to'

Useful Language (8-10 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for coming productive tasks

-Ss look at the poster for 'Your future is in your hands' and learn about the 6 different categories in which the lines in the palm of your hand are divided. -Ss read the meaning of each line in the palm. -Then Ss proceed to write prediction sentences based on the information above and the prompts given.

Productive Task(s) (18-20 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

-In pairs, Ss go to BOR. -Ss will 'read each other's hands'. If Ss, can't come up with predictions, they can use the sentences they wrote in the previous exercise. -Ss A reads S's B hand, and vice-versa. -Ss will try to write 3 positive sentences and 3 negative sentences making predictions about their partner's future.

Feedback and Error Correction (8-10 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

-Back in the main room, Ss share what their peers predicted. -Do you think the predictions will come true?

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