Rodrigo Rodrigo

Present continuous for future
Upper intermediate level


In this lesson students will learn to use present continuous to talk about planning.


Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of using present continuous for planning future events in the context of planning a holiday.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a present continuous for planning in the context of sharing plans.


Lead-in (5-5 minutes) • To generate interest and prepare students for the lesson

Students will be shown pictures about plans for a holiday. Teacher will ask the following questions: Do you have any plans for the holy week? How do you plan your vacations? Do you tell people about your plans?

Gist task (3-3 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

Students will be shown a text about a person emailing for information and they will be asked to read it and discover what is the intent of the writer. Instructions. Read the text and write in the chat what these person wants to do.

Highlighting (5-5 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

Students will be put in break out rooms and asked to highlight in the text all sentences with verbs in -ing form. Go to your breakout rooms and highlight the sentences containing a verb in ING form. (Teacher will make a demonstration while explaining) Discuss with your partner if they are about the future or not. ICQs: Do you need to write? No What do you have to mark all sentences with verbs in -ing? Yes

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

Students will be guided to discover the time clauses in the sentence and their importance in making future statements from present continuous. Meaning: All sentences the students marked during the intensive task will be shown to them. Students will be nominated and asked to find the time expression. They will then say if this expressions are talking about the present or the future. Then they will be asked if deleting the time expression would change the sentence and how. I will ask other time expressions (present and past) and ask students if the sentence is still a plan. CCQs: Is the sentence 'We are traveling to Canada' a plan? No How do we know we are talking about the future, Is it the tense or the time expression? The time expression. If we use the time expression Now, is it still a plan?No Form: Answers will be elicited from students to identify the parts of the sentence before showing them the construction they will have to follow. Pronunciation: Sentences will be modeled and drilled.

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

Students will be sent a present or future questionaire. Which they have to solve individually. then they will be sent to BOR to compare their answers before checking with the rest of the class.

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

Students will be put in pairs and asked to talk about their plans for next week. They will be asked to write sentences about each other's plans using present continuous. After 5 minutes they will return to the class to share some of their answers in the chat. All the class will check and correct if necessary

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