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Future Simple Tense
Beginners level


This is a Text-Based Guided Discovery grammar lesson where students learn the future simple tense (v. to be + going to + infinitive) in the context of discussing their future plans and intentions.


Abc Article
Abc PPT with comprehension questions about the article, FCP and LCP exercises
Abc White Board with Markers

Main Aims

  • By the end of this lesson, students will be able to talk about their future plans using the future simple tense (v. to be + going to + infinitive).

Subsidiary Aims

  • Speaking: to boost the students’ fluency by being able to talk about their future plans using the future tense.


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

• The teacher uses a picture to elicit some information about the students' future dreams. This is to activate their schemata and prior knowledge.

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

• Students read a short article about future dreams quickly to understand the gist of it. • Students, in group work, answer 2-3 comprehension questions about information in the text. • Then, students, in group work, answer some detailed questions about the text related to the future simple (guided discovery tool).

Highlighting (2-4 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

• Students, in group work, discover and highlight examples of the future tense (v. to be + going to + infinitive) in the text. • The teacher writes some examples on the board.

Clarification (8-10 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

• Students work out these examples of the target language in group work. • The teacher, then, elicits the meaning/ use of the future simple tense, then goes for the form/ the structure of the tense. • The teacher then drills the target language in chunks as for pronunciation.

CCQs (3-5 minutes) • To check Students’ understanding of the MFP of the target language

• The teacher asks Concept Checking Questions to check their understanding after the elicitation of each of the meaning, form, and pronunciation. Examples: 1- Are these sentences in the past, present, or future? Future 2- Can we talk about old habits using the future simple? No 3- Do we use future simple to talk about our future plans? Yes

Controlled Practice (3-5 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

• Students, in pair work, complete sentences in the future simple tense by filling the words from the box

Semi-Controlled Practice (6-8 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

• Students, in group work, do a gap fill activity without a box of words

Free Practice (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

• Students do a role play of an interviewer and an interviewee (pair work). Each students asks his colleague about his future plans using the future tense, and his colleague talks about his plans using the future tense. • Students, then, exchange roles. • The teacher monitors and takes down notes of their language mistakes.

Feedback (2-4 minutes) • Students are given feedback of their language mistakes

• The teacher forms new pair groups, comprising one person from each of the other groups. The students tell each other their plans). • The teacher gives feedback of the language mistakes.

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