Kyle Kyle

"What's the plan, Stan?"
Pre-intermediate (B1) level


In this lesson students will practice new grammar: using "going to" and the present continuous for future arrangements. As a subskill, students will practice speaking for fluency in the context of plans. After a brief lead-in, stdents will search the text from the previous lesson for examples of plans. I will then walk students through the meaning of these phrases. Next, students will be presented parts of a sentence. They will organize it into a plan using both "going to" and the present continuous (two different sentences). They will also form it into a negative and a question. I will quickly highlight the grammar form and drill pronunciation. Students will then complete two sets of grammar exercises. They will then engage in several speaking activities: making travel plans, describing what is "going to happen" in pictures, and finally a free practice conversation where they will discuss what they are going to do this weekend.


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Main Aims

  • To provide practice of "going to" and present continuous in the context of future plans

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of future plans


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

1,Show image: "Why am I happy?" Students will describe what they see in the bubbles 2,"Am I doing it now? Later?" "When? Maybe this weekend?" 3. Elicit "plans" 4. Talk with your partner "What are your plans tomorrow?" *Keep this short

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

Use the text from Mohammed's lesson: 1. "Look at the reading from last lesson" 2. "Find plans and underline them. Work with your partner." Present texts on whiteboard 1. Give a student from each pair a marker 2. Tell them to underline an example on the board Walk through two examples: 1. "I'm going to stay with her." Am I staying with her now? When? 2. "In the evening we're seeing a show." Am I seeing a show now? When?

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

1. Present on the board "I/football game/watch/tonight" 2. This is your plan: Can someone make a sentence? 3. Student will write the sentence on the board: "I'm going to watch a football game [tonight]." *Drill pronunciation/stress *Mention "gonna" 4. "A different way: how can we write it?" "I'm watching a football game tonight." "Drill pronunciation/stress Elicit structure by drawing arrows down from the key words be + going to + infinitive OR be + -ing + time adverbial (if we know the time) *We use these to talk about future plans 5. Write a "+" by the sentence, and a "-" below: "How do we make it negative?" 6. Write a "?" below the sentence: "How do we make it negative?"

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

Grammar Exercises A 1. Show students the worksheet: "For 'a' use "going to," and a verb, and is/are" Work in pairs 2. When students finish, show answer key on WB: Check in pairs CCQ: "We are staying in a hotel." Are we staying there now? Will we stay there later? Did we decide this in the past? B 1. Show students the worksheet: "Which is right? The first? The second? Both?" Work in pairs 2. When students finish, show answer key on WB: Check in pairs CCQ: "I am meeting Susan this evening." Am I meeting Susan now? Later? When? Did we decide this now? Before?

Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

***In case of emergency, jettison this activity*** (for reasons of time and/or class size) "Going on holiday." A 1. "You're going on holiday!" 2. Show students the worksheet "You're going to Fiji or Kenya." 3. "Fill out Part A. Decide: Where are you going? How are you getting there? etc. Use the information in the boxes." ------------Time to complete B 1. "You need a friend; You can't travel alone." 2. "Find a friend with the same plan." 3. Demo with a student "Where are you going? etc." ICQ: What are you looking for?

Semi-Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

**Change groups: Galatasaray / Fenerbah├že Freeze frame: What's going to happen? Show students the handout: "What's going to happen? Look at each picture and discuss with your partner. *Monitor for TL use *Include "diary page" for early finishers and/or if the class size is too small for "travel plans" activity

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

This weekend "What are you going to do this weekend? Talk with your partner, Use the language we talked about." *Monitor for TL use **Change pairs halfway through IF convo is dragging

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