The Future Tenses - Future Continuous - Teaching Ideas


Now here are some teaching ideas for the future continuous tense. Here, we have an activity where we'll be asking students to spontaneously make some excuses based upon some invitations. We can do this in pairs or small groups. The teacher will have cut these cards up and the students will place them into a pile, randomly picking up a card. So one student might pick this card up and say 'Would you like to play tennis with me tomorrow?' The other student will be challenged to come up with an excuse as quickly as possible, which might be 'No, I'm sorry I'll be working.' Then, we have the next student pick up the next card and we challenge an additional student to make an excuse. Here we have another teaching idea for the future continuous tense and this involves two students trying to plan a meeting between themselves sometime in the future. One student will have a planner such as this filled in with quite a few activities. Their partner will also have a planner filled in with activities on opposite days. The activity will be rigged so that only one day allows for both of them to meet together. The objective of the activity will be define that day. They'll need to do so by asking a series of questions. One may begin with 'Would you be available on the fourteenth?' Here this student would notice that they have a conference and we respond with 'I'm sorry, I'll be attending a conference.' He may return with another day and by asking these series of questions, eventually, they'll arrive at the day they can meet. As with any activity where certain members of the group are missing information and they have to compare and contrast their information, we have to make sure that the students aren't actually showing each other their diaries and they're having to ask each other questions and respond verbally.

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This unit was particularly useful as it provided two different visual lessons. Using these videos as aids to identify good and bad teaching skills is a very useful tool. I found the videos quite entertaining and felt that the use of a visual aid at this stage of the process was good as I began to see the importance of lesson planning as found in the previous unit. This unit felt like I was able to imagine myself in a teaching environment/situation and could begin to imagine how I would go about ensuring effective student participation.