TESOL Videos - The Future Tenses - Future Simple - Teaching Ideas
Now we'll have a look at the teaching ideas for the future simple tense. As we said earlier, the future simple tense can be used for threats or promises or, in this case, for predictions. Here, we'll have a pair of students working together. One has a prompt to say something and the other will begin it with a certain comment and then make a sentence using the future simple tense. Here, 'I'm taking my driving test tomorrow' 'Good luck. You'll pass for sure'. 'I lost at tennis again.' 'Cheer up. You'll do better next time,' so on and so forth. Of course, having a bit of feedback at the end. Some additional ideas for the future simple tense include things like horoscopes. Here you'll divide your class up into groups, provide them with zodiac sign, they'll create a horoscope for that zodiac sign and when they're finished, you'll gather them up together. They'll share their horoscopes and see who that actually applies to. Then we have our fortune-telling. You could use this as a role play where as one student or a pair of students comes to see a fortune-teller. Now, the fortune-teller will make statements such as 'You'll have a baby next year,' 'You'll get a great job promotion soon,' so on and so forth. Finally, we have our wedding vows. You could encourage students to create their ideal wedding vows for their partner or some silly wedding vows, anything that will basically make a promise. This could also include employment contracts so on and so forth.
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In this lesson, I have learned the importance of the two productive skills, speaking and writing. It is important to incorporate these skills into lessons, as they both are difficult and require a level of fluency. Speaking activities can be divided into three categories, controlled, guided, and creative.Controlled activities are accuracy based and gives language control solely to the teacher. Guided activities combine accuracy and creativity, allowing the teacher to relinquish some of the language control to the student. Creative communication focuses on fluency and gives students full control of the language. In order to encourage students to engage in speaking, teachers can use many techniques, such as pair work and group. Teachers must make sure to prepare appropriately for speaking lessons and provide positive feedback after completion of the lesson. Difficulty in writing English can stem from grammar, vocabulary, spelling, handwriting, layout, and punctuation. it is necessary for the teacher to focus on these groups in order for students to actively progress in writing. Creative writing should be encouraged as to let students experiment with writing styles while having fun. Games in the classroom are good tools to help students learn both speaking and writing. Games like crossword, connect 4, and jeopardy are both entertaining and a good way to practice what has or needs to be learned. I now know how necessary it is to allow students to write different forms, like poetry or monologues, to increase their writing abilities. I should dedicate a fair amount of lessons time to both speaking and writing, as writing is the most neglected, to create a well rounded space for all four basic language skills.