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TESOL Videos - The Future Tenses - 'Going To' Future - Structure and Usages
The 'going to' future tense is used to indicate future plans with intentions and predictions based on evidence. It is a very common future tense used in both spoken and written English.
This is what one of our TEFL graduates feels he has gained from the course, or a part of it, and how he plans to put into action what he has learned.
Troubleshooting common problem situations unit gives suggestions for dealing with this problems. First lessons can be scary, but if the teacher can initially establish a rapport with the class and encourage the students to work with each other, this is then a good atmosphere for learning. Then the teacher must get to know the students, their English level, their interests and why they are in the class. This can be done through surveys, activities and needs analysis tests. I especially liked the 'Tell us about' board game to get the students talking in answer to a question in the square on which they land. 'Pass the ball' was another good idea. Most classes will have varying levels of ability pairing stronger students with weaker may help. Also, the students could be divided into two groups with different materials appropriate for their level. Another approach is to not do anything. I tend to go with this one as often a weaker student will be helped by listening and interacting with the stronger ones. Again, the unit stressed not allowing English in the classroom so the student is immersed in the new language. Reasons were given for allowing the native language to be spoken, such as in pairs when one student explains the material to the other student. The reluctant or hesitant student must be encouraged to participate without being shamed. Throughout the units the teacher has been encouraged to make the material fun and use student to student as much as possible. As teacher our goal is to bring all the students along.