Guess Whose Goals ~ Future Tense Game

Spotlight Spin-Off

Have you tried Sprout English’s Spotlight lesson this week? In this week’s featured lesson, Andy sets three goals for the future. The new year is the perfect time for practicing the future tense. Play this future tense guessing game after trying this week’s lesson with your students.

1. Reread the story “Andy” from Sprout English’s Library.
2. Review the use and structure of “be going to” + base verb.
3. Have each student take out a pen and a scrap piece of paper.
4. Tell each student to write out three goals for 2014. They should follow the same format as Andy for expressing their future goals (be going to + base verb):

First, I’m going to learn Italian. After that, I’m going to make Italian friends! Finally, I’m going to find an Italian girlfriend!

Students should not put their names on their papers. Make sure your students know that the goals they write will be shared with the class. Teachers can participate too!

5. Have students fold up their papers. Collect all of the goals and put them in a container.
6. Go around the room and have students take turns pulling out a piece of paper and reading out a classmate’s goals.
7. Invite another student to guess whose goals were read out loud. When guessing, a student should use “want to + base verb” as Andy does in the reading.

Juan: I think Alicia wants to study English, learn new vocabulary, and get a part-time job in 2014.

8. Ask the student who guessed to give a reason for his or her guess.

Teacher: Why do you think Alicia wants to get a part-time job in 2014?
Juan: Because she always complains that she has no money.

9. Ask the student whose name is guessed if the guess is correct. Give a point to each student who both guesses the correct classmate and gives a good reason! Minus a point from each student who guesses incorrectly. (You could also give out points for students who stump others. If it wasn’t Alicia who wanted a part-time job, the person who it was gets a point.) You can have your students keep track of their own points.

10. When a paper has been matched with the right student, write the student’s name on it. Have your students bury their goals somewhere fun in the classroom or school. Make a plan to review the goals at the end of the school year. Or, ask your students to write their mailing or email addresses on the backs of the papers. Then collect the goals and mail or email them to your students at the beginning of next year. This is a fun way to stay connected to past students.


Find this lesson in the Library – Simple Future Stories.


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Tara Benwell

Tara Benwell is a freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry. She is the media director and head writer for ESL-Library, and a contributor to its sister site Sprout English. Tara is the author of an iPad storybook series for kids called Happy Campers Books. Her debut novel, The Proper Order of Things is available on Amazon and in the iBookstore.

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