What Are You Going to Wear? Party Plans Pair Activity

What are you going to do for New Year’s Eve? Are you going to go to a party? What are you going to wear? I’m going to hang out with my family and my best friend. We’re going to stay home in our pyjamas and play games (probably some Heads Up!). It’s going to be so relaxing and fun!

January is the perfect time of year to practice using “be going to.” Try this week’s Spotlight lesson and help your students learn how to express future plans in English. Then try this fun pair activity in class.

Before You Play

1. Review be going to for making future plans.
2. Review relaxed pronunciation for “going to” (gonna).
3. Write the following example questions on the board:

  • What are you going to wear?
  • Who are you going to bring?
  • What are you going to bring?
  • Which shoes are you going to wear?
  • Are you going to wear a hat / a tie / a dress / jeans / gloves / etc.?
  • How are you going to get there?
  • When are you going to arrive?

Find a Partner and Play

1. Ask your students to shout out some names of famous people. Write all of the celebrity names on the board. Choose one celebrity to start the game, e.g., Katy Perry. Now tell your students that this celebrity is having a New Year’s party and that they are all invited.

2. Help your students get into pairs. Your students are going to sit back-to-back, so that they can’t see each other. Tell your students that they are going to pretend that they are talking on the telephone.

3. Student A starts by asking this question:

A: Are you going to go to Katy Perry’s New Year’s party?

4. Student B answers the question and asks a question. Students must use “be going to” in both sentences:

B: Yes, I’m going to go to her party. Are you going to bring anyone?

Student A answers the question and asks another question (always using “be going to”).

A: I’m going to bring my friend Lisa. Are you going to bring anyone?

The conversation continues. If students get stuck asking a question, remind them that they can always ask more questions about clothing: “What are you going to wear?” / What shoes are you going to wear? Are you going to wear a hat / gloves / a tie / jeans?

B: No, I’m going to go alone. What are you going to wear?

5. If you catch students making sentences without “be going to,” tell them their call was disconnected by the operator (you, the teacher). They must phone each other back and start the conversation again.

Example Conversation

If your students need help, have them listen to this example conversation. They will hear the conversation twice. In the second version, the speakers use relaxed pronunciation.

Transcript:
A: Are you going to go to Katy Perry’s New Year’s party?
B: Yes! I’m going to wear my new black dress. What are you going to wear?
A: I’m going to wear jeans and a blouse. Which shoes are you going to wear?
B: I’m going to wear my bright pink heels. Which shoes are you going to wear?
A: I’m going to wear flats. Are you going to do your nails?
B: Yes, I’m going to paint them purple. Are you going to do yours?
A: Yes, I’m going to paint my nails red. What are you going to bring to the party?
B: I’m going to bring popcorn. What are you going to bring?
A: I’m going to bring cookies. Who are you going to bring?
B: I’m going to bring my sister. It’s going to be so fun!

6. When a number of pairings have had a lengthy conversation, stop the activity for a moment. Tell your students to say goodbye to their first partner and find a new partner. They will have a similar “telephone” conversation with a new partner, but should change their plans by using different details.

Teacher: Katy Perry’s New Year’s party is going to be so much fun! Okay! Who is going to go to Prince William’s New Year’s party?

Remind your students that every time they talk, they should answer and ask one question with “be going to,” or their call will be disconnected.

Related

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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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