If you’re an ESL teacher, you know that getting students to practice speaking is a top priority. One way to do this is by using future conversation questions that focus on future tenses (future simple, future perfect, and future continuous). In this blog post, we’ll dive into why using these types of questions can be a game-changer for ESL students and the overall importance of speaking activities.
Practicing the future tenses, especially in conversation, can do wonders for students’ ability to express their plans and predictions and understand what others are saying. Using conversation questions in class gives students the chance to put their knowledge of the tenses into practice in a natural setting. This helps them improve their fluency and confidence when speaking.
Another perk of using conversation questions is that it helps with vocabulary acquisition. As students discuss their future plans, they’re exposed to new words and phrases that they can add to their vocabulary. Plus, it’s a great way for students to see the tenses in action and understand how they’re used in real-life situations.
Using future conversation questions also promotes critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Students have to think about their plans and predictions and make decisions about what they’ll say. This type of practice helps prepare them for real-life conversations where they’ll need to think on their feet and respond to new information.
But the benefits of speaking practice go beyond just the future tenses. When students are speaking, they’re actively using the language and this helps solidify their understanding of grammar and vocabulary. Plus, speaking activities give students the chance to hear native speakers, which can improve their listening skills and accent.
Overall, using the worksheet Future Conversation Questions is a fantastic way to get students to speak and improve their language skills. But it’s important to remember that speaking activities should be used in combination with other methods like reading, writing, and listening activities. And it’s important to create a comfortable and safe environment for students to speak in, where they feel encouraged to take risks and make mistakes.
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- What are some of the things you hope to have accomplished by the end of this year?
- How do you think your life will be different once you have completed all of your goals?
- How do you think your relationships will have evolved by the time you reach a significant anniversary?
- What do you think will be humanity’s greatest achievements in the future?
- What new places will you be visiting next week?
- How do you think your perspective on life will have changed by the time you turn 30?
- What do you think will be the biggest challenges facing companies in the future?
- How do you think people’s lives will have been impacted by major construction projects by the time they are finished?
- What do you think will be the most important issues facing politicians in the future?
- How do you think music will have evolved by the time the next concert season starts?
- How will you be spending your summer vacation?
- What do you think will be the most exciting developments in your field of work in the future?
- How do you think people’s leisure time will be spent in the future?
- What topics will you be discussing with your friends tomorrow?
- What do you think will be the most talked-about events in the world in the next few years?
- How do you think our economy will be performing in the next decade?
- What will you be doing at this time next year?
- What do you think will be the most significant challenges facing society in the next decade?
- How do you think technology will have impacted the way we live our lives by the end of this century?
- How do you think you will feel once you have reached a certain milestone in your career?
- What are some of the things you think will have changed in the world by the time you’re ready to retire?
- How do you think education will have evolved in the future?
- What do you think will be the biggest breakthroughs in science and medicine in the next 20 years?
- How do you think travel will have changed by the time you’re ready to retire?
- What will you be doing this time on Sunday?
Download the worksheet: ESL Future Conversation Questions
Other useful resources:
Conversation Questions: Future Tenses
Online ESL Video Lesson : Can Sci-fi Predict the Future?
Travel ESL Conversation Questions
Conversation Questions Conditionals: ESL Speaking Activity
Conversation Questions: Present Perfect and Past Simple