November 6, 2009
Which future?
Classic film moments from the 20th
century
Look at the pictures and answer the
questions:
Stan
Laurel’s
going
to
fall:
True
or
False?
Do you know the name of the other character in the comedy?
Answers:
 False
 Oliver Hardy
Who was the director of the 1960 thriller Psycho.
A) Steven Spielberg B) Alfred Hitchcock C) Martin Scorsese
In this scene, a character’s going to kill somebody in the shower. What’s
the character’s name?
A) Norman Bates B) Frankenstein C) Jack the Ripper
Answers
 Alfred Hitchcock
 Norman Bates
What’s the name of this 1939 epic film?
A) Gone with the river
B) Gone with the money
C) Gone with the wind
What are they going to do?
A) Kiss
B) Cry
C) Fight
Answers
 Gone with the wind
 Kiss
We all know what’s going to happen to the ship The Titanic.
But what’s going to happen to these young lovers in the 1997
romance?
A) the boy’s going to die
B) The girl’s going to die
C) They’re both going to die.
Answers
 The boy’s going to die
Blade Runner is a 1982 science fiction movie set in the future. Here we
see Harrison Ford in a difficult moment. What’s going to happen? Say
True or False:
A) He’s going to fall
B) He’s going to climb up
C) Somebody’s going to help him
Answers
 Somebody’s going to help him
The man on the left is Julius Caesar in a famous 1953 classic film:
what’s going to happen?
The film was based on a play by:
A) Oscar Wilde B) Agatha Christie
C) William Shakespeare
Answers
 Julius Caesar is going to die, he’s going to be
killed with a stab
 William Shakespeare
Focus on language 1
Choose the correct answer:
We use BE GOING TO + INFINITIVE to talk
about:



Things we already know
Predictions based on current evidence
Things we have arranged to do
Listening practice 1
We can use BE GOING TO + INFINITIVE also to
talk about our future plans and intentions.
Now listen to a trainee chef talking about her future
plans and answer these questions:
1.
2.
What are her plans for the summer?
What are her plans after that?
Answers
 She’s going to work in a small restaurant in
the south of France
 She’s going to get a job in the States
Active grammar
Complete the following lines:
+ I _____ ______ ______ work for him over
the summer
- I _____ ______ ______ ______ stay there
longer than a few months
? What _____ ______ ______ ______ do
next?
Focus on language 2
Present continuous for future arrangements
Maki and Koji from Nagasaki, Japan.
Why are you in London? Think of a possible question:
We’re on our honeymoon. We got married last Saturday.
1. _______________ We’re staying at the Hyde Park Hotel. We’re
just here for a few days. 2. ___________ Everything is organized
for us. Tomorrow we’re doing a tour of London on a double-decker
bus, and in the evening we’re seeing a show. Then on Tuesday
we’re going to Oxford and Cambridge and on Wednesday we’re
flying to Edinburgh. 3. ____________ On Friday. We’re going to
Paris next, and then to Rome…
Answers
We’re on our honeymoon. We got married last Saturday.
1. WHERE ARE YOU STAYING? We’re staying at the Hyde Park
Hotel. We’re just here for a few days. 2. WHAT ARE YOU
PLANNING TO DO? Everything is organized for us. Tomorrow
we’re doing a tour of London on a double-decker bus, and in the
evening we’re seeing a show. Then on Tuesday we’re going to
Oxford and Cambridge and on Wednesday we’re flying to
Edinburgh. 3. WHEN ARE YOU LEAVING? On Friday. We’re going
to Paris next, and then to Rome…
Active grammar
+
?
I’m seing some friends tonight.
They aren’t coming to the party.
What are you doing this evening?
Now make up the rule:
We use the Present Continuous to talk about things
we _____________. We normally add a
__________ or _________.
Answers
We use the Present Continuous to talk about
things we HAVE PLANNED / ARRANGED TO
DO.
We normally add a FIXED TIME or PLACE.
Don’t use the present simple to talk about
your future arrangements.
I’m going to the cinema tonight
NOT: I go to the cinema tonight
Rima’s story
Read the introduction. Then listen to Rima
talking six months later:
Rima, 23, from Vilnius, Lithuania
Why are you in London?
I’m going to look for a job. Maybe as an au pair, looking
after children. And I want to improve my English too, so I
can get a better job when I go back home. I hope I can
find some work quickly, because I don’t have much
money.
I’m going to stay for six months or a year. It depends
how things go. I have a friend who’s working here in a
restaurant. I’m going to stay with her for a few weeks
until I can find my own flat.
Listening practice 2
Mark the sentences T (True) or F (False):
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
She’s working in an Italian restaurant
It was easy to find a job
She isn’t living with her friend now
She isn’t going to English classes
She doesn’t know if she’s going to go back to
Lithuania
She’s leaving the restaurant next month
Her boyfriend is a waiter
Her family are very happy that she’s getting married
Answers
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
She’s working in an Italian restaurant T
It was easy to find a job T
She isn’t living with her friend now F
She isn’t going to English classes T
She doesn’t know if she’s going to go back to Lithuania T
She’s leaving the restaurant next month F
Her boyfriend is a waiter F
Her family are very happy that she’s getting married F
Can you correct the false sentences?
Further reflection on language:
You can find explanations and further practice on ‘future
forms’ in “Working with Grammar Gold” (Longman) –
Unit 13.3, 13.4, 13.5 & 13.6
You can find more info and examples on the following
websites:
 http://www.englishgrammarsecrets.com/goingtofuture/m
enu.php
 http://www.englishpage.com/verbpage/presentcontinuo
us.html
 Watch an interesting video on future forms on:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfpBiVFqtrs
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