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Lesson plan – Expressing future plans

Lesson plan – Expressing future plans

Task: to develop a grammar lesson plan using the PPP model of the Communicative Approach.

Purpose: In this assignment you are required to


  • demonstrate comprehension on the topic of a grammar lesson plan using the P-P-P format of the Communicative Approach, as described in the corresponding chapters and shown in the different sample lesson plans.
  • demonstrate your ability to apply theory into practice in all stages of this lesson plan.

You have some basic information on the topic you have to teach (see below). You may want to add more aims, assumptions, anticipated problems and solutions. Feel free to do so. Include all the stages in a lesson (presentation-practice-production), the skills and techniques you will use in each step. Remember to use concept questions and varied techniques to teach vocabulary. Write this lesson plan in a linear format, as shown in some sample lesson plans. Make sure to include all the required headings (See example below).

If you want to add more items to the headings in the cover page, please make sure you highlight them to show that you have added them.


You may need to use more than one page to write the plan of this lesson.


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Level: Beginner


Lesson objectives: By the end of the lesson, my students will be able to talk about future plans using the present continuous.


Main Aims:

Communicative Aim: To present the function of talking about future plans

(Note: This is the first time your students will learn this function; this is not a revision.)


Grammatical/Structural Aim: Present Continuous/Progressive as future.

Present Continuous/Progressive as future [S + ‘be’ (is-am-are) + verb in Present Participle (-ing) form] Careful! The structure to teach is “I‘m visiting my parents tomorrow.”/”He’s meeting Joanne next Sunday.” This is not ‘Going to’ future, as in “I am going to meet Joanne Next Sunday.” If you have doubts about tenses, check Chapter 5 in the Grammar module.


Pronunciation Aim: “What could be a good pronunciation topic to address in this lesson?



To review adverbials of future time: ‘tomorrow’, ‘next week’, ‘next Saturday’, etc.

To provide controlled and semi-controlled practice of the function and structure (tense).



Assumptions: Students are familiar with the present continuous tense with the function of talking about an action happening now; i.e., “I am watching TV now.”, “What are you doing?”, “He is running to school.” Students know the days of the week, and might be familiar with future time adverbials such as ‘tomorrow’ or ‘next week’.


More assumptions: Add here


Anticipated problems and solutions:


Communicative Aim: Students may confuse the uses of the present continuous (action now vs. future plans).

I will make sure that I demonstrate the difference using concept questions with examples and diagrams.


Pronunciation Problems: Students may have difficulty pronouncing the ‘ing’ sound or the contracted forms of the auxiliary verb ‘be’ (‘I’m’, ‘he’s’, etc.).


I will make sure that I model these sounds, show articulation, and drill them with a variety of sentences.


More problems: add here


Time: (Complete)


Aids and materials: (Complete

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