85 - The POWER of Prediction. -- teaching the Future Tense.
I wrote another teacher about this lesson idea and thought this would be a good place to share it.
An excellent way to teach and give students practice with the future tense is to use a story. Reading teachers know all about this most powerful technique and it works wonders in a language classroom.
Simple get a really good story (we have hundreds of audio stories you could use in our Story area.).
Next, start reading but stop at intervals and ask the students to predict. "What will happen next?" , "What's going to happen next"? What do you think "X" will do next? etc..... Do this whole class or allow them to brainstorm their responses and then share. After sharing ideas, then continue the story and see if they were right! Maybe even give a reward if the students are bang on!
A nice story for this is The Eyebrow Story. Probably the story I've gotten emails from teachers the most. Peter Reynold's stuff is great.
This is a very quick, no fuss, no muss way for a teacher to give students practice with the future tense and also share a damn good story!
Another good story for this, is of course, The Paperbag Princess!
I'll also note to end - you can do prediction with videos! It works as well and simply stop and ask students "What will happen next"? There are even videos specifically made for this. Also try our videos tagged "prediction".
Would this lesson be ok for high school, or is it too easy....future tense??
This lesson would work very well for high school. Are you teaching in Korea?
Korean MS students usually have to study this story as part of the curriculum (but has changed recently, now with new textbooks in schools)
You mean 'The Eyebrow Story'?
I am in Seoul, I don't work from a text book or any book, so find it difficult sometimes to figure out what is appropriate and I just heard MS students do the future tense, so I thought it would have been too easy for high school. But I am glad to hear it can be used with them. Also, I am wondering about the 'lessons in a can' and level. Is intermediate for high school, or would it be advanced? Thanks a million David!! :)
Sorry Carl, I thought you meant Paperbag princess.
Yes, it would definitely work because a lot of the new vocab is contextualized. You might pre teach some of it though. Even get them retelling the story or prepare a script which they re sequence after watching. I just did a storybook session and you might get them to even rewrite the story and make a mini book.
About Lessons in a Can. Look at the levelon the main directory. That's what I suggest but as for "age" - it really depends on the content of that lesson. You'll have to make that decision if your students think it appropriate, interesting or not. No fast and easy answer there.
This is a nice video showing how prediction is used in a read aloud. Great advice and technique for teachers.