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Future Expectations.  A letter to the future self.


  •                  to develop pupils’ communicative competence in listening, speaking, reading and writing;
  •                  to enlarge learners’ vocabulary related to optimism and pessimism;
  •                  to encourage pupils’ spontaneous communication about future plans;
  •                  to facilitate the usage of Future Simple, Future Continuous and Future Perfect for predictions;
  •                  to develop logical thinking, imagination and creativity;
  •                  to promote responsible attitude to life.

Visual aids : computer presentation, video podcast, worksheets.

Procedure of the lesson:

I   Greeting, organising of the lesson. (Slide 1)

T: Good morning, children. You look fine, optimistic and ready for work. I hope our today’s lesson will be productive and useful because we’re going to discuss some vital questions for us today. Besides, you’ll have a chance to show your level of communicative competence.

II Warm up. Introduction to the topic.

T: I want you to solve a riddle (answer to it is the topic of out today’s lesson): 

What can’t you see that is always before you? (Future); what is always coming and never arrives? (Tomorrow). (Slide 2)


Well, at our lesson today, we’re going to speak about the future as well as

  •                  Listen to the people in the streets of London
  •                  Read a quiz about optimism and pessimism
  •                  Give advice
  •                  Revise grammar rules (Future tenses) while making predictions
  •                  Get ready to write a letter


(Slide 3) François Jacob, Nobel Prize winner for medicine said "Without expectations, there's no future, only an endless present" noted that a sense of the future is one of the few properties that distinguish humans from animals. We think about the future, try to predict it and hope it will be favourable to us. Can you tell me what you’re looking forward to or not looking forward to in the future?


III  Listening. Watching video podcast. (Speakout Upper Intermediate. Unit 6)

Pre-listening task.

T: We’re going to listen to the people in the streets of  London to see if they have the same future expectations. But before listening, will you distribute the following words into positive (people can look forward to them) and negative   (people normally can’t look forward to them) ones: (worksheet #1) – pairwork

While-listening task

T.: Watch the video podcast and tick (˅) the things the speakers mention.


(˅) Getting a good job,

(˅) starting a new job,

(˅)having a holiday next year,         (˅)nothing really,

 (˅) buying a house,

getting married,

 more free time

  (˅) Retiring,

leaving school,


  losing a job,

(˅) job interviews,

 illness, loneliness,


more responsibilities.

Well, people all over the world are looking forward and not looking forward to nearly the same things despite their sex, nationality, age or welfare.

IV  Reading and vocabulary practice. (Slides 4-11)

T: You certainly know that there are two ways of looking at the glass: either half full or half empty. Which one is yours? Are you an optimist or a pessimist? Let’s check it up reading out and answering the quiz questions. While reading, we are going to pay attention to the vocabulary related to optimism and pessimism. (worksheet #2)

Text for reading:

1. How do you feel about your English?

a) It’s going well.

b) You have your ups and downs.

c) You’re stuck and going nowhere.

d) You’re always taking one step forward, and two steps back.

2. This weekend, you’re going to the party where there will be a lot of people you don’t know. How do you feel?

a) You’re looking forward to it.

b) You have mixed feelings.

c) You feel neither positive nor negative.

d) It’s the last thing you feel like doing.

3. Your friend phones you and asks to meet as soon as possible because he/she has something important to tell you. What do you think?

a) You look on the bright side and think it’ll be fantastic news.

b) You think it will just be news, nothing particularly positive or negative.

c) You imagine it’ll be terrible news.

d) You’re dreading it because you’re sure he/she wants to break off your relationship.

4. When you think about next year or two in your life, how do you feel?

a) quite upbeat it

b) cautiously  hopeful

c) rather cynical about things getting any better

d) quite gloomy about the prospects

5. How does the future in general make you feel?

a) It fills you with great optimism and hope.

b) It looks promising to you.

c) Its has its fair share of positive and negative prospects.

d) It fills you with despair.


It’s time to count the results:

a = 4 points    b = 3 points    c = 2 points    d = 1 point

16-20: You are amazingly optimistic. On the one hand, your positive attitude can make people around you feel good. On the other hand, sometimes people may find your constant cheerfulness slightly irritating.

11-15: You are calm and level-headed and can always see both sides of the situation. This means you don’t have great highs and lows but can also mean you miss out on some of the drama of life.

5-10: You are not always easy to be with, usually seeing the negative side of things. However, this can be extremely useful in some situations because you will tend to be more cautious and see what could go wrong with any plans or prospects.

Vocabulary list key

look forward to – think about in the future and feel good about

have one’s ups and downs – sometimes go well and sometimes don’t

go nowhere - make no progress

take one step forward, and two steps back – make even worse

have mixed feelings – feel positive and negative at the same time

 the last thing you feel like doing – you don’t want to do it

look on the bright side - be optimistic or cheerful in spite of difficulties

dread – to be really worried about

upbeat  - cheerful , optimistic

cynical  - suspicious and distrustful

gloomy - feeling depression or despondency

fills you with optimism – make you feel hopeful

look promising -  showing signs of future success

 fills you with despair – make you feel pessimistic



V   Introduction the writing task and brainstorming the ideas. (Slide 12)

T: Not long ago I found a very interesting internet service at futureme.org. The idea is simple: write a letter to yourself and futureme.org will keep it and sent it back to you at a point in the future – you pick the date. You will get a glimpse of the person you used to be and discover if you have met your expectations and hopes of your younger self.

 Let’s try to think about writing a letter to our future selves to be opened five or ten years from now. What can you write about?


VI  Revising necessary grammar structures – Future Simple, Future Perfect and Future Continuous.

T: As for me, I’m an optimist and I’m sure everything will be OK.  I hope I won’t have changed so much and will still be living in this country in five years’ time

Underline a correct alternative in the sentence and explain your reason:

In ten years’ time I expect, I’ll be having/I’ll have a flat.

Complete the sentences with the correct forms of the Future Perfect, Future Continuous or Future Simple and make predictions for year 2025 (Slide 13) (worksheet #3 with optimistic and pessimistic predictions for 2025) group work

 Key to worksheet #3

More people will become environmentally aware in the future.

Everyone will be driving electric cars in 2025.

The sale of unhealthy fast food will have been banned in most countries and poor quality products will have disappeared from the shelves of our shops.

Space tourists will be taking trips on special planes out of the earth’s atmosphere.

We will be living in completely cashless society in ten years.

Advances in medicine will have made many people lives longer – people will be living to 120.

Artificial intelligence will have revolutionised our homes, workplace and lifestyles.

The world will experience mini ice-age at that time.

Environmentally speaking, things will be getting worse and worse.

The government in this country won’t take the issue of GM food seriously.

All the world governments will have passed laws to limit global population.

We will be reading electronic books only.

People will become even more lazy; the older generation will be playing more computer games than the younger generation.

Robots will become the closest friends for some of us.



VII Home assignment:

Write a letter to your future self to be opened five years from now. Make sure you mention:

  •                              reasons for writing
  •                              what you imagine you’ll be doing
  •                              what you hope for your future self
  •                              advice for your future self
  •                              questions about changes that will have happened


VIII Summing up (Slide 14):

I hope your future life will give you a chance to have some of your dreams come true.  You are intelligent and persistent, hardworking and talented. And you deserve to be happy and successful. Remember sunny days will surely come after rain and that our tomorrow begins today.





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