Describe Past and Future Events

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Describe Past Events

Most Common Verbs in English

Time Expressions

  1. Last week
  2. Last year
  3. Last sunday
  4. Last monday
  5. Last month
  6. The other day
  7. Three week ago
  8. Two years ago
  9. When I was a teenager
  10. When I was in highschool
  11. Yesterday
  12. The day before yesterday


  1. I went to the beach
  2. I had breakfast by the pool
  3. I took a plane to Boston
  4. I saw monkeys at the national park
  5. I moved to another country
  6. I played soccer with some friends

Describe Future Events

Grammar Structures

To talk about future events, you can use three grammar structures


We use will to talk about rapid decisions and predictions

  1. I will go to the beach
  2. I will graduate from university
  3. I will buy a car

Going To / Gonna

  1. I am gonna visit Hawaii next month
  2. I am going to play soccer on tuesday
  3. I am gonna travel around Europe

Present Continouos

  1. I am teaching a class next month
  2. I am visiting my month next week
  3. I am taking a break from work

Time Expressions

  1. Next year
  2. Next week
  3. Next Month
  4. This afternoon
  5. Tomorrow
  6. Soon
  7. In the future
Describe Past and Future Events

How to Describe Past and Future Events – Lesson Plan

Set things Up (15 Mins)

These activities might vary if this is not your first class with them

  1. Introduce yourself using a Powerpoint Presentation.
  2. Create a whatsapp group or give contact details to students.
  3. Let students introduce themselves by interviewing each other using a Google Form.
  4. Explain chronogram and evaluations.
  5. Explain how to Use Moodle and How to do the homeworks

Schema Activation (15 Mins)

  1. Students are divided in three groups.
  2. Each group picks a member to represent the group.
  3. Each group member has 1 minute to check little pieces of paper with verbs, he or she has to do mimics so their team member guess the verb.
  4. The team with more guesses wins.
  1. Students make groups of four to five people.
  2. Teacher shows the music video of Castle on the Hill.
  3. Students make a list of words that come to their minds as they see the music video.
  4. They are given a list of words and they have to check if the words are sung or not.
  5. Once they finished, we check the official lyrics video from the song


Task#1 (10 Mins)
  1. TTeacher introduces briefly the 3 ways to talk about the future in English.
  2. Students make group of 3
  3. Students are given a list of 12 scrambled sentences.
  4. Students unscramble the sentences and corroborate if the answers are right with their classmates.
Task #2 ( 30 Mins)
  1. Students are given a speaking card with questions about the past and future
  2. Students take some time to answer the questions, they receive feedback on grammar and practice pronunciation as they do so.
  3. Students choose a partner and have a 3 minutes chats with that partner
  4. They switch partners  every three minutes, they do the activities at least three times
Task #3 (30 Mins)
  1. Students make pairs
  2. Student read the sentences and indicate if the sentences are true or false for themselves
  3. Student correct the sentences so they are true for themselves.

Main Task (30 Mins)

Main Objective: To maximize speaking by promoting peer to peer interaction

  1. Students choose past events in their own lives.
  2. They note down main ideas only about past events from childhood, school, highschool and University
  3. Once they are ready, they start talking about past events to their classmates
  4. They switch places with another student after every three minutes

Post-Task (30 Mins)

  1. Teacher gives feedback to students about aspects such as pronunciation and grammar
  2. Class finishes with a quiz using Kahoot, Quizziz or Goconqr