Task-Based Lessons: How to Set Goals and Make Plans

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Grammar to Set Goals and Make Plans

To set goals and make plans in English, you need these two structures:

Going To


  1. I am going to do exercises every day
  2. I am going to buy a new house
  3. I am going to buy a new car
  4. She is going to get a new job
  5. He is gonna start a new major


  1. Are you going to do exercises next year?
  2. Are you going to get  a new job in 2018?
  3. Is she going to start med school?



  1. I will buy a new house
  2. She will start my own
  3. He will move to another country
  4. We will get married
  5. They will fix their old car


  1. Will you buy a new house?
  2. Will you get married in  2018?
  3. Will you go abroad?

Smart Goals

The most common method to  teach people to set goals and make plans in English is the Acronym “SMART!

  • S:  Specific
  • M: Measurable
  • A: Achievable
  • R: Realistic
  • T: Timely

Example: I am going to run twice a week in 2018

  1. Is it specific?  Yes
  2. is it measurable? Yes
  3. Is it achievable? Yes
  4. Is it realistic? Yes
  5. is it timely? Yes

Lesson Plan – How to Set Goals and Make Plans


Level: Intermediate

Grammar Focus: Simple Future + Future with “Going”

Objective: To set and  talk about smart goals in different contexts of Life

Schema Activation


Teacher create an online hangman game and students have to guess what the words are and predicts what the class will be about.


Task #1

  1. Teacher introduces key vocabulary about example of goals, type of goals and examples of smart goals using a power point presentation.
  2. Students are going to see part of image in a powerpoint presentation and they are gonna try to guess and describe the picture
  3. Students sits in pairs and they interview their classmates using a powerpoint presentation that can be displayed on their smartphones, computer or tablets.



  1. When students are finished, they would work with their classmates creating Smart Goals, they make sure the goal is specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-based.
  2. Students rehearse telling their smart goals to their classmates.
  3. Students talk about their goals to their classmates

Post- Task

Language Focus

Teacher writes five good phrases used by students and five incorrect phrases used and how to avoid those mistakes / errors in the future.

Learn More

If you want more lesson plans based on Task-Based Learning Approach, this is the page where you need to go right away: Task-Based Language Learning