How Good Are You at Planning?

Stefanie Simmons - author of the lesson   Stefanie I September 23, 2022
General English, Speaking Lessons
A1 Beginner
Be Going To
Grammar, Speaking, Vocabulary
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
45 minutes
Screenshot of a beginner's English lesson for adults on making future plans, focusing on the structure "be going to + verb."

Lesson Overview

Are you a laid-back planner or do you strictly adhere to a "game plan"? In this lesson, students will engage in discussions centered on making plans for the future. This lesson is supplemented with audio content highlighting a real-life work issue. Additionally, participants will learn and employ the use and structure of “be going to + verb”, complemented by specific vocabulary tailored to this theme. Furthermore, the module includes a plethora of interactive discussions and worksheets, meticulously crafted for both adults and teenagers.

Lesson Objectives

  • Grammar: Learners will understand and practice the use and structure of “be going to + verb” for expressing plans and intentions. This includes forming affirmative sentences, questions, and negations using "be going to." Examples from the lesson include "I’m going to go to Brazil," "We’re going to meet Sarah next week," and "They are not going to drive a car."

  • Listening: Students will enhance their listening skills through an audio clip discussing a work-related issue and plans to address it. They will practice identifying specific details about future plans mentioned in the conversation, such as "They’re going to have a meeting with the boss" and "George is going to take the boss to lunch."

  • Speaking: The lesson encourages speaking activities where students discuss their own plans for various scenarios, using "be going to" to express future actions. This encourages sharing personal intentions, such as weekend plans, vacation ideas, or academic goals, and discussing hypothetical situations like winning a lottery.

  • Vocabulary: Vocabulary related to planning and future intentions will be introduced and practiced. This includes verbs that commonly follow "be going to," such as "go," "meet," "take," and "eat," as well as nouns and phrases related to specific planning contexts, such as "vacation," "new year," "career," and "university."

  • Homework: Homework tasks will reinforce the lesson's focus on "be going to" for expressing future plans. Students will choose the correct options to complete sentences about making plans, fill in blanks with appropriate verbs to express future actions and use "be going to" with phrases to describe what different people are planning to do.


Listen to the audio to learn how two coworkers react to a stressful work situation. Some people perform well under pressure, while others crumble at the first sight of it. For these two employees, an unfinished project at work can mean an unpredictable reaction from their boss.

Audio Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

HR (human resources) [noun]: the department in a company that helps in the hiring process, keeps records of all the employees, and assists with any problems
benefits [noun]: extra money or other advantages that you get as a part of your job
long-term [adjective]: happening or continuing for many years or far into the future
career [noun]: the job or series of jobs that you do during your working life
quit [verb]: to leave a job or place; to stop doing something
wealthy [adjective]: having a lot of money; rich
retiree [noun]: a person who stopped working because they have reached a certain age
graduate [noun]: a person who finished their school, college, or university
spontaneous [adjective]: happening in a natural, often sudden way, without any planning
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