The purpose of the lesson: Using will/won’t for making promises
Size of the class: 40 students
Age: 14 years old/grade 8
Length of the lesson: 40 minutes
This lesson is designed for beginner/low-intermediate students but of course it can be easily adapted for more advance levels (or for lower levels).
The teacher starts the lesson by writing on the board six promises, promises that later will be used in the lesson.
I won’t tell anyone.
I will always love you.
I will come back tomorrow.
I will write.
I will pay you back tomorrow.
This won’t hurt.
The teacher asks students what these phrases have in common.
Plumbers, construction workers, electricians etc. always make this promise. Of course they don’t keep it and the truth is very different.(1)
We always make this promise because we love hearing secrets. Of course, we don’t keep this promise and very soon everybody will know the secret.(2)
This is the favorite promise of doctors and dentists. Everybody knows it is a big lie.(3)
Personally, I made this promise to my new friends and I couldn’t keep it. By new friends I mean friends I made during a vacation or a long flight. We exchange e-mail addresses but I always loose it.(4)
Never borrow or lend money ... if that is possible. Money is Satan eyes; good friendships were destroyed because of the money.(5)
There is a famous song about this promise. People say that there is eternal love but for sure, this is the most difficult to keep promise.(6)
Students match the promise from stage 1 with the paragraphs from stage 2.
Match the bold words in the paragraphs of stage 2 with the definitions.
____ means last forever. (eternal)
____ means that only one person (or a very small group of people) knows it. (secret)
____ is a person who repairs water pipes, toilets etc. (plumber)
____ means to put an end to the existence of (something) by damaging or attacking it. (destroy)
____ means to give something and receive something of the same kind in return. (exchange)
Look at the cartoons, what do you think the people are saying?
(The answers are in order but if students find the task difficult then the possible answers can be shown)
I will wear a dress tonight.
I will take the chicken.
I will answer it.
I will go now to buy.
I will help you.
I will kill it.
I won’t be late.
In which picture(s) people are making a promise, making a decision, or offering to do something. In which situations we should use “will”?