Simple Future: How do we REALLY talk about the future in English?
Will, be going to, present continuous, present simple, future perfect, future continuous, modals – even on occasion past tenses. There are a number of different ways to talk about the future in English. In this session, we'll look at how future time has traditionally been presented in coursebooks and grammar books in terms of function, and explore how helpful that approach is for our students – and, indeed, how accurate. We'll then look at the role formality, emphasis and sentence structure play in determining how we can and should talk about future situations.
Malcolm Mann is an English language teacher and materials writer. He is the author or co-author of numerous ELT courses, including the Optimise, Laser and Destination series (all published by Macmillan), and has given presentations in many countries around the world. Malcolm lives and works in Greece, where he's responsible for the production of several levels of the L.A.A.S. English language exams. He is a former Chairperson of TESOL Greece. In his spare time, he's a partner in a bike shop and a cafe/bar in Athens.