ESL Conversation Questions About the Future

Instructor: Jesse Richter

Jesse holds two masters, a doctorate and has 15 years of academic experience in areas of education, linguistics, business and science across five continents.

Are you looking for some fun ways to teach future verb tenses and critical thinking skills? This lesson provides conversation question ideas about the future for ESL students. These can be implemented in pairs, groups or whole group classroom settings.

Let's Talk About the Future!

Discussion topics about the future help students practice important grammar structures and also encourage critical thinking skills such as planning, examining cause and effect relationships, and practicing time management. Talking about the future is also a fun way to be creative and encourage students to explore all of life's endless possibilities!

Preliminary Considerations


Let's examine the image above; notice the vocabulary and grammar structures used for talking about things in the future. It may be helpful to brainstorm a list of these terms and others for classroom integration. For implementation, you might get students involved by helping to prepare worksheets, color coded cards, etc.

ESL Conversation Questions: The Future

Here are some ready-to-go questions that may easily be modified according to your teaching objectives and student needs:

  • What would you like to do next weekend?
  • Does your family have any plans for summer vacation?
  • What would you like to accomplish in the next 5 years?
  • How do you think our world will be different in 10 years?
  • If you could design the future, what would you do to make the world a better place?
  • How do you think technology will evolve in the future?
  • What are you looking forward to this school year?
  • How would you like to spend your next birthday?
  • If you could travel all around the world for the next 100 days, where would you go and why?
  • If you could live in the future, what year would you go to and what would you expect to see?
  • What new inventions do you think we will see 3 years from now?
  • What do you think will happen with climate change in your lifetime?
  • What are your goals for this school year?
  • At this point, one year from now, what would you like to be doing in your life?
  • What are some things you are certain will happen this month?
  • What are some things that are unlikely to happen this month?
  • When do you think people will be able to live on another planet, and how do you think we can do it?
  • What is the future of education? . . . of the economy? . . . of globalization?
  • What are some of your own questions you would like to ask about the future?

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