Spanish Practice Activities: Making Plans for After High School

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Instructor: Chris Travis

Chris has a Ph.D in Hispanic Literature.

In this lesson, which focuses on the future tense, we listen to high school students discussing their future plans. We will use regular and irregular verbs while also learning valuable vocabulary.

Regular & Irregular Verbs in the Future

This lesson is designed to apply to future tense, rather than teach it from scratch, so if you need a more thorough review, check out our lessons covering the future tense. As a quick review, consider the regular verb comer: yo comeré, tú comerás, él comerá, nosotros comeremos, vosotros comeréis, ellos comerán, and consider the irregular verb salir: yo saldré, tú saldrás, él saldrá, nosotros saldremos, vosotros saldréis, ellos saldrán.

Listen to some more regular verbs, repeat them after I say them, and think about what they mean. Try to come up with the answer before it's provided:

  • Yo hablaré - I will speak
  • Juan y María estudiarán - Juan and María will study
  • Nosotros leeremos - We will read
  • Él se graduará - He will graduate

Although graduarse is a reflexive verb and requires the use of the reflexive pronoun 'se' in the third-person singular, we still consider it a regular verb. What about some irregulars?

  • Yo tendré - I will have
  • Nosotros saldremos - We will leave
  • Yo podré - I will be able to
  • Tú harás - You will do (or make)
  • Ustedes dirán - You (plural) will say

Conversations about the Future

Let's listen in on a group of students as they discuss their future. We will listen twice. The first time, just try to understand as much as possible. The second time, you can follow along with the script and identify the use of future tense verbs. You will then be challenged to recall certain details from the dialogue. Before we start, let's review some key vocabulary:

  • escuela secundaria - high school
  • ansioso/a - anxious
  • beca - scholarship/grant
  • mudarse - to move residence
  • gastos - expenses
  • matrícula - tuition
  • cuentas - bills
  • ayuda financiera - financial aid

Okay, here we go:

Kevin: Hola Federica y Carlos, ?cómo están? ?Ya decidieron qué harán después de graduarse de la escuela secundaria?

Federica says: ¿Qué haré? Qué haré. Creo que viviré en casa por tres meses. Mi padre tendrá tres viajes importantes y necesitaré ayudarle a mi mamá. Ella está muy ansiosa y tiene una vida muy agitada porque trabaja setenta horas por semana en el banco.

Carlos: Pero Fede, tú eres muy inteligente y recibiste notas excelentes. ¿No quieres continuar con tus estudios de literatura y hacerte profesora?

Federica: Yo regresaré a la universidad en un año, algún día conseguiré el título de doctora, y seré una profesora de literatura. ¿Y tú, Carlos?

Carlos: Tengo dos semestres más de escuela. Después de graduarme, me mudaré a Hollywood. Tendré una beca para estudiar la cinematografía, pero no empezaré hasta otoño.

Kevin: ¿Te pagarán todos los gastos de la escuela y la matrícula?

Carlos: No, necesito pagar la matrícula y no hay mucha ayuda financiera. Tendré que trabajar para pagar las cuentas.

Okay, did you hear what Federica wants to become? Did you pick up on why Carlos wants to move to Hollywood? How is he going to pay for school? Listen again, and you play the part of Carlos. I will leave you time to read his part. Also, we will highlight and make a list of future tense verbs:

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