Predicting Future Events

Hi Everyone,

Looks like Spring has finally arrived! 

Today we talked about predicting the future and to start off we reviewed future verb tenses here is the verb chart we went over in class

Future Verb Tense Used for Example
Future simple predictions, spontaneous reactions and promises I will go to class with you today.
Future with “going to” plans, events and things you see are about to occur We’re going to the lecture on financial markets next week.
Future perfect what will have been completed by a future moment in time I will have finished two chapters by tomorrow.
Future continuous what will be happening at a specific moment in time in the future I will be giving my lecture at two o’clock tomorrow afternoon.
Present continuous for the future scheduled events in the future We’re having leftovers for dinner tonight.

Take another look at the sentences we completed using these future verb tenses  Future Tenses Review and Practice

Today’s topic was predictions, what are they and what forms of future verbs do we use? We looked at the differences between using “be + going to” and “will”.                                   Generally we use “be + going to” with predictions based on evidence. Such as in the sentence – It’s going to rain, look at the clouds. – the evidence is the clouds.                                 And we use “will” for guesses like in the sentence – I think the Red Sox will win the World Series. – the guess is based on home team pride and hope.

Now time to  do some predicting of our own – first we watched a video “Serial Taxi” which is a murder mystery about a serial killer. The video introduced us to a taxi driver and his passenger on a rainy night , with the serial killer still at large. We paused the video in the middle and gathered the evidence and opinions we had so far and predicted what would happen….. well, take a look at the video and get ready for the surprise ending!!   


Next we used our predicting skills to something more scientific – The Marshmallow Test. This was a test conducted in the 1970s, by a professor at Stanford University, on 4 yr. old children who were put in a room with a table, chair, and plate with a marshmallow on it. The children were told that if they did not eat the marshmallow, after 15 minutes they would be given another one. The experiment was a test of self-control and the findings were that 1/3 of the children were able to not eat the marshmallow. Here’s the video of the testing of some of the children in the Stanford study (some of it is pretty funny!)   

Another video we watched on The Marshmallow Test, explained the test and the findings. We went over this vocabulary list related to the film Vocabulary Marshmallow Test  .Here is the Don’t Eat the Marshmallow Yet”  video with Joachin dePosada  

Lastly, we discussed the results of this study and some agreed and some disagreed with the findings. We wrapped up with a lively chat about self-control and instant gratification. Well done everyone!

Words of the day:

tricky (adjective) : difficult to do or deal with; using or likely to use dishonest tricks               Learning all these verb tenses in English can be tricky!

catastrophe (noun) : a terrible disaster                                                                                           The sinking of the South Korean ferry with all those school children aboard is a catastrophe for their families and the community.

surreal (adjective) : very strange or unusual ; having the quality of a dream                              The accident happened so quickly and unexpectedly, it felt surreal to me.

  Next week, May 2nd, Michelle LeBlanc from the Library’s Map Center, will be our guest speaker. She will talk with us about the Map Center and the new exhibit City of Neighborhoods. Come and join this great and interesting conversation with Michelle about our own neighborhoods!

 See you all next week!   Remember to relax and practice!