Unit 7 (seven) Planning a Weekend Trip. (Preparando un viaje de fin de semana)

In this unit you will do exercises to help you speak about future activities.

Exercise 1

Act out the following dialogue with a partner.

Jessica is talking to her friend Sue in the street when she suddenly has an accident…

Jessica: … well, excuse me, I have to hurry go home now. Bye, I will see you later.

Sue: Watch out! You’re going to fall into that hole.

Jessica: Help! I’m going to faint.

Sue: Don’t worry! I’ll call an ambulance.

  1. A.Underline the language forms used to talk about the future. Can you notice the difference between the use of will and be + going to? The following grammar focus will help you.

Read the following information. Then do the exercises.

We use will and be+ going to talk about the future, but they have different language uses. Notice their difference.

Will is used Be+going to is used

1. To express on-the-spot decisions 1. To express things already decided.

e.g., It’s cold. I’ll close the window. in the near future; e.g.,

He’s going to fly to Rome tomorrow.

2. To express predictions, promises, etc. 2. To express intention; e.g.,

e.g., It’ll rain tomorrow. He likes acting. He’s going to be an


3. When it is not certain that something will 3. When there is evidence that

happen, but it is just a prediction, e.g., something will definitely happen;

If he comes early, he will go to the movies. E.g., Watch out! You are going to

fall over.

  1. B.Select the rules that best explain the use of will and be+going to in the previous conversation between Jessica and Sue.

Exercise 2.1

Work with a partner. Match the expressions of Column A to the corresponding ones from Column B. Use either be+going to or will.

Column A Column B

A: What do you want to do after senior B: I’m not sure about that. I think I

high school? ( am going to/will) visit Soroa.

A: There is a blackout. I (will/am going to) B: I decided that already. I (will/ going to)

go to bed early. be a teacher.

A: What do you intend to do on vacation? B: You know I can’t sleep now. I (will/am

going to) do the homework.

A: How do you feel today? B: It (is going to/will) rain tomorrow.

A: Look! The bottle is falling down the table. B: I have a fever. I (will/ am going to)

have a terrible cold.

A: What about the weather for tomorrow? B: It (will/is going to ) break into pieces.

Exercise 2.2.

Work with a partner. Use will or be+going to where necessary.

1. A: What do you want to do when you leave school?

B: I------------- be a dancer.

2. A: I think the house is no fire!

B: I --------------- phone the fire brigade.

3. A: I’ll get the sugar from the cupboard.

B: Be careful! You ------------Hit your head on the door.

4. A: Did you finish those letters?

B: No, I didn’t. I --------------- stay late and finish them.

5. A: ----------------- you have another cake?

B: No thank you, I had two.

6. A: Do you want to go to the park this afternoon?

B: I can’t. I ---------------- visit my grandparents.

7. A: This box is very heavy!

B: I ------------------- carry it for you.

8. A: ------------------------ you open the window, please?

B: No, it’s too cold in here.

9. A: Did you buy a birthday present for Sally?

B: Yes. I ----------------- give her a box of chocolates.

10. A: I lost my pen.

B: I -------------- give you one of mine.

11. A: Did you see Sue today?

B: No, but I expect she ----------------------- telephone me tonight.

12. A: Put your money in your pocket or you -------------------- lose it.

B: It’s O.K. It’s safer in my bag.

13. A: Did you decide what to study at university?

B: Yes, I --------------- study Biology.

14. A: Do you want to borrow my bike?

B: Thanks. I --------------- bring it back tonight.

15. A: The house is very dirty!

B: I know. I ----------------- clean it this afternoon.

Exercise 3

Try to understand the letter that Bill received from his friend Beth. Provide the correct language form with that purpose. Use will or be+going to .

Dear Bill,

Guess what! I ----------------- come to Cuba for a couple of days next week.

My plane ---------------- arrive in Havana at 16.30 next Wednesday. I -----------stay at The National Hotel . Our friend Jessica ------------- meet me at the airport. We ----------- eat with some of her friends in the evening .While in Cuba , I --------------- visit as many of the sights as possible. If you are free, we ------------ go all together next Friday.

Give me a ring at the hotel.

Best wishes,


Exercise 4:

Read Beth’s previous letter to Bill again, then act out the following conversation with one of your partners.

Situation: Bill meets his friend Jessica in the street and says...

Bill: Do you know I received a letter from Beth last week?

Jessica: Oh! Please tell me something new about her.

Bill: ---------------------------------- next week.

Jessica: Yes, I know, but where --------------------------------?

Bill: At The National Hotel. Did you receive any e-mail from her recently?

Jessica: No so recently. I only know she ---------------------------------------- next Wednesday. After that we ----------------------------------------------------------------- join us?

Bill: I think I wont. I --------------------------------------------- next Wednesday evening.

Jessica: What else -------------------------------------- in Cuba.

Bill: She---------------------------------------------.

Jessica: Okay, Bill, I ------------------------------------ next Wednesday. See you later!

Bill: Bye, Jessica!

Exercise 5: Work with a partner and act out the following situations orally.

Student A: You have a list of activities you intend to do next week. You want to

determine the best options to invite your friend Beth . Then you need your

classmates’ opinions. Refer to your plan for next week. You may use the

following information:

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday


Trip to Baseball Lunch at Dancing at Watching Reading Barbecue

Varadero game in the La Roca The Comodoro Jaws at The Man at the

Beach. Olympic Restaurant. Disco. Yara and the Botanic

Stadium. Movies. Sea. Garden.

Student B: Your friend needs your point of view about his plan of leisure activities for next

week. Give your own opinion about each of them. You may use the following

expressions and reasons.

Expressions: Simple reasons:

I really don’t like that... It’s too boring/ awful/ bad/ far/etc.

I think/ believe/ feel... It’s fine/ wonderful/ terrific/ etc.

Exercise 6

Read this information and then do the exercises.

She can speak French.

She may go home now.

I can play the piano.

You may come in.

Exercise 6. 1

  1. a)Practice the following conversation with a partner.

A: Can you work with the computer? ( ability)

B: No, I can’t; but I can type. ( ability)

A: May (or could) I use it? (permission)

B: No, you may (or can) not; but you could (or may) use my typewriter if it is okay. (prohibition and possibility)

A: I won´t stay for long. It may rain this afternoon. ( possibility)

  1. b)Can you sum up the uses of can, could and may? Do it using your own words.

Exercise 7:

a) Act out the following conversation with a partner. He/ she will play the roles of Mum or Dad.

Nick: Can I go to a party on Saturday?

Mum: yes --------------

Nick: -------------------- at the party until midnight?

Dad: No, you can’t.

  1. c)Now ask and answer as in the previous exercise. Your partner will be in the position either of Mum or Dad. Refer to the following activities:
    1. nStay in bed until eleven o’clock.
    2. nGo to beach with my friends.
    3. nWatch the football match on television.
    4. nGo to the movies.
    5. nDance till midnight in the disco, etc. You choose!

Exercise 8:

  1. a)Ask and answer questions about the persons given. Use the following chart. Work with a partner.

Persons: Use a computer: Cook: Type: Ride on a horse back:

George X X

Jenny X X

Laura and Emma X X X

You X

Student A Student B


Can George use a computer ? -----------------------------

________________ cook? No, he can’t/ can not.

________________ type? Yes, __________________

________________ ride on a horseback? ---------------------------------


________________________ _______________________

________________________ _______________________

Laura and Emma.

----------------------------------- ----------------------------------

------------------------------------ ----------------------------------

----------------------------------- -----------------------------------


------------------------------------- ------------------------------------

  1. b)Sum up the previous persons’ abilities in the written form.

George ----- use a computer and ---------, but he -------------cook or ride on a horseback.

Jenny... etc.

Exercise 9: Please read Beth’s letter to Bill again. Now tell Jessica your opinion about the possible activities Beth may do in Cuba. Work with a partner.

Exercise 10: Game Guess What.

Answer the questions. Do not let other students see what you write.

  1. 1.What are you going to do when the class finishes?
  2. 2.What is the first thing you are going to do when you get home?
  3. 3.What are you going to watch on TV tonight?
  4. 4.What are you going to eat tonight?
  5. 5.What will you do if it rains.

Work in groups.

In turns, guess what other people are going to do for each of the questions. You win 5 points for each correct guess. Example:

I think you are going to play football when the class finishes.


Bill decided to write a letter to his English friend, Beth, in order to tell her some good news. Answer the questions.

287 Obispo Street

Old Havana

Havana, Cuba

Saturday, June 3rd, 2001

Dear Beth,

Good news! The university is going to send me and Jessica to England. We are going to fly to London on Sunday 15 July and we are arriving the next day at 3 p.m.

First, I’m going to spend two weeks at the Science Museum in London. Jessica and her friend Lily are going to visit Oxford University. Then, we are all going to spend a week with some scientists in Brighton. In the second week of August, we are going to drive to Scotland. We are going to visit a research center. In September, I’m going to travel round some European universities by car.

Are you going to be in London in July? Can we stay with you? I hope so!

See you soon,



How are Nick and Tracy? Can we take them to Scotland?

  1. A.Say Right, Wrong, or I don’t know:

1. Bill is going to England alone.

2. Jessica, Bill and Lily are tourists.

3. Bill, Jessica and Lily are going to visit the same places in England.

  1. 4.Bill and Jessica are going to meet Beth in England.
  2. 5.Bill is going to visit Oxford University.

6.. They are going to travel to England by plane.

B. Answer the following questions about the text.
1.When are Jessica, Lily and Bill going to go to the U.K.?

2. What for is Bill going to England?

3. How many places are Bill, Jessica and Lily going to visit in England?

4. How many months is Bill going to stay in England?

5. Can any of the three Cubans drive a car? How do you know that?

6. Why did Bill decide to send this letter to Beth in June?

Exercise 12

Project work

Fill in the diary page with your own plans for next summer vacation. Gather some information about different important historical and natural resorts. Be ready to discuss that in class.

Summer vacation diary.

Month: Week: Activities to do: Places to visit:

July 1st




August. 1st




Note: The following information may be helpful. You can also find some other information in the school library.

The Escambray Mountains.

The Escambray Mountains are full of their own life. Placed in Sancti Spiritus Province , 377 kilometers from Havana, this resort allows you to do different activities and visit a lot of some other beautiful places. Everywhere in these wooded hills, people walk, ride horses, cultivate coffee plantations and tend the great forests so that the trees will grow more robust. There are plenty of rivers and water resorts where to swim, fish or simply take photographs.

Places to visit:

Other nearby destinations.


What are you gonna do today? (SONG)


  1. 1.What are you gonna do today?
  2. 2.Oh, what are you gonna do?
  3. 3.Sometimes I work, and sometimes I play.
  4. 4.Oh, what are you gonna do today?

Verse 1

5. I’ll wake up and have a coffee,

  1. 6.Then make some scrambled eggs.
  2. 7.And when I finished eating
  3. 8.I’ll get up and stretch my legs.

(Repeat Chorus)

Verse 2

  1. 9.I’ll do some grocery shopping

10. (he fridge at home is bare).

11. And then I’ll go and buy some clothes;

12. I haven’t a thing to wear.

(Repeat Chorus)

Verse 3

13. Tonight I may go dancing

14. Or see a movie instead.

15. Then I might watch television

16. Before I go to bed.

(Repeat Chorus twice)


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