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What the lesson is about

This is a PowerPoint introducing the near future tense in French. It can be used with both key stage 3 and key stage 4 pupils.

Aims: pupils will -

- identify a verb in its infinitive form;

- know how to form the near future tense.

Getting started

Show the pupils a series of infinitives: aller, avoir, prendre, jouer, vendre, manger, finir, ecouter, venire, regarder, etre. What do they think the three groups of infinitives are? Explain that infinitives fall into three groups according to their endings, -er, -re and -ir. Show them the grid from the presentation on the link below - can they find all the infinitives? Show them a series of sentences: I am going to watch TVJe vais regarder la tele; I am going to be lateJe vais etre en retard; I am going to the cinemaJe vais aller au cinema. Which part of those sentences makes the future tense?

Taking it further

Explain that to express what you are going to do in the future, you need to use "I am going" - Je vais - and the infinitive form of the verb, ending in -er, -ir, and -re. Show pupils pictures such as a football stadium, the Eiffel Tower, chocolates, a bike, and offer a range of alternative infinitives. Which one suits the picture best?

Where to find it

The PowerPoint, including pictures and worksheets, was uploaded by cthomas1983 and can be found at

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