Inside: Are you struggling to teach the Future tense in Spanish class? Are you wondering how to introduce the Ir a + Infinitive Verb future tense in Spanish 1 and the simple future tense in Spanish 2 and beyond? f you are looking for a ready-to-go unit using the Spanish Super 7 verbs in the future tense, plus future weekend chat and seasonal ways to review the future tense, this post is for you.
How to Teach the Future Tense in Spanish Class
I know that in many curriculums and textbooks, Ir a + Infinitive Verb future tense is introduced in Spanish 1. I actually introduce “va a” in my High-Frequency Verb Unit to Start Spanish 1. Then for the first years of class that is the form of the future we most commonly use to talk about our upcoming weekend or future break. You can see my rough Mis Clases Locas Curriculum for Spanish 1-4 to get a feel of how I have structured my year in the past.
Quite often most curriculums wait to introduce the simple future tense until about Spanish 3 or even Spanish 4. I am not exactly sure why, since it is a much easier form to learn than the Preterite & Imperfect.
This post will have ideas for both of those forms of the future tense in Spanish class.
How to Teach the Simple Future Tense in Spanish Class
If you want to teach the simple future using comprehensible input strategies, such as Persona Especial, see the unit and activity below.
This Future tense 2-week unit is perfect for in-person instruction to introduce or review the Future tense, focusing on the Super 7 verbs. The Super 7 verbs include forms of: será, tendrá, irá, habrá, estará, querrá, hará. Introduce these verbs while helping students build a positive classroom community with special person interviews. Learn more about how to use units like this in How to use High-Frequency Verb Units.
Additionally, there is an interpersonal speaking and presentational writing activity to review the above future unit. This Super 7 Find Someone Who is perfect to review before an assessment. See the blog post Find Someone Who Spanish Interpersonal Speaking for ways to mix up this activity.
Finally, all of the Future Super 7 activities above are together in this money-saving Future Bundle in my shop OR Super 7 future bundle on TPT. This is a clear choice if you want both the unit and the review activity.
How to Teach ir + a future tense in Spanish Class
I typically introduce Ir a + Infinitive Verb future tense in the first unit of Spanish 1. I introduce “va a” in my High-Frequency Verb Unit to Start Spanish 1. That is why this is the form of the future we most commonly use to talk about our upcoming weekend or future break right away in novice Spanish classes. You can see below how I use it for any Friday, or before specific breaks.
Future Weekend Chat using ir + a + infinitive
I introduce and recycle the future all year long with routines like future weekend talk using ir + a + infinitive. You can start these in early Spanish 1, after doing a present tense Super 7 unit introducing ir + a. Get lots of repetitions of “voy a” on any Friday to talk about future weekend plans. This could be a routine to start class each Friday, or an easy time filler to pull out at the end of class when you finish up a Friday quiz or activity.
If you are in person the Future Weekend Chat Find Someone Who is great to get students up and moving. See Find Someone Who to learn about socially distanced and digital adaptations for this school year.
The Future Weekend Chat Digital Slides can easily be added to your daily slides for Friday as a class opener, brain break, or end-of-class discussion. They also work great to project during remote learning. See 10 Ways to Mix Up Weekend Talk for more ideas as well.
Pre-Break Activities using ir + a future
Days before any break are always a struggle of what to do. Students are typically super chatty, so letting them actually talk about their future break can be helpful. Here are some future tense activities to use before a break in chronological order of the year when you could use them.
Future Tense in Spanish Class
The above resources will help you introduce or review the Future Tense in Spanish class. Plus, this Future Bundle includes all of my in-person favorites. Get the High-Frequency Verbs Mega Bundle for the best deal overall. Do you have more ideas of how you use the Future tense? Please share!
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