Apr 12, 2009

I, Robot: Future - Will

This segment provides you with an excellent opportunity to have students practice "will" to talk about the future. Here you can integrate listening, speaking and grammar in a contextualized manner. Besides, the segment is so gripping, full of food for thought and conversation!

Before watching the segment:

Discuss the following questions with a partner:

1) Are you optimistic or pessimistic about the future?

2) How different will your city be in the year 2035?

3) How would you describe your city in 2035?

4) What will be better and what will be worse then?

5) Do you think robots will be common in 2035?

6) What tasks will robots have?

7) Will life be better if humans share their space with robots?

8) Would you like to have a personal robot to help/protect you?

Read the sentences below. Check the ones that you think will be true in Chicago, 2035.

( ) All electronic appliances are modern.

( ) People live in very comfortable homes.

( ) Mail is delivered by robots.

( ) People and robots share the streets.

( ) Robots walk dogs for their owners.

( ) Litter collecting is done by robots.

( ) People wear the same kinds of clothes we do today.

( ) Robots rob people.

( ) Robots protect people.

Now watch the movie segments and write the sentences above using will/won't, according to what you see in the segment.

Ex:1 -Not all electronic appliances will be modern.

2 - People won't live in comfortable homes.

3 - Mail will be delivered by robots.

Talk to a partner:
1 - Do you think the film shows a possible reality of the future? Justify it.
2 - Would you like to live in a world like the one in the movie? Why (not)?
3 - What did you like best about the future presented in the segment?

How to develop your own video activity:

- Select a scene that takes place in the future.

- Have students work in pairs to predict what the future will be like in the future.

- Write some sentences with true and false information about the future, according to the movie segment.

- The students check the ones they believe will be true by then.

- The students write affirmative or negative statements with the target grammar point about the items you have developed for the warm-up exercise.


Karenne Sylvester said...

Hi Claudio,

Great post and really great activity - do wish you had a pdf to download though, that way it'd be something that the students could print out themselves or teachers could give them. Or maybe you can use a pdf function like from eco-safe?

Take care,

Claudio Azevedo said...

Thanks, Karenne. Glad you liked it. It hadn't been my intention to design the blog with pdf functions, but I will think about providing it as well. Thanks for visiting and for the suggestion.

Claudio Azevedo said...

Thanks. I'll check it out.

Dominic Cole said...

Great site altogether - fantastic work. Just made you my inaugural website of the week on my blog. Keep it up!!

Claudio Azevedo said...

Thanks, Dominic. I have just checked your blog out and it is very useful. Thanks for promoting mine

Leila said...


Isn't there a way that we could download this segment? Because I don't have internet access in the classroom and i'd love to use this in my class...

Claudio Azevedo said...


Check ou on the side bar. Click where you see DOWNLOADING SEGMENTS. There you can see how you can download the segments, which is very easy. Let me know if you managed

Leila said...

Thanks a lot Claudio! I have installed the Real Player and the problem was that I was using Mozilla instead of Internet explorer.

Claudio Azevedo said...

I didn't know it would not work with Mozilla, but I'm glad you have managed. See you.

Unknown said...

Hi Claudio,

Great blog, i'm rozitah from Malaysia. I'll be using yr ideas for my assessment in class. I hv the cd.
Thanks again...

Fabi said...

Love your blog, your work is amazing ! I just wish the videos had better definition, it's very hard to use them enlarged, even on a computer full screen mode...

Claudio Azevedo said...

Dear Fabi,
Ther is a limit for the MB size of the movies that can be posted at BLOGSPOT. That's why the quality is not the best one, especially in the older activities.

Rafal said...

Hi Claudio,

There seem to be an error in the segment. It goes back to beginning at one point

Love your blog:)


Claudio Azevedo said...

Thanks. Yes, there really was a problem with the video. I have just uploaded a new version. Check it out. Thanks for the warning.

Unknown said...

Great job Claudio...Your blog is indicated for other people, cause is wonder... Tks

Anonymous said...

Dear Claudio,

I want to thank you with all my heart for all the work you have done with this web site. It's an amazing source of activities which I've been using in my classroom since I found it two years ago or so. Sorry, it took me a while to post this comment of gratitude, but it's better late than never, right? :) Well, thank you many times, it's a masterpiece, and there's nothing similar to your blog in size and content, at least I haven't seen it.

Best regards,

Claudio Azevedo said...

Thanks for your mtivating words. It makes me keep moving. See you, Elena.

Unknown said...


Claudio Azevedo said...

Thanks for the feedback, Paola. Glad it worked