Getting Ready

Do you hope to do these things in the future? Check (✓) your answers and compare them with a partner.




be rich

be famous

travel to another country

graduate from college

move to another city

have a job I love

get married

have children

buy a house

learn a new sport or hobby

learn a new language

other: ……………….


Your own answers

Listening 1

People are talking about their hopes for the future. Listen and number the pictures.

Answer & Transcript

A 5   B 6   C 3   D 4   E 1   F 2



A:   I hope to be famous someday.

B:   Really? Famous for what?

A:   Oh, it doesn’t really matter. Maybe I’ll be a singer, or an actor… or maybe a professional baseball player.

B:   Well, good luck!


A:   I don’t care about making a lot of money. I just want to have a job that I love.

B:   Really? What kind of work do you want to do?

A:   I’m not sure yet. Maybe be a doctor. But I want to be look forward to going to work every day.


A:   I love children. I hope to have a big family.

B:   Oh? How many children do you want to have?

A:   Oh, maybe four or five.

B:   Four or five? Better you than me!


A:   I’ve always dreamed of learning to surf.

B:   Surf? Isn’t surfing difficult? And dangerous?

A:   Well, yeah, but I’ve heard it’s lots of fun. I really want to try it.

B:   Okay, okay. But maybe you should learn to swim first.

A:   Yeah, I guess so.


A:   I really hope to graduate from college.

B:   That’s great. What college do you want to go to?

A:   Oh, I’m still in high school. I’m studying for my exams at the moment.

B:   Oh. Well, study hard. And good luck!


A:   My dream is to have a big house someday.

B:   Really?

A:   Yeah. I want four bedrooms, a big yard, a 3-car garage, a pool…

B:   Hey, sounds nice. Can I come visit?

Listening 2

Task 1

People are talking about their summer plans. What is each person going to do? Listen and circle the correct answer.

1   Molly is going to …………………….. .

     a   study for exams

     b   take exams

     c   have fun

2   Peter is going to …………………….. .

     a   go to the movies

     b   get a part-time job

     c   relax

3   Cara is going to …………………….. .

     a   go on a trip with her grandparents

     b   visit her grandparents

     c   visit her friends

4   John is going to …………………….. .

     a   visit friends in Spain

     b   study Spanish in Mexico

     c   study Spanish in Spain

5   Nick is going to …………………….. .

     a   study

     b   relax

     c   get a job

6   Julia is going to …………………….. .

     a   travel for work

     b   hang out with her friends

     c   take care of her sister


1 a   2 b   3 b   4 c   5 b   6 c

Task 2

Listen again. Is each person looking forward to their summer plans? Check (✓) the correct answer.


Looking forward to the summer

Not looking forward to the summer

1   Molly

2   Peter

3   Cara

4   John

5   Nick

6   Julia

Answer & Transcript

1   Not looking forward to the summer

2   Not looking forward to the summer

3   Looking forward to the summer

4   Looking forward to the summer

5   Looking forward to the summer

6   Not looking forward to the summer



Well, unfortunately this summer I’m going to study for my exams. I’d like to take a vacation, but this is my last summer for studying… my exams are next spring. Next summer I can have fun!


I’m going to try to get a part-time job. I think I might work at a clothing store or a movie theater. I wish I could just relax this summer, but I really need to make money.


I’m going to visit my grandparents this summer. I haven’t seen them for a few years, and it’ll be great to spend time with them. I’ll miss my friends, but I know we’ll text all the time as usual!


I’m going to study Spanish in Spain this summer. I’m going to live with a Spanish family, so I’ll have to speak Spanish all the time. I’m kind of nervous, but really excited. I hope to make lots of new friends and improve my Spanish!


Actually, I don’t have big plans for the summer. I’ll probably just hang around at home and play video games and sleep a lot. I’m always studying during the school year, and I had a job last summer, so it’ll be nice to just relax and take it easy for a change.


I’m going to spend most of the summer babysitting for my little sister. My parents both have to travel a lot for work, and my sister is too young to stay home by herself. It’s not really fair; I’d rather hang out with my friends.

Listening 3

Task 1

College students are talking about their plans for after they graduate. Listen and circle the correct statement.

1   a   Jake wants to travel to Africa.

     b   Jake wants to travel to North America.

     c   Jake has enough money to travel

2   a   Libby is going to law school after she graduates.

     b   Libby has to go to medical school for six years.

     c   Libby doesn’t really want to be a doctor.

3   a   Mary is going to get an apartment with her sister.

     b   Mary wants to live close to her family.

     c   It will be easy to find an apartment near the beach.

4   a   Matt wants to be an actor.

     b   Matt moved to Hollywood last week.

     c   Matt is going to be in a movie called The Surprise.

5  a   Zach is getting married after he graduates.

     b   Zach is marrying his girlfriend, Eva.

     c   Zach has been going out with Elizabeth for a long time.

6   a   Kristin has a new job.

     b   Kristin is looking for a job.

     c   Kristin wants to be a teacher.


1 2 b   3 b   4 a   5 a   6 b

Task 2

Listen again. Are they sure or not sure about their plans? Listen and check (✓) the correct answer.



Not sure

1   Jake

2   Libby

3   Mary

4   Matt

5   Zach

6   Kristin

Answer & Transcript

1 Not sure   2 Sure   3 Not sure

4 Sure   5 Sure   6 Not sure



A:   So, Jake, any plans for after you graduate?

B:   Well, I don’t think I want to get a job right away. I might want to travel.

A:   Really? Where do you want to go?

B:   Well, it would be great to go to Africa… and maybe South America. Oh, and China.

A:   Wow!

B:   But I’ll have to make some money first, I guess… maybe get a job…


A:   What are you doing after you graduate, Libby?

B:   I’m going to medical school.

A:   You’re kidding… more school?

B:   Yeah, it’ll take six years to get my medical degree.

A:   Well, good for you. I know you’ll be a great doctor.


A:   What are you going to do after you graduate, Mary?

B:   I might try to find my own apartment.

A:   Where do you want to live?

B:   I’m not sure. I want to live near my family, but I dream about living close to the beach.

A:   That’s a hard decision.

B:   It will probably be difficult to find an apartment by the beach.


A:   What are you going to do after you graduate, Matt?

B:   I’m going to be an actor. I’m moving to Hollywood next week!

A:   Do you have an acting job already?

B:   Oh, that’s going to be a surprise!


A:   What are you planning to do after graduation, Zach?

B:   I’m getting married!

A:   Really! That’s exciting! You and Eva are such a perfect couple!

B:   Eva? We broke up last year! I’m marrying my new girlfriend, Elizabeth.

A:   Wow! Things change fast!


A:   I can’t believe we’re graduating next week.

B:   Neither can I. So, what are you going to do next, Kristin?

A:   I have no idea. I’ve been looking for a job, but haven’t had any luck.

B:   What kind of job do you want?

A:   Oh, just about anything. I don’t know…

Conversation Corner: Talking about plans and hopes

Task 1

Listen to the conversation. Write the missing words.

A:   What are you …………… …………… do after you graduate, Evan?

B:   Well, I hope …………… …………… around the world.

A:   Really? Cool! Where do you want to go?

B:   Let’s see… first I’m …………… …………… go to Singapore, then Australia.

A:   That’s so exciting. Are you going to travel alone?

B:   Well, I’d …………… …………… travel with a friend. Hey, do you want to come with me?

A:   That would be great! But I’m going to start a new job in August.

B:   Oh. Well, let me know if you …………… your mind.

Task 2

Practice the conversation with a partner. Be sure to reduce want to, going to, and hope to.

Answer & Transcript

A:   What are you going to do after you graduate, Evan?

B:   Well, I hope to travel around the world.

A:   Really? Cool! Where do you want to go?

B:   Let’s see… first I’m going to go to Singapore, then Australia.

A:   That’s so exciting. Are you going to travel alone?

B:   Well, I’d like to travel with a friend. Hey, do you want to come with me?

A:   That would be great! But I’m going to start a new job in August.

B:   Oh. Well, let me know if you change your mind.

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