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P#8 Zero Conditional
Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will learn about the zero conditional in the context of movie theater regulations. They will watch videos showing common rules in the cinema.


Main Aims

  • To provide clarification of the zero conditional in the context of movie theater regulations.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide detailed reading practice using a video with text about movie theater regulations in the context of common rules that are broken while watching a movie.


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students in movie theaters.

Teacher shows the students the Mr. Bean video. After they have watched it, teacher puts these questions on the board: Where is Mr. Bean? What is he not allowed to do? After students discuss with a partner, class quickly points out the rules. "Today we are starting with watching a video. Please silence your cell phones and enjoy the video."

Exposure (5-8 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through reading/listening

Teacher takes one example of what Mr. Bean isn't allowed to do (For example) and writes: If you're hungry,". What could you do if you're hungry at the theater? What could buy? Elicit refreshment. Teacher can re-play that part in the video. Write the example: "If you're hungry, buy a refreshment." Go through part by part eliciting the parts: If+present form, present form. This is used for things that generally happen or that are facts. These are rules so we use the imperative in zero conditional.

Useful Language (5-6 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for coming productive tasks

Teacher goes over Preview, Rustle, credits, throw out, patron, refreshments. Teacher refers to Language analysis, eliciting the meaning, drilling the language, and showing word stress.

Productive Task(s) (15-16 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

Teacher explains that the class will watch a movie theater's rules. Teacher will then hand the students activity 1 and have them read over the questions they will be answering. Students watch "The Golden Rules of the Movie Theater" two times. As they watch they fill out Activity 1. Students then go over their answers with a partner. Teacher then asks which questions are using the zero conditional. Re-stating that these are all general truths. Teacher then mixes the class and puts them in to two groups. Teacher then gets Activity 2 explains that the students will be putting the words in a sentence. The team who puts the words in the correct sentence order wins that round. Whichever team wins the most rounds win the whole game.

Feedback and Error Correction (8-10 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

Teacher then has the students come up with an example of their own. They will then shar with a different partners and put their answer on the board and, as a class, we will make our "own" movie theater rules. After everyone writes, teacher corrects any that need correcting with the class. End class on praising them on good work.

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