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Intermediate level


In this lesson, students learn about third conditional in the context of a short film about a couple who are talking about how the wife has found her husband. The lesson starts by highlighting the third conditional sentences in the film followed by clarification of meaning, form, and pronunciation. To consolidate the topic, there are controlled, semi-controlled, and free practices.


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Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of the third conditional in the context of a short film and expanding the TL through controlled to free practices.

Subsidiary Aims

  • After a series of activities focused on the main aim, the lesson ends with writing in the framework of the TL and speaking about their past decisions using the TL.


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

I am going to play a short clip which includes two third conditional sentences. After students have watched the film, I ask them to say what they have understood. This helps to activate their schemata and get them interested in the topic.

Highlighting and Clarification (8-10 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

The script of the film will be given out to the sts. They are required to read it and underline the sentences which include third conditional. After getting feedback from sts, the sentences will be projected on the WB for further analysis. Each sentence will be highlighted and shown on a different slide. The T asks the sts to say what the sentence means. The following CCQs will be used to elicit meaning: First sentence: - Did she find him? Yes. - Was it late? No. - When did these happen? In the past. Second sentence: - Did I forget my phone? Yes. - Was I on the road at that time? Yes. - When did these happen? In the past. After eliciting and clarifying the meaning, the form of the sentences will be elicited and written on the WB. In the end, the pronunciation will be clarified by highlighting the stress of the words in the sentence and intonation. Choral drills will be used to consolidate the pronunciation.

Controlled Practice (10-12 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

To check the understanding of the TL, 4 series of scrambled sentences have been chosen. Sts work in pairs to reorganize the cut-ups and make a third conditional sentence. I give one sentence at a time to each pair and ask them to call me over whenever they think thay have made the correct sentence. If they have the correct sentence, i will give them the next. This created a sense of competition in the class. After each pair completes a sentence, the T puts a mark under their names on the board. When the first pair has completed all the four sentences, the T asks other pairs to stop and look at the sentences which are being shown on the WB. Now each sentence will be clarified for meaning by eliciting from the sts.

Semi-Controlled Practice (Back-up material) (5-7 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

The beginnings of four third conditional sentences are given to sts. Sts work in pairs to complete them with their own sentences. The T monitors sts and supports them whenever they need help. The best sentences will be chosen and written on the WB. If necessary, clarifications will be elicited from sts.

Free Practice (10-12 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

A question will be projected on the WB: "Think of the biggest decision you have made for your life. How would your life have changed if you hadn’t made that decision? (at least 3 imaginary results)" Sts should think of three things and write it on the card. Then, the cards are shuffled and distributed among sts so that each S has a different card from their own. Sts will be asked to read aloud any sentence that they think is interesting.

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