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Grammar: The conditionals
Upper-intermediate level


In this lesson, students will learn the conditional through a guided discovery. All the model sentences are included in a reading passage about the famous actor Arnold Schwarzenegger.


Abc Hand-outs
Abc Ss' Book P.57

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification of the Conditionals in the context of the many faces of Arnold Schwarzenegger

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation talking about themselves in the context of different life situations


Lead in (3-5 minutes) • To generate interest in the topic of the lesson

I will display a picture of Arnie and I'll ask the students if they would like to meet him and if so what they would like to say to him. Ss do the pair check.To accept all the answers.

First Test (diagnostic) (8-10 minutes) • To test the learners' current knowledge of and ability to use the language and identify what the issues are

To give clear instructions concerning the hang-outs. Ss will underline the conditional clauses in the sentences. then check in pairs. WCFB will be done after that. To ask the students more questions about the sentences e.g. Do the conditional clauses and the results refer to the present, the future or the past? Are they real or unreal conditionals? Ss work n pairs, then, I will give them WCFB.

Teach (Clarifying) (8-10 minutes) • To clarify issues learners had with meaning so learners understand it better - To clarify issues learners had with pronunciation so they know how to say it better. - To clarify issues with form so that learners know how to construct it better.

Ss will fill in a guided discovery form concerning the conditionals. They can then check in pairs. Ss can write the answers on the board. I will give them the WCFB. I will introduce other conditional words e.g. unless, on condition that, provided that, providing that, as long as, so long as. Ss form sentences using those words.

Second Test (Controlled Practice) - ( Free Practice) (15-20 minutes) • -To provide controlled oral/written practice focused on using the language accurately. - To test what learners have learnt from the teach stage. - To provide free/oral written practice and use the language productively. - To test what learners have learnt from the teach stage.

To give students clear instructions concerning the activity. Ss will write the corrrect form of the verbs in brackets. Then, they check their answers in pairs. Next WCFB. After that, I will write three conditional clauses on the board and I'll ask students to imagine their results. They can work in pairs. Then, WCFB will be given. Two competitions between two groups will be organised. Ss will write complete sentences of their own in the first. While, in the second, they will imagine they were other characters and they will express what they would do in this case. Finally, Ss will imagine they what they would do if they met some famous characters. The group that form the more accurate sentences will be the winner.

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