Robbie Mitchell Robbie Mitchell

at the polls
Upper Intermediateki level


In this lesson students will learn about real and unreal conditionals forms,a topic the students have covered before. They will be doing this in relation to a text about politics from the lesson before which features the TL


Main Aims

  • To provide review of real and unreal conditionals in the context of an article on American politics and give Ss a chance to practice using them.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation about politics


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

Split studentsinto groups of 3-4 One person from each group comes to front and looks at picture Then have to describe it to rest of their group Have a competition to see which group draws best version of original picture. See if they can guess which film it is from.

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

Put students into pairs Instruct them to underline the conditional clauses in the setences and share their answers with their partner. Monitor throughout For FB get students to come up and unerline the clauses on the board. Prompt class to correct if somebody underlines wrong section. Students now answer questions 1-3 in pairs. Elicit answers from pairs for FB

Clarification (5-6 minutes) • To clarify students understanding of TL

IF needed after highlighting task, lots of errors noticed Go through form of TL with class, eliciting examples where appropiate. Use powerpoint slide.

Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Keep students in pairs. Instruct them to complete second exercise and share with their partners. Pairs then check answers with pairs sat next to them, see if they agree, peer checking. Monitor throughout for any potentials problems/ wrong answers. Go through with class on board, filling in answers on PP.

Semi-Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

(if deemed necessary after controlled practice) Divide into groups of 3-4. Ss discussif they agree with statements from last exercise. Elicit some responses from groups, have mini discussion. Back in groups students try and rewrite the two setences from task 3, pg 57., see how many answers they can get. Make it a competition. Give example answer to get students started. WC feeedback

Free Practice (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

Each student is given a card from acticity sheet. Explain students aregoing to mingle and when they meet another student imagiune what would happen if the characters on their cards met. If x met y... Studsents swap cards and then move on to new partner, repeat several times Divide classinto groups of 3-4, they share who they met/ talked about anddecide which meetings are most interesting. Groups share ideas with WC

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