Hossein Hossein

Intermediate, B1 level


In this lesson, students learn the third conditional and practice that in a controlled and a semi-controlled manner. The context is set by the two teachers before me, i.e. bank robbery. By the end of this lesson, the students will be familiar enough with the third conditional to use it on their own.


Main Aims

  • To provide clarification of 3rd Conditional in the context of bank robbery

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide accuracy speaking practice in a hypothetical situations in the past


Warmer/Lead-in (4-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

The teacher continues with the subject of bank robbery. He asks the students to watch the movie and then tell him all the things the main character of the movie did wrong during the bank robbery. Then he plays the excerpt from the movie "Take the Money and Run".

Highlighting (3-4 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

Students discuss among themselves and write one mistake the main film character did during the bank robbery. They will share their ideas with the whole class.

Clarification (10-15 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

The teacher makes groups of maximum four. Then he hands out the paper for guided discovery folded so that the students focus on the first part and answer the questions. The students in groups discuss the subject and write down the answer. The teacher has feedback on what they decided and provides the correct answers. Then the teacher asks the students to do the last two parts of the guided discovery handout and discuss them in their groups. They should reach an agreement. Then he has whole class feedback and provides the answer key. The final step is drill. He clarifies the pronunciation and asks the students to pronounce the model sentence and explains the rising intonation on the conditional clause.

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

The teacher hands out the gap-fill paper and asks students to do them alone and then check their answers with each other. Ss should explain the meaning of each sentence to each other. There is a feedback and then provides the answer key to the exercise.

Semi-Controlled Practice (9-10 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

The students are asked to read the text very quickly for gist and answer the reading questions. The reading itself should pose no difficulty. When the two gist questions were answered discussed, the main task of this activity begins. The teacher asks each group to write five type three sentences and discuss the sentences among themselves. Later they share their sentences with the whole class. The teacher can use the "nomination" technique to get feedback.

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

The teacher asks the students to think of five important events in their life and think of their ramifications. The students should be able to write down five conditional sentences which are true for themselves and share them with a partner. Later the partner will share one of the sentences he heard with the class in the feedback segment.

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