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Protests, Second Conditionals
Intermediate,B1 level


In this lesson ss learn about second conditional through guided discovery based on a reading text about protests.


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Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of Second Conditional in the context of protests

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide speaking practice in a brainstorming, guessing in the context of protests.


Lead in (4-5 minutes) • Checking how much students know about conditionals

T focus ss on the text they have read and mention protests at London Family Courts and take ss' attention to the context. T asks the following questions -Are the courts fair to the men? -Can they see their children?

Reading for specific information- Highlighting the target language (4-5 minutes) • To introduce the target language

T focus ss' attention to the target language and asks ss to underline the sentences that are about unreal conditions. -If we had courts that were fair to men, we would be able to see our children. -If we had decent living conditions, this wouldn't be necessary.

Clarifying the Target Language (17-18 minutes) • To clarify meaning, form and pronunciation

T uses CCQs to clarify meaning using marker sentences 1- a-Are the courts fair to men?(No) b- Can they see their children?(No) 2- a-Do prisoners have decent living conditions?(No) b-Is the protest necessary? (Yes) 3- Are they talking about past or present? (Present) 4- Are they talking about real or unreal conditions? (Unreal) T asks ss how to make a sentence and elicits the form and writes on the WB with the marker sentence to clarify the form If + S + Past Simple, S+ Would + Verb( base form) If we had decent living conditions , this wouldn't be necessary T drills the sentence highlighting pronunciation (rising for the first clause then falling) T gives a handout to check if meaning and form understood. Ss are supposed to choose the options to choose between real and unreal conditionals and explain why. -If I(am/were) the president of the USA, people (will/ would) protest me. -If I (live/ lived) in Barcelona, I (will/ would protest the government. -If the nurses in Britain (earn/ earned) more money, they (won't/ wouldn't) go on a strike. -If there (are/ were) facilities for cyclists, they(won't/ wouldn't) ride naked.

Language Practice (10-11 minutes) • To provide controlled written and freer oral practice of Unreal Conditionals( type 2)

T asks ss to do activity 1 on the HO in a minute . Ss are supposed to put if in the correct place. T monitors ss and corrects where necessary T asks ss to do activity 2 on the HO. Ss are supposed to complete the questions and put the verbs in the correct form in 2 minutes. T asks ss to check their answers with their partners and get W/C FB. T asks ss to work in pairs and ask and answer the questions to each other in activity 2. then get some FB from pairs

Flexi-Stage- Feedback (4-5 minutes) • to establish their own answers- free speaking

T puts ss in two groups and gets them to do a sentence chaining in their group.The first sentence is "If I were unhappy about my salary, I would ..............." They have to start a new sentence with the second clause.

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