Sanjay Suckoo Sanjay Suckoo

First Conditional - January 23, 2018
Pre-Intermediate level


The students will learn about First Conditional through the test teach test method in the context of "if something can go wrong." The lesson will be a Test Teach Test because I believe the majority of students will be somewhat familiar with if clauses but may not know exactly how they are used and what the various functions are.


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Main Aims

  • To provide clarification of first conditional in the context of "If something can go wrong"

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency and accuracy speaking practice in a conversation in the context of "If something can go wrong"


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

Show a clip from the Simpsons of the clumsy waiter who gets hurt in several different ways. Invite students to write the verbs as they happen in the video. The subject gets hit, burned, and pinched on numerous occasions. Video Link:

Test #1 (8-10 minutes) • To gauge students' prior knowledge of the target language

- Give students a test to discover prior knowledge of the subject. - The students by themselves will fill in the blanks given by the test in a variety of different sentences - They will be able to see the form and different uses but they are likely to struggle with the exercise - There are only two options for each question but both are realistic possibilities - As they perform the test, I will monitor to see what things we may need to cover in the clarification stage or see if the students can teach one another in the next stage

Teach (12-15 minutes) • To clarify areas of the target language where students had difficulty in the first test stage

- Identify areas of difficulty from previous stage - If students know the material well, or some know it well and some don't. We can do a peer correction and discussion time where the students explain to one another why their answers are correct. I will do a brief clarification stage on any notable mistakes and we will move into a controlled practice - If students clearly don't understand major points of the material, I will do a longer clarification stage depending on what mistakes I find. In this eventuality, I will move into more of a standard ppp lesson but try to use as much time as possible for the controlled and free practice stages.

Test #2 (8-10 minutes) • Check students' use of the target language again and compare with the first test

- Give the students a second test on first conditional to re-evaluate their knowledge - I will be monitoring heavily during this stage to see if their knowledge has improved - I will give a similar handout where they are given the verbs and they have to put them in the correct forms to make the sentences a first conditional

Free practice (13-15 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

- Provide discussion questions for students to utilize in free practice - I will have 2 options available depending on the students' level of understanding at this point in the class. The most likely option is to provide a handout for a "Find someone who" activity. The students will have to mingle to find students who meet various conditions and ask further information about them. - The second option if students are showing a very strong command of the language is to provide them with free discussion questions that they can discuss in pairs. If time permits, we can accomplish both tasks.

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