Matthew Kasper Matthew Kasper

Emotions Conditionals Lesson
B2 level


In this lesson, ss learn and practice the zero and first conditionals. The lesson begins with a guided discovery of the two conditionals, followed by a receptive task for recognition. This is followed by a controlled practice stage, and the lesson ends with two free practice speaking activities (one for each of the conditionals).


Abc Exercise handout 2
Abc Powerpoint
Abc Exercise handout 2 answer key
Abc Computer
Abc Dry-erase marker(s)
Abc Listening exercises' mp3-files
Abc Overhead Projector
Abc Whiteboard

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of the zero and first conditional in the context of emotions.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency and accuracy speaking practice in mingling and group activities in the context of emotions.


Stage 1 (Lead-in) (2-3 minutes) • To introduce the context of the lesson to the ss.

-Ask the ss how their weekends were. Recap to last lesson by asking questions about what they remember. What did you talk about last lesson? (Emotions); What kind? (anger, dear, distress, etc.); How do people deal with these emotions? (Therapy); What were some of the types of therapy? (Destruction, music). -Have ss who were at the last lesson explain the topic to the ss who were not there in open pairs.

Stage 2 (Guided Discovery) (7-10 minutes) • To introduce the zero and first conditionals to the students with the guided discovery method.

-Have ss do the first exercise on the handout (5A from book) and peer check. -Project the two categories with Powerpoint on the board. Have ss check that their answers were correct. -Using one sentence from each category (GS/FS), elicit the meaning of the sentences from the ss. Concept check. -Elicit the form from the ss: What is the same in these two sentences? (What/If); etc. Write the form as elicited underneath the sentences and leave on board. -Drill both forms with ss using one sentence from (GS) and one from (FS). Use back-chaining and focus on the contractions "I'll" and "we'll," and the weak form of "'ll."

Stage 3 (Recognition Task) (2-3 minutes) • To have ss practice the grammar receptively through a listneing recognition task.

-Have ss read the sentences and then do the listening exercise on the handout (6a from book). Have students peer check. Play a second time if necessary. -Monitor and provide direct feedback.

Stage 4 (Production Matching/Fill-in-the-blank Task) (4-6 minutes) • To have ss apply and practice what they have learned about the zero and first conditional.

-Explain the third exercise on the handout (7a from book) to ss. Be clear that they must first match the sentences before they fill in the blanks. ICQ to be sure they understood/were listening. -Have ss do exercise and peer check. -Monitor during exercise and during peer check. Go over any numbers that were difficult together as a class. -Project answer key onto board and have ss check their answers with the answer key and each other.

Stage 5 (Productive Task 2) (6-8 minutes) • To have ss continue practice of the zero and first conditionals in a slightly more difficult exercise.

-Hand out second handout and have ss do the exercise (1a from book). -Have ss peer check when finished. -Monitor and pick up points. -Go over any difficult numbers as a class (especially the last three, which are more difficult). -Give the ss the answer key and have them check their answers.

Stage 6 (Chain Story Activity) (8-10 minutes) • To have ss practice the first conditional through a group activity.

-Have ss make a circle with their desks. -Explain the game/activity and do an example with one or two students. Make it clear that when they have a "0," they must use the "1" conditional, and when they have a "1," they must use the first conditional. -Hand out the cut ups, and have the ss start the activity. -Monitor while they create their story.

Stage 7 (Wrap-up) (2-5 minutes) • To go quickly review what was learned in the lesson and provide overall feedback concerning any problems noticed during monitoring.

-Provide feedback to the final activity, focusing on any problems with pronunciation and grammar. -Concept check the zero and first conditionals once more to be sure the ss now have a good grasp of them both and when they are used. -End class.

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