Sports, 2nd vs 3rd conditionals
B1 level


In this lesson, students will learn about the third conditional in the context of swimming. The lesson will start with a video showing funny baby swimming fails . Students will talk about the video. Students will then read a text on swimming and answer the questions true or false.Then,students will learn the third conditional and compare the second and the third conditionals.


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Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of second and third conditionals in the context of swimming.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide accuracy speaking practice in a conversation in the context of swimming.


Warmer/Lead-in (2-3 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Show a video about baby swimming fails.Then, ask Ss whether they like swimming or not. Ask their ideas about swimming.

Exposure (4-6 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text

Hand out the reading passage about swimming and ask the students to read it and answer the questions true or false. Then, show the answers.

Highlighting (3-5 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

Show a picture about swimming winner and the second conditional usage,then ask CCQs. - Is he the winnner now? (NO) - Can he swim well now? (NO) Clarify that the sentence is in the second conditional and it is an unreal situation in the present time. Then,show the same picture with a sentence under it.The sentence is from the text.Ask the CCQs. - Did he train much before the competition? (NO) - Did he swim better in the pool? (NO) Explain that this sentence is in the third conditional and clarify the form.

Clarification (2-3 minutes) • To clarify the meaning and the form of the target language

Clarify and compare the second and the third conditionals.

Controlled Practice (2-4 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Explain that Ss will fill in the blanks with the proper form of the verb in brackets. Ask ICQs to concept check. Then,show the answers.

Free Practice (4-6 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

Show the questions to the students on the board and make them pairs and explain that they will talk about the questions in pairs using the second and the third conditionals.

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