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Copy of Unreal Conditionals Lesson
Upper Intermediate level


In this lesson, students discover and/or remember unreal conditions through a listening track. They will be pre-taught some of the vocabulary they might need during the Close Up exercises. In the first one, they'll be working individually and checking their partners' answers in pairs. In the second and third Close Ups, they will be discovering the rules of conditionals by themselves, but I will be helping them out on new concepts such as clause, real/unreal conditions etc. Before the beginning of the fourth exercise, I will again give some vocabulary they might need to carry it out. Then I'll encourage them to work in groups to come to a consensus for the fourth and fifth exercises.


Abc Close Up Handouts
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Abc Prompt Cards
Abc Vocabulary Visuals

Main Aims

  • To introduce students to, and give them practice using unreal conditionals

Subsidiary Aims

  • To give students the opportunity to practice speaking in the context of a discussion about unreal conditions


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

1. Introduce two colleagues named Monica and Nelson, and ask students' guesses about their conversation. 2. Pre-teach them some of the vocabulary they might need such as, charity, antique, pocket money.

Exposure (3-5 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

1. Before listening to the track ask the students to have a listen to the dialogue to find out the answers of some questions I will give. 2. The students will listen to a dialogue between two colleagues, where they will be exposed to different forms(affirmative, negative, question) of unreal conditional clauses in a natural flow. 3. After the listening session, elicit answers from the students.

Highlighting (2-4 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

1. Reveal the form of unreal conditionals .

Clarification (8-10 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

1. Check concept and clarify the meaning of unreal conditions. 2. Do some choral exercises to complete two seperate clauses of conditionals.

Controlled Practice (3-5 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

1. Let students do Close Up 1 individually and check their answers in pairs.

Semi-Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

1. In Close Up 2 and 3, let students work in pairs and discover the rules of conditionals by themselves as much as they can. 2. Support them when needed.

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

1. Pre-teach vocabulary that will appear on Close Up 4 (e.g. government, palace, law, tax, ban, appoint, minister) 2. Let the students free practice Close Up 4 and 5. 3. Hand the New Vocabulary Sheet out for them to review at home.

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