Debby Debby

Third Conditional
Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will learn about the third conditional through guided discovery based on a reading text about a true story. The lesson will start with a discussion where students have to predict what are they going to read. This follow by guided activities from the text-based. Finally there is grammar clarification and controlled practice through sentence reformulation. A free practice will be set up for them to produce the language.


Abc Book

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification of third conditional in the context of a true story

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide detailed reading practice using a text about The ticket inspector in the context of a true story


Warmer/Lead-in (17-23 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Students will predict what could have happened to the man from the picture shown. Students will be send to BORs to discuss in groups the exercise 1.a from the book. Students will share their ideas with the whole class.

Gist-Reading (17-23 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

Students will have to do a matching activity in groups to clarify the meaning of some new vocabulary from the story. Teacher will quickly review with the class. (5 minutes) Students will have to read the story 'The ticket inspector' individually for 3 minutes and decide what they think happened next. We will discuss with the whole class. (5 minutes) Students will be divide in two groups to read either stories A or B. Students will have to answer the questions from letter 'f' from the book and choose one member to share their answers. (8 minutes) Teacher will ask students which of the three stories were more surprising and most moving and why. (3 minutes) Teacher will explain and model activities.

Clarification (28-35 minutes) • To provide the grammar structure of the third conditional.

Students based on the reading will have to do exercise 2.a for 3 minutes. Individually. Teacher will use a PowerPoint presentation to clarify the structure. Teacher will use two sentences in order to clarify the difference of third conditional. Teacher with CCQs will elicit from students what happened, how the situation could be different, and if is imaginary or real? Also, will elicit parts of speech and tenses.

Controlled practice (18-23 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and grammar tasks.

Students will have to do Pg. 148 exercise a. individually for 8 minutes. Teacher will send students to BORs for 10 minutes to do exercise c. Teacher will explain and model the exercises in order to be clear with instructions.

Free Practice (8-10 minutes) • To provide students an opportunity to produce the language.

Teacher will ask students: "Have you ever helped a stranger, or been helped by a stranger? What happened?" Teacher will explain and model the exercise. Teacher will send students to BORs to work in pairs and discuss the questions. Teacher will nominate students to share their stories with the whole class.

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