Marianna Fina Marianna Fina

Upper Intermediate level


This is a system lesson with a focus on grammar in the context of survival.


Abc "Empower" Students Book

Main Aims

  • To provide review and practice of future time clauses and conditionals in the context of disasters and survival

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide gist and detailed reading practice using a text about disasters and survival


Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and make SS interested in the topic

Show the SS some pictures of wild animals from the first slide of the presentation. What animals are you afraid of? Why? Discuss in pairs. Send SS to BO rooms. Check FB as a class and encourage SS to react to others' answers.

Exposure (14-15 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text, which SS are reading for gist and in detail.

Encourage the students to look at the pictures a-e in the slides and ask the following questions: Which of the animals do you think are the most and the least dangerous? How good do you think your chances are of surviving an attack by these animals? Have SS answer as a class. Pre-teach some words that would prevent the SS from doing the following tasks. Preteach "harmless" with elicitation: "what is the opposite of dangerous?" Preteach "leopard": show a picture of a leopard. Preteach "pepper spray bottle": show a picture of a pepper spray bottle being used. Preteach "punch": mime it. Ask the students to read the text on page 23 and check their previous answers. Reming them to read quickly, just to have a general understanding. Ask SS to read the sentences in task Rd, then ask them to read the text again for details. Complete task Rd checking the correct sentences. Class feedback. Ask SS to complete task Re, asking for reasons.

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

Following TB pag 39 directions, ask SS to complete the following sentencing, eliciting the target language. The focus is on eliciting the correct verb forms. Bears will only fight if... They won't attack people unless... Bears will usually move away as soon as... Provided you stay absolutely still, the bear... As long as you don't panic, a shark... Ask SS to find (individually) one more example in the text of 1 as long as 2 unless 3 provided Ask SS to compare answers then take feedback as a class.

Clarification (5-7 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

Using the sentences on pag 136 of the SB, create a matching exercise so the SS will have the rules for future time clauses and conditionals brought to their attention. Ask the SS to do the exercise and then monitor and support.

Controlled Practice (7-7 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Ask SS to complete exercise 2B, a and b on pag 137. Have SS work in pairs. Ask for feedback when taking answers from exercise a.

Freer Practice (8-8 minutes) • To concept check further

Have SS complete the following sentences: Shark won't attack you unless... Wolves will only attack if... Tarantulas won't bite you provided... If you hit a crocodile on the nose... Have them compare the sentences in groups.

Feedback (5-5 minutes) • To correct some mistakes made during the lesson

Write down in one slide some of the mistakes made during the lesson, mixed with some correct models. Put SS in pairs to decide which one are true and which one are false, and ask them to correct the false ones.

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