Maren Maren

TP4: Grammar
Pre-Intermediate level


In this lesson, Ss will learn and practice reading and speaking in the first conditional tense by way of listening exposure to TL with gist and intensive reading tasks as well as TL clarification, controlled practice using personal anecdotes to change main clauses, and by practicing if clause and main clause statements and questions in freer practice dialogue.


Abc Cambridge English: Empower Student Book B1
Abc Cambridge English: Empower B1 Audio Files

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of First Conditional Tense with a variety of subjects (travel, hobbies, relationships, work)

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide writing practice of changing the main clause to personalize examples (If it rains this weekend, I'll stay home-->cook a soup)
  • To provide gist reading practice using a text about Study Habits in the context of Ss will read for gist to identify examples of study habits
  • To provide detailed listening practice using a text about Study Habits in the context of Ss will practice listening for study habits to identify which have good results and which have bad restults
  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a Freer Practice Dialoge in the context of In the context of relationships, jobs, hobbies, and travel, Ss will have opportunity to practice TL of first conditional in small group dialogue


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

Students will have opportunity to reflect on cultural significance of attending University to elicit vocabulary practicing context of "degree studies".

Exposure (8-8 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

Ss will have the opportunity to be introduced to TL through gist task brainstorm of habits and defining good vs bad habits in the context of study before listening to variety of speakers talk about their results of individual study habits. Ss will have a couple of minutes to compare answers before OCFB answer key. In and intensive reading task, Ss will listen to the same speakers speak in first conditional tense but Ss will need to fill-in missing words from the statements shown.

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

Ss will observe some examples from intensive reading task to introduce and elicit use of form (tense) and by way of CCQs.

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

Ss will refer to examples to help understand meaning (ie: If the weather is good (future possible situation), we'll go to the park (future result of situation) Ss will fill in the blank of the formula provided for the appropriacy of first conditional. Ss will practice with pronunciation from second example (ie: If I get a good grade, I'll be very happy) with model speaking for emphasis and linking words - "get a good" Ss will elicit from examples the possible future situation and the result of the future situation (ie: which is the if clause and which is the main clause?)

Controlled Practice (8-8 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Ss will be able to practice TL by changing examples of first conditional main clauses to fit their personal adaptation to each if clause. Teacher model will elicit, group attempt at number two together before BORs. Ss will have opportunity to take turns sharing their personal changes to remaining three examples. I will observe each BOR to note some of the examples on the board in OCFB.

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

Ss will be prompted with examples of topics to practice in BORs using first conditional TL in different contexts (jobs, relationships, hobbies, travel). I will demonstrate the first example with first conditional relative to hobbies and prompt Ss how to ask a question using first conditional inverted main clause, if clause pertaining to travel plans (ie: Where will you go , if ________?)

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