What would you do if?
Pre- intermediate level
Students are going to practice using the second conditional to express unreal situations.
Students are going to practice speaking using the second conditional in controlled practice as well as a freer one
Procedure (36-45 minutes)
The procedure used here is test, teach, test. I give students. Also, they will recycle using some of the old adjectives they learned the previous lesson. I give students randomly pictures of the different feelings/adjectives. I call out for the ones who have the extreme adjectives to step in and for a circle face out. Then I call the others and ask them to face the previous ones so they form some kind of a concentric circle. Using their adjectives I ask them to answer the following question: "What would you do if you won a million dollars?" They take turns in answering. Then i tell them to answer the same question again using their own answers.
I use their answers as a model for teaching the second conditional. At this stage, I present the meaning, form and pronunciation for it.
I distribute a handout which has a fill in the blank exercise taken from the internet. I ask students to do it in pairs. Then I ask them to get in larger groups to discuss their answers in a somehow a pyramid discussion. We do one or two to provide a whole class feedback. To make them confident about their answers, I provide them with the answer key.
I divide the students into new groups of threes and I give them a copy of the board game each. Students are going to use the second conditional in a semi guided fun and weird context using the board game. This stage is going to serve as a time monitoring stage to check the time spent and the time left to decide whether to prolong this stage and provide a more detailed feedback, or to carry on with the freer practice which is going to be optional for this lesson...
As previously mentioned, this activity is going to be extra. So if time allowed us to do it, I would ask students to make a list of things they would take with them if they were on a deserted island. I divide the class into two groups for this stage, once they finish the two groups check together to provide a final list. This exercise will make students use the target language presented earlier in order to be carried out correctly..