Dania Dania

What would you do if?
Pre- intermediate level


In this lesson, students are going to practice using the second conditional in different exercises throughout the lesson...


Main Aims

  • Students are going to practice using the second conditional to express unreal situations.

Subsidiary Aims

  • Students are going to practice speaking using the second conditional in controlled practice as well as a freer one


Warmer/ lead in (6-8 minutes) • Test students' knowledge of the second conditional form

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.

Lead in (4-5 minutes) • To get students to notice the second conditional and ts form

I use their answers as a model for teaching the second conditional. At this stage, I present the meaning, form and pronunciation for it.

controlled practice (10-12 minutes) • Students practice using the second conditional in a controlled practice

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.

Semi controlled practice (8-10 minutes) • Provide a broader chance for students to practice via a board game

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...

Optional Freer practice (8-10 minutes) • More practice for the second conditoinal

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..

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