Lesson Plan Theme: Conditionals

On this page, you will find lessons plans relating to "Conditionals". There are also lessons that include wishes, regrets and other subjunctive structures.


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Murphy's Law

Target Language: First conditional, reading comprehension.
Description: Talking about the little mishaps of life and learning about the origin of Murphy's Law and how we apply it to our lives today. Grammar focus: First Conditional.
Duration: 45 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 1G5


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Target Language: First conditional.
Description: Lesson starts with a review of present simple and will future. A reading and a focus on the first conditional form follow before a nice "tourism" speaking activity to finish with.
Duration: 60 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 2G9
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Best Friends

Target Language: Talking about friends and friendship.
Description: Talking about friends and what makes good friends. Some vocabulary and dictionary work and the lesson ends with a "moral dilemmas" speaking activity. The listening consists of two friends completing a friendship survey.
Duration: 50 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 2L6
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Then Again, If...

Target Language: Second conditional.
Description: Review of past simple structure. Reading about a girl's dream date followed by focus on the second conditional. Use of second conditional in a "You're The Mayor!" group activity.
Duration: 75 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 3G4
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You Can't Change The Past

Target Language: Third conditional.
Description: Students read about Tamara's disastrous evening and then do some grammar work on the third conditional. Lesson finishes with a writing chain game.
Duration: 55 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 3G7
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In Case It Rains

Target Language: Conditional expressions: in case, in the event of, unless, provided, etc.
Description: Lesson plan which looks at words and expressions often used in conditional-type sentences: unless, in case, etc. Students read these expressions in context in contract excerpts. Finishes with an in case/in the event of game.
Duration: 50 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 3G10
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The Disastrous Date

Target Language: Internet dating, third conditional.
Description: Students meet Bruce and Sheila who have met on a dating site but now ready themselves for meeting in person for the first time. Three different types of reading - chat, e-mail and diary. Grammar focus: third conditional.
Duration: 70 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 3R3
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Speed Dating

Target Language: Multiple Choice reading comprehension, questions using conditionals.
Description: The increasingly popular phenomenon of speed dating forms the heart of this lesson with a long reading and comprehension exercise. Students then look at different conditional forms in English and use them to question other students.
Duration: 75 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 3T3


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I Want, I Want

Target Language: Past and present wants \ desires.
Description: What we want now and what we wanted in the past. We meet and read about Bill the retiree. Focus on structures such as I would have liked, I would like to have done and I wouldn't mind.
Duration: 45 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 4G4
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Target Language: Complex conditional structures.
Description: The story of a miraculous survival at sea is used to teach students complex conditional structures. The lesson finishes with a fun game.
Duration: 60 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 4G7
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Prisoner 7042

Target Language: Wishes and Regrets, article about prison life.
Description: Grammar focus is on using wish/regret. Article about how a prisoner uses his free time and the regrets he has about the past. Fun "Famous Regrets" game to finish with.
Duration: 75 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 4R3


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Setting Up

Target Language: Should(n't) have done \ 3rd conditional.
Description: Looking at the early ups and downs of a new business to give students practice at past modal verbs and the third conditional. A role play at the end gives students good speaking opportunity.
Duration: 70 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: B3G1

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