As you know, teaching conditionals can be a bit tricky. What that means is that it is even more difficult to learn but especially important! So, this lesson is not recommended for beginner ELs and rather intermediate students. Students should be familiar with the basic past, present and future tenses. You should note this lesson includes a lot of content and concepts, so it is not necessary to complete it in one go. Rather, gauge how much you can get through based on a students proficiency and retention. Keep scrolling to read more on how to teach conditionals and to find a free lesson plan download.
In this lesson, students will learn how to use the first conditional. As well they will be introduced to the concept of how the speaker feels about a statement and whether that statement is true or not. In addition, students will learn the if-clause and result cause, and the idea of action and result. This lesson does not cover the difference between particular and habitual activities. Nor does it cover the result clauses with modals. Nevertheless, the student will learn how to talk about the present and the future. By the end of the lesson, students will be making 1st conditional sentences and predictions.
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C1.1 – Conditionals,
true in present and future
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If you study hard, you will be successful!
you will be
If you study,
water, it will
turn to ice.
Which statements are always true?
Which statements are true for you now?
If you work too
much, you will
I can give
If you do this,
This sentence has two
A clause is a group of words that
has a subject and a verb.
An action is something you do
and the result comes from the
= I got
Talking about the present or future
We use an if-clause and result clause to make a prediction
about the future:
If we save lots of money,
we will take a vacation.
If I have time, I will call
If + present simple, will
If he takes the plane at 6pm,
he will arrive home at
True in present and future
You feel this is sure
if you study
you will pass
If you _____ something now, you __________.
(eat / feel better)
If we _____ tomorrow, I _____ you