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First conditional

 

The first conditional is used to talk about the future. We use it to describe situations that may really happen: If I see Michaela, I'll tell her to call you. (It is possible you will see Michaela.) If it rains, we'll have to eat indoors. (It is possible that it ...Read more

 

The following ESL resources are available for First conditional:

 
 
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Conditionals dominoes I
Dominoes matching activity for first, second and third conditionals.
 
 

 

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Conditionals - sentence assembly
Cut-up sentences: first, second, third and open conditionals.
 
 

 

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Conditionals dominoes II
More challenging conditionals dominoes matching activity for all conditionals (zero - third) + conditional structures without 'if'.
 
 

 

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Conditionals sentence assembly II
Cut-up sentences: first, second and open conditionals.
 
 

 

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Zero conditional vs first conditional
(1) Seven pairs of sentences. Ss have to differentiate between those that are generally true and those that refer to a probable sitution in the future. (2) Personalization. Five questions with prompts that produce first or zero conditional answers. (Some HK references)
 
 

 

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Pairwork - first vs second conditionals
Sentence completion - 6 examples per student - first and second conditionals. Students then make questions, "What will / would you do if... and ask their partners.
 
 

 

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Conditional dominoes 2
Similar to Conditional dominoes 1 (the first and second conditional examples are the same) but with zero conditional substituted for third.
 
 

 

 
 
 
 

General English course books (adults)

Inside Out Student's Book Intermediate book cover 

Inside Out Student's Book Intermediate 

Susan Kay   Vaughan Jones   
 
Unit 13 Communication  Pages 110 - 111

 
 
New Cutting Edge Pre-Intermediate students' book book cover 

New Cutting Edge Pre-Intermediate students' book 

Sarah Cunningham   Peter Moore   
 
Module 9 Old and new  Pages 83 - 84
Focus on present tense after 'if', 'when' and 'before' rather than on more standard 'first conditional'. Listening and gap fill on building redevopment alternatives.
 
Module 15 Imagine...  Pages 134 - 135
Contrast of conditionals with will for real situations with would for unreal / imaginary situations
 
 

Photocopiable resource books

Intermediate Communication Games book cover 

Intermediate Communication Games 

Jill Hadfield   
 
21 - Promises, promises  Page 21 
'Will' for promises. (+ First conditional) Role Play(family). Ss have to extract a promise out of other family members in exchange for making a promise themselves.
 
 

Grammar books with exercises

Developing Grammar in Context book cover 

Developing Grammar in Context 

Mark Nettle   Diana Hopkins   
 
24 First, second and zero conditionals  Pages 139 - 144
 
 

General English adult course resource packs

Reward Pre-Intermediate Resource Pack  book cover 

Reward Pre-Intermediate Resource Pack  

Sue Kay   
 
37a - 37b What will happen if...? game board + cards  Page 37 
Board and dice game in which students have to complete first conditional sentences
 
 

ESL lesson plans

Politics and the US Election

Complete lesson Vocabulary: politics, elections; skills: political issues.
US Election ESL worksheet 1 US Election ESL worksheet 2 US Election ESL worksheet 3 US Election ESL worksheet 4
Download Politics and the US Election (PDF)
 

Gender discrimination at work

Complete lesson Vocabulary: work clothes; skills: gender discrimination; grammar: reported speech.
Gender descrimination ESL worksheet 1 Gender descrimination ESL worksheet 2 Gender descrimination ESL worksheet 3
Download Workplace gender discrimination (PDF)
 

English grammar notes

Comparison with as...as

Comprehensive grammar reference notes, illustrated.
Grammar notes on comparison with as..as 1 Grammar notes on comparison with as..as 2 Grammar notes on comparison with as..as 3
Download English grammar notes: comparison with as...as (PDF)