Conditionals 2nd and 3rd – English Lesson Plan (B1)

Conditional Sentences, 2nd and 3rd type

How to teach conditional sentences (2nd and 3rd types)?

Conditional sentences – Sports and Games

An Intermediate English lesson plan

By the end of this lesson students should know how to form and use conditional sentences (2nd and 3rd type) and be able to talk about sports.
Target Grammar: Conditionals, 2nd and 3rd
Target Vocabulary: Sports and Games


1. Read the text and fill in the blanks with words or phrases from the box.

ranking | world records | children | track and field | tennis | unfortunately | basketball player| extravagant appearance

One of the most talented athletes of all times is Florence Griffith Joyner, also known as Flo-Jo. She was an American ___________________________ athlete. She is believed to be the “fastest woman of all time” because in 1988 she set ___________________________ for both the 100 metres and 200 metres which haven’t been challenged yet. _________________, she died in 1998 at the age of only 38.

Another amazing athlete is the German ____________ player Steffi Graf. She was ranked World No. 1 by the Women’s Tennis Association for the longest period in which any player, male or female, has managed to hold number-one _________________: 377 weeks. In addition, she has won 22 Grand Slam singles titles. An interesting fact is that in 2001 she married another tennis star, Andre Agassi, and the two have two ___________________________.

Dennis Rodman is a retired American professional  ___________________________. In NBA he played for Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, and other teams. Besides his abilities as a player, he is famous for his ________________________________, and lifestyle. Recently, he visited North Korea, and ended up hugging its leader, Kim Jong- un.

2. Mark the statements T for true and F for false.

  1. Florence Griffith Joyner will be remembered for being the fastest woman.
  2. Steffi Graf is married to John McEnroe.
  3. Steffi Graf won 22 Grand Slam singles titles.
  4. Dennis Rodman visited Cambodia recently.
  5. Dennis Rodman is famous for his extravagant appearance and lifestyle.
  6. Florence Griffith Joyner died very young.

3. Listen to Alexandra talking about the athletes from exercise 1. Finish the sentences.

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  1. If Florence Griffith Joyner was alive, she ______________________ (set) more records.
  2. If Steffi Graf had become a singer, the tennis ___________________ (lose) an amazing player.
  3. If I were a tennis player, I _____________________ (want) to be as good as Steffi Graf.
  4. If I go to the United States, I ___________________(try) to meet Dennis Rodman.
  5. If I had a time machine, I __________________(go back) in time and watch the 1988 Olympics.
  6. If I met Dennis Rodman, I ______________________ (ask) him questions about Chicago Bulls.
  7. If I were from North Korea, I ___________________(to be) very happy to see Dennis Rodman.

Grammar Box

2nd Conditional If + Past Simple Tense Would + Infinitive
3rd Conditional If + Past Perfect Tense Would + Past Participle
 We use 2nd conditional when we talk about an impossible or improbable situation regarding the  present or the future (events that are unlikely to happen).

 For example: If I won the lottery, I would travel a lot.
 We use 3rd conditional when we talk about an impossible or unreal situation regarding the past.

 For example: If I had studied for the test, I would have passed.


1. Put the verbs in the correct form.

Nadeen: I can’t believe the competition is tomorrow. I am really __________ (worry).
Toyoaki: Why? You __________ (practice) really hard.
Nadeen: If I __________ (have) more time, I ____________________(practice) harder.
Toyoaki: You were ____________________ (work out) every day. It’s enough for a regional championship.

Tanya: What are you __________ (plan) to do today?
Ronaldo: Only swimming. If it __________ (is) windy, I __________ (go) windsurfing. What about you?
Tanya: I’ll be __________ (read). I don’t really like summer sports.
Ronaldo: I bet you don’t. If I __________ (am) Canadian, I also would __________(like) mainly hockey!
Tanya: Oh, very funny!

2. Check with your partner. Practice the above conversations in pairs.

3. Fill in the blanks with the proper form of the verb in brackets.

  1. If Tina had practiced harder, she ____________________ (win) the ice skating tournament.
  2. If I were good at sports, I ____________________ (to be) doing gymnastics.
  3. If Donna had taken part in the championship, she ____________________ (defeat) you!
  4. If Armen was my yoga instructor, I ____________________ (not miss) a class.
  5. If you had defeated him, you ____________________ (become) the new world champion.
  6. If I could swim, I ____________________ (try) diving.

4. Answer the questions. What will you do if you…

a) could/ couldn’t swim?
b) were the fastest man/ woman on earth?
c) had to wake up early in the morning to go jogging?
d) were a famous gymnast?


1. Imagine you are a famous athlete. Who will you be? What sports will you be good at? Write ten sentences.

2. Imagine you have a time machine. If you go back in time, what will you change?

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