3rd conditional

Lesson ideas: football and conditionals

Looking for a way to teach/review conditionals? A former colleague at LTC Eastbourne (cheers Angel) told me that football was his ‘go to’ topic for conditional structures…

Show the students a league table (or part of it):

Use actual upcoming fixtures, or make them up to suit the part of the table you’ve chosen:

Chelsea v Man City (Saturday)

Arsenal v Tottenham (Sunday)


Model some conditional sentences based on the information:


1st conditional: If Man City beat Chelsea on Saturday they’ll move up to 2nd place.


You could provide scenarios for students to write about, or sentences for them to complete:

If Arsenal beat Spurs… (highly likely)


Lesson idea: quick conditionals review

Here’s a quick idea for revising some conditionals. I used this the other day and it worked well:

Ask students the following:

What would you do if you were the last person on earth?

Encourage creativity:

If I were the last man on earth, I’d fly a jumbo jet/drink every bar in the world dry/clone myself/etc

Get the students to continue their sentences as a ‘conditionals chain’, e.g. (more…)