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jueves, 17 de mayo de 2012

Second Conditional

We have already learnt how to use First Conditional, also called Real Conditional; I teach it to my students using percentages (C2) and as running a hurdle race, where the height of the hurdles increases with the lack of possibilitiy of the conditional to happen. Clear enough?? Never mind, if not, the typical example of 
 If I study, I will pass my English test. 
always works. 
Right now, we are learning Second Conditional and the pattern is as follow.


IF  + PAST SIMPLE, ------- WOULD + INFINITIVE. 


We insist that commutative property also works for conditionals, having in mind that there could be some changes in referencing. 


Some games that I do with my students to revise second conditionals are 

  • What would you do if you won a lot of money? Check my pp about money, clicking here. In general, what would you do if....
  • If you were the Prime Minister... what would you do? We all love to change the world into a better place, don't we?
  • We play IF YOU WERE, for instance, an animal, an object, a precious stone, a feeling, a famous person... let your imagination fly. You can even play If I were a boy by Beyoncé.
  • You can make them do a couple of sentences using a big font and them separate each clause, shuffle them and read them ramdonly mixed with someone else's clause. If they are imaginative, the results could be hilarious.
  • Play Madonna's song Superpop.



Some exercises that you can practise could be found on the following links:

  1. Web2.uvcs.uvic.ca
  2. English Grammar Secrets
  3. Perfect English Grammar
  4. English Grammar Lessons
  5. Better English
You may want to end with a mashed-up of songs.




3 comentarios:

  1. Good ideas to use when practising the second conditional!! My 4th ESO students are excited because we are going to do an election with their "If I were president" compositions; that is, they are going to explain to the class their proposals and, then, we are going to choose a president through a secret vote. They are willing to do it!!

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