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If you had to teach Conditionals to your students, how would you do that? In fact, learning Conditional Sentences is easier than using all their types in speech.
Some students find it difficult to understand and use English Conditional Sentences. Sometimes it seems that the student understands all the Conditionals separately, does the grammar exercises correctly, but when it comes to use in oral speech or writing, something goes wrong. Are you familiar with such a situation?
Today, we are offering a selection of tasks for the practice of Conditional Sentences in English classes. Their main advantage is that almost any of the tasks can be adapted to any type of Conditionals.
This task focuses on the form of a Conditional Sentence and on building grammatical accuracy. At the same time, students perform controlled practice, as they will have to use this grammatical structure in a limited context. The teacher reads the first sentence.
You can add an element of competition and divide students into teams. Teams make sentences in turns. The team that says the last sentence if the opponents have no ideas wins. The sentences must be grammatically correct.
This game can be played with the whole class, and it focuses on the free use of Conditional Sentences, i.e. we use it at the stage of freer practice.
Activity can be easily adapted to other types of Conditional Sentences.
This is a communicative task that you can prepare in advance or with your students in class. You will need cards with questions that you can make up yourself, or ask students to make questions and write them on the cards. Example:
Again, questions can be composed using different types of Conditional Sentences.
Divide the students into 2 groups and ask them to face each other in the “question line” and “answer line”.
English songs should not be underestimated either, as they contain excellent examples of the use of Conditional Sentences. Take at least :
In addition to noticing different forms of Conditionals in songs and focusing on pronunciation, songs can also serve as a starting point for discussion or writing. Take, for example, the song by Cher “If I Could Turn Back Time”. Invite students to write an essay or discuss the topic: “If you could change something you did in the past, what would it be?”
For homework, ask students to listen to a few songs and find out how they use certain types of Conditional Sentences.
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As you can see, the tasks offered today are easily adapted to the needs of your students and the topic being studied. How do you practise Conditionals with your students?
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