The First Conditional Unit 13

This is a good activity to get students practising the first conditional orally. Conditional Chain Story Explain to the students that they are going to talk about imaginary situations using the first conditional. Remind them of the structure of the first conditional – present simple + will. Start the activity by giving an example.  If it rains tomorrow I…

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First Condtional Unit 13

Christmas & New Year’s Bluff This is an enjoyable quiz to do with students, especially coming up to Christmas.  Ask them the following questions.  Remind them of the structure of the first conditonal – present + will.  This can also be done as a written exercise. If you find a ring in your Christmas pudding you…

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Second Conditional Unit 14

Here are ideas for some fun activities to get your students using the second conditional in a context that they are familiar with. The Perfect School Remind your students of the structure of the second conditional – If + past tense + would. Elicit from your students the things they do not like about their school. …

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The Third Conditional

This is certainly the most difficult conditional to use due to its complicated structure.  The third conditional is formed using if plus the past perfect, plus would, plus the present perfect.  This conditional expresses the way we imagine things might have been in the past.  If something had been different, something else would have happened as we can see in the following…

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The First Conditional – UNIT 13

The three conditional tenses depend on probabilities.  In this post I am going to talk about the first conditional.  This tense is formed with the present simple and the future tense.  It is used to talk about real possibilities.  Here are some examples: If there is a storm, the match will be cancelled.  The match…

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The Second Conditional Unit 14

The three conditional tenses depend on probabilities.  In this post I am going to talk about the first conditional.  This tense is formed with the present simple and the future tense.  It is used to talk about real possibilities. Here are some examples: If there is a storm, the match will be cancelled.  The match…

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The Zero Conditional

The zero conditional is very simple to use and understand.  It is used when the result of the action always happens. It is formed with if and the present simple.  E.g.  When I eat peanuts I come out in a rash.  This is a general truth, it is not a possibility.  The if can usually be replaced by…

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Going To Fun Activities Unit 6

Here are some fun activities to give your students some speaking practice with going to. Lucky Dip! Fill a bag with a number of objects – the more absurd they are the better. Sit your students in a circle. Pass the bag to each student at a time. The first student takes out an object at…

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Going To Unit 6

Going to is not a tense.  It is a special structure that we use to talk about the future.  It is formed with the subject + the verb to be + going to + infinitive. This is a good moment to revise the verb to be as many young students do not fully grasp what it…

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Past Continuous

The past continuous is a fairly easy tense for students to learn.  The most important thing to remember is that they use it correctly. Remind students of how it is constructed – THE VERB TO BE IN THE PAST + ING.  This is a good time to revise the past tense of the verb to be. This tense is used in the…

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