In Case of an Emergency: An activity to practice real conditionals

Test students’ ability to give instructions and advice using conditional sentences.

Step 1 – Look at the list below. Read out one conditional sentence at a time. Students will listen and identify the situation based on the instruction/ piece of advice. Do the first item together as a model. Advanced stdudents should be able to identify the situation based on the conditional sentence alone. With intermediate students, you can make this a matching exercise. See handout: Real Conditionals_handout

  • If you can’t remember where it is right away, try to remember how you approached the building from the parking lot.  = What to do if you can’t remember where you parked your car.

 

  • If you can’t find someone who speaks your language, just point to the place you want to go on a map and gesture that you don’t know how to get there. = What to do if you are lost in a foreign country.

 

  • If you have a business card, offer it to the restaurant manager and ask them to send you a bill. = What to do if you forgot your wallet at a restaurant.

 

  • If you can’t safely exit through a door because you feel that it’s very hot, see if it’s possible to climb out the window. = What to do if you are trapped inside a burning building.

 

  • If you can collect an unemployment check, take the time to find not just any new job, but one that you know is a good fit. = What to do if you get fired.

 

  • If you have a camera, take pictures of the damage to your car and the other car(s). = What to do if you are in a car accident.

 

Step 2 – Assign each situation to a pair or small group of students. Students must write 1-2 additional instructions for the assigned situation following the same format. See handout (same as above).

Step 3 – Have groups exchange their lists. After reading the list of instructions written by another group, students can be challenged to add on to the list.

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