Getting Mixed Up About Mixed Conditionals

  Conditionals are challenging for students and for teachers. When I decided to cover this grammar topic on YouTube back in 2017, I knew a whole playlist was in order. (View lessons.) I needed more than a dozen lessons to feel like I covered all the bases. To be truthful, I think there’s still more…

If We Could Turn Back Time

Oops! Look at all those broken eggs! …Well, if they hadn’t stacked the cartons so high, this wouldn’t have happened. Right? And if shoppers didn’t have to open each carton to check for broken eggs, they could just take a carton from the top. A good photo can prompt a number of conditional sentences, especially…

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…

Highlights, Lowlights: An activity to review and practice conditionals

Since the clarity of conditionals largely depends on the use of appropriate verb tenses, it makes sense to teach them as we would verb tenses. That is, we first present conditionals in isolation, one structure at a time, making sure students understand what the components are and what meaning the structure conveys as a whole….