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Take the Sting out of Teaching 2nd Conditional
Natasha Jovanovich, Serbia
Nataša Jovanović has had a substantial 15 year long experience in ELT working with a private language studio for ten years now, her ESOL experience and a range of ESOL courses extended over the years to advanced levels of proficiency and to teaching Cambridge exams, IELTS, TOEFL and ESP English. She is based in Belgrade, Serbia. Apart from teaching, her translation of the book by dr Helen Fisher, an American author and research professor at Rutgers University, was published in 2005. The book embraces the issues of gender studies and the role of women in today’s world, business, science and family life.
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to enable students to use 2nd conditional accurately by introducing humor and making use of students’ knowledge of history
Pre- teach 2nd conditional and then distribute the worksheets with the photos of historical figures your students are familiar with. Elicit sentences of what these figures might be famous for. Insert the related photos of the personages mentioned in each sentence from www.flickr.com or similar websites. Divide your students into two groups so that one group comes up with the names of celebrities or historical personages and the other will have to think of the funny endings using 2nd conditional. Afterwards, the two groups switch the tasks.
past participle of irregular verbs
photos, print-outs, hand-outs
Here are some sentences I wrote, which might give you an idea or two on how to deal with this. You might like to award prizes for those who think of the funniest endings . Take off points if they come up with grammatically incorrect endings. Depending on the level of proficiency of your students, you might like to pre-teach mixed conditionals as well.
If Cleopatra lived in the 21st century, she would be a hairdresser
If Coleridge lived in the 21st century, he would live in Amsterdam
If Charles II lived in the 21st century he would be headhunted for ‘Sex and the City’
If Henry VIII lived in the 21st century, the feminists would take legal action against him.
If Julius Caesar lived in the 21st century, he would be sued for genocide and manslaughter
If Shakespeare lived in the 21st century, he would learn Valley Speak.
If Gandhi lived in the 21st century, he would take yoga classes and cool down a bit
If Vuk Karadzic, a great Serbian language reformer, lived in the 21st century, he would have a leg transplanted
If Darwin lived in the 21st century, he would have himself cloned.
If Queen Elisabeth I lived in the 21st century, she would consider a sugar-free diet
If Uncle Scrooge lived in the 21st century, he would not give a fig about a credit crunch
If Sisyphus lived in the 21st century, he would be a workaholic
If Abraham Lincoln lived in the 21st century, he would give theatres a wide berth.
If Prometheus lived in the 21st century, he would set up a chain of restaurants
If Robert Burns lived in the 21st century, he would join an AA support group.
If Samuel Johnson lived in the 21st century, he would teach English online.
If Icarus lived in the 21st century, he would land a job as an air traffic controller
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Sense of humour, Nik Peachey 2004, BBC/British Council Teaching English website http://teachingenglish.org.uk/think/articles/sense-humour
The Improving English through Humour course can be viewed here
The Creative Methodology for the Classroom course can be viewed here