Using Agile methodology to organize your family (conditionals review)

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conditionals review

LESSON OVERVIEW

This flipped classroom worksheet is based on an intriguing speech by Bruce Feiler. In his talk, he explores the idea of using Agile Methodology, normally used by software developers, for managing your family life.

At home, students will watch the video, learn some phrasals and collocations and review 3 types of conditional sentences. During the lesson, they’ll talk about the video, apply new vocabulary and practice using conditional sentences.

B2 / Upper Intermediate45 minFlipped LessonUnlimited Plan

This is a Flipped Classroom lesson plan. In a nutshell, it means that first part of the lesson needs to be done by students at home. Learn more about flipped classroom and how we implement it in those lesson plans in our post.

PRE-CLASS ACTIVITIES

There are 3 main focus areas in the pre-class part: collocations with the word family, phrasal verbs and conditionals reviews (first, second and third conditionals). First, students need to study a mind map with collocations and extend it by adding one more word for each category. Next, students move to learning new phrasal verbs (all of them are from the video so it should help with comprehension as well). In that task, they need to add prepositions to verbs in sentences. They will be able to check their answers by watching the video and/or checking the video transcript. Encourage them to research the learnt phrasals if they have doubts about their meaning (links to online dictionaries are in the worksheet).

Quick comment on the video: it’s a bit long (18 mins) and it touches a bit of tech-specific concept (Agile Methodology). However, the speaker just briefly introduces the concept and you don’t need any tech knowledge to appreciate the talk.
On page 2, you will find a short conditionals review. It includes a basic table with an example and function for first, second and third conditional sentences. After studying it, your students will have to apply that knowledge in a simple fill-in-the-gap exercise. It’s not very demanding but this should serve just as a quick conditionals review. Give it to your students only if they had studied those rules before and you feel they need to revise it. There will be more practice tasks focused on conditionals in the in-class section. So they need to be able to use those 3 types of conditional sentences.

IN-CLASS ACTIVITIES

In-class activities start with a discussion about the speech and its content – the talking points include family collocations and phrasals from the video. This way we want to motivate students to use new language. In task 2, your students have to finish conditional sentences using three types of conditionals. This will allow you to see how much they remember from the conditionals review table from page 2. Next, they’ll talk about this statements and discuss which are true for them – this way they hopefully will have a chance to use conditionals in practice. Last activity is a free practice task where students will have to create their own conditional questions and use both collocations and phrasals verbs they learnt at home.

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  1. Jazz

    I don’t really understand what you want the students to fill in the mind map ?

    1. Stan

      Well, your students need to add extra adjective, noun and verb that go together with the word ‘family’ to extend this mind map. For example, immediate family, family home, visit family. If they have hard time doing that, encourage them to use dictionaries or online corpora (SKELL or CoCa). This will help them learn more collocations.

  2. Safaa Hamad

    Amazing and interactive

  3. akubon

    Please check the typo in the exercise 2 “fill in the…” my student has found a mistake, me thinks.

    1. Stan

      Oh, you mean the missing ‘n’ in given? Just fixed that! Thanks for pointing it out.

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