This lesson about texting includes a variety of tasks for students to discover and practise the second conditional. They also learn some vocabulary related to mobile phone communication and discuss the role of texting in their lives.
VOCABULARY & VIDEO
In the lead-in students look at six phrases related to communication and decide whether they refer to making a phone call or texting. They also discuss their preferences in terms of phone communication. Then, they move on to the next task and analyse six questions with six underlined verbs and a box with their synonyms. They have to match the synonyms (e.g. stop – quit, ask for – request) and then discuss the questions using the verbs from the box. These vocabulary exercises prepare students for a video about a woman who quit texting for a week. They try to predict if the experiment was successful and how the girl felt. Then, they listen for gist to check if their ideas were correct. Next, they are given five answers and watch the video again to come up with the corresponding questions.
SECOND CONDITIONAL THEORY & PRACTICE
The second part of the lesson starts with a short questionnaire in which students decide which option (a or b) is true for them. It shows them the second conditional structure and helps with the following task in which they complete the second conditional rules by choosing the correct words in bold. Afterwards, they get a chance to practise the form of the second conditional further by completing six gapped sentences with the correct forms of the verbs in brackets. Then, they analyse the form and meaning of six affirmative sentences and try to create possible second conditional questions that would match them. The lesson finishes with a game in which students in turn pick cards, complete and ask each other questions engaging in a discussion about some imaginary situations. This extra activity is available only in the Teacher’s Version.
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