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Lessons from Jeremy Harmer XI – Teaching Conditional Clauses

Many teachers use stories with ‘consequences’ to teach conditionals. For example, we c ould tell the students a story about a man in a bar.

If he has another drink, he will stay in the bar. If he stays in the bar, he will get home late. If he gets home late, his wife will leave him.

Try to produce tragic stories.

We can talk about superpower qualities that teachers would like to have, such as being able to fly or being able to see through walls.

If I could fly, I would visit all the cities in the world in one day.

Others talk about stories in the past; the say what would have happened if things had been different.

If he hadn’t gone swimming, he wouldn’t have been attacked by a shark.

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