To provide clarification, review and practice of third conditional in the context of regrets as exemplified in the video clip from the film "Click."
To provide fluency and accuracy speaking practice in a conversation and discussion in the context of regrets and wishes about the past
Procedure (32-45 minutes)
- Write "regret" on the board. Elicit meaning. - Show SS a photo of an ex-radio Fox announcer who "has fallen on hard times." (HO1) - In an open discussion, ask the questions: "What do you think this man is thinking?" "What do you think he is feeling now?" "What do you think he regrets?" - Give prompt by writing on the board: "If I had spent my money wisely, I would/wouldn't ..." - Nominate SS to speak and write some of their sentences on the board.
- In pairs, ask SS to discuss the questions in Task 1: 1. What two things have you done in the past that you regretted? 2. What would you do differently if they could go back in time? -SS discuss ideas with partners for 2-3 minutes. -Monitor, then FB. Get a number of SS to share their ideas with the whole class. (2 min) - Tell SS they are going to watch a scene from the film "Click." - Tell SS they are going to answer Task 1 after viewing the clip. - Give students Task 1 and give them time to read the questions in Task 2: 1. How does he feel about his relationship with his father now? 2. Make a list of two things he could be saying to himself now (e.g. If I had spent more time with his father, I would have made him happier.) 3. What would you do if you had a magic remote control that can extend or replay beautiful moments in your lives? -Play the video.
-Ask SS: "Is the scene in the video about the present, past or future?" Elicit answer. - In pairs, SS discuss their answers to Task 1. - Monitor and help when necessary. - FB. Write on the board a few of SS answers.
- Write 1 or 2 second conditional sentences and ask students to compare them with the third conditional sentences they wrote in Task 2. - Ask CCQs to elicit meanings of the sentences. - Elicit the form. - Drill sentence stress.
- Give SS Task 3. SS complete fill in the gaps with the correct verb forms - In Task 4, SS complete the other half of sentences with their own ideas. (e.g. If I had been born a man/woman, .................), - Then ask each other questions: "What would you have done /have happened/ have changed if you had been born a man /woman?"
-Put SS in threes. Tell them they are going to discuss two questions in the group. Give out Task 5. -Go around and monitor during the discussion. Help out when necessary. Note down errors in accuracy. - FB. Write some erroneous sentences students made during the discussion. Elicit corrections. IF there is time: - Tell SS they are going to have a game of consequence chains. - T. models by starting: "If I had been born with superpowers, I would have been superwoman." T. asks the next Ss to continue by saying, "If I had been superwoman, I would/wouldn't...." The chain goes on around the group. - Another chain can be started if time allows.