The conditional is perhaps the most ubiquitously abused element of grammar, particularly the 3rd conditional. Even the most educated and articulate news anchors and journalists are guilty, on a daily basis of announcing to us that "if someone would have done......" In the worst case scenario, the person "would OF done......."
This lesson seeks to teach the correct use of the 3rd conditional through discussion of an issue that will interest students, thereby "cajoling" them into learning an otherwise dry point of grammar, by engaging them in discussion and debate. The subject matter is chosen for its interest value to teens, 10th through 12th grades, but would work equally well for intermediate and advanced adult ESL /EFL learners. No "Whatever....."s here!
Extracts from an internet article on sports injury are presented where there are both incorrect and correct uses of the 3rd conditional around a specific verb. Source url is given.
Guidelines are given as to how to optimize student participation in the discussions, learning, and active use of the correct grammar.
The lesson materials consist of 3 pages:
1) Student copy of article extracts with no modifications. 2) Teacher copy of article extracts with highlighted corrections and correct usage. 3) Lesson plan, guidelines, suggested questions with a lot of lea-way for individual teaching styles and adaptation.