They all plan a boating trip and invite the school bully along. The boy being bullied, Sam, realised that George is actually OK and just craves some love and attention in his life, but by then it's too late and things start to go horribly wrong.
Mean Creek is an excellent film and won the 2004 Best Film Award at The Cannes Film Festival. At that time I was teaching the Second Conditional to older teenage students and realised that there were so many moments during the film when I thought "What would I do here?" I wrote this lesson on the Second Conditional and it worked well. You can download this movie lesson on the Second Conditional below.
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Grammar Guide for Second Conditional Tense
Before Doing This Class
Using Mean Creek to Practice Second Conditional
The 23 Second Condional Questions You Can Ask Your Class
1. You have just been beaten up in front of lots of people. What would you do? 2:38mins
(Example answer: "if I had been beaten up in front of lots of people, I would hit him back).
2. Marty, the gang leader, offers you a marijuana joint. What would you do? 9:09mins
3. Your brother has just hurt and humiliated you. You have a bat. What would you do? 13:57mins
4. George, who beat you up earlier in the week, has bought you a present and wants you to open it. What would you do? 18:13mins
5. There is a plan to make George cry. You have just heard about it. What would you do? 25:27mins
6. You are new to the gang and want to make friends. You don’t smoke, but Marty offers you a cigarette. What would you do? 26:46mins
7. You are 13 years old and Marty offers you a beer. Your parents aren’t there. What would you do? 32:40mins
8. You are already drinking beer, but your parents will never know. Marty offers you weed. What would you do? 33:07mins
9. You are trying to talk Marty out of getting George. What would you do? 36:52mins
10. George has just fired the water gun at you. What would you do? 40:00mins
11. You are 13 years old and in front of lots of older kids and they have dared you to French kiss. What would you do? 42:00mins
12. Marty wants George to take off his clothes and jump in the river. You don’t want this to happen, but Marty is bigger than you. What would you do? 45:20mins
13. You are George. You have just found out that you were only invited because they want to play a joke on you. What would you do? 45:53mins
14. You are Marty. George is talking about your father’s suicide over and over and over. What would you do? 48:52mins
15. George is drowning, but his size makes it dangerous to jump in and save him. What would you do? 49:33mins
16. George is not breathing. What would you do? 51:29mins
17. People are now starting to make a story to tell the police. What would you do? 58:16mins
18. Marty wants to bury the body. What would you do? 59:08mins
19. You are Marty, everyone is against you. What would you do? 1:00:24mins
20. The others have agreed to bury the body, but you think it is a bad idea. What would you do? 1:03:11mins
21. You are Marty. The others want to go to the police, but you have already buried the body. What would you do? 1:17:06mins
22. You are Rocky. Your best friend, Marty, is walking away. What would you do? 1:18:58mins
23. You are the policeman. What would you do? 1:22:55mins
This is a supplementary activity for intermediate or advanced students who want to learn a few verbs in present continuous form which they may not have come across before. Advanced level students are always eager to come across new words and this is an exciting way to teach them something different.
To run this high-level present continuous TV lesson, you'll need the first episode of Lost Season 1 of Lost S01E01 - you can download this here.
Teaching grammar to your ESL students doesn't need to always be boring, in fact teaching grammar to your ESL students shouldn't ever be boring! You can use Independence Day to teach a whole range of English grammar structures, but in this movie lesson to teach English, we are going to look at the differences between will and going to. This movie lesson is perfect for elementary level students learning Will vs Going to from the ages of 9 and up.
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Preparing Before Class
You will need to make one photocopy the sentence strip sheet for each pair of students in your class. Cut up the sentence strips, shuffle them and paper clip them per pair.
Ask your students what their plans are for after the class. Ask them what their plans are for the evening, the weekend, the summer holiday, Christmas, whatever. Write their responses on the board. You should have a mix of I will responses and I’m going to responses.
Hand out the sentence strips to each pair and tell them that they must put them in the order that they hear them. It is a fun way to learn the rule! Good luck!
Hand out the 'will vs going to 'grammar rule sheet after for them to take home and study.
Will vs Going to
Written by Stuart Allen
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What to Do in Class
Lesson written by Stuart Allen
Champage Supernova is a great song if you are teaching the Past Continuous tense with your adult ESL class. Find the link for Champagne Supernova past continuous lesson at the bottom of this page.
Oasis blazed a trail through British and world music throughout the 90's and early 2000's. Their sound defined the time and many of their songs are absolute classics. Champagne Supernova was written by guitarist Noel Gallagher and is one of the top songs on the album What's the Story Morning Glory.
Tag questions can be tricky for ESL students to learn and get right, can't they? Tag questions are also tricky for TEFL teachers to teach, aren't they? Tag questions are the little two-word questions that come on the end of many sentences such as: can they? can't they? will they? won't they? shall we? shalln't we? etc
There are a number of good songs out there which English teachers can use to teach tag questions, but A Little Time by The Beautiful South is one of the better ones. There is a good range of different tag questions in the song so students can listen in closely at the different tag questions.
To download the tag question lesson plan, then please click the link below.
"If I Could Turn Back Time...I Would...."
The Second Conditional Tense, sometimes rightly called the Hypothetical Conditional, is used in English to talk about situations which imagine an unreal different situation happening right now. The Second Conditional can also be used to talk about how we wish something was now if the past could be different.
In this song, If I Could Turn Back Time, Cher sings about how things would be different now if she had treated her boyfriend better in the past. How actions in the past have affected the present now and how she would have changed what she did in the past given the chance. This is a good song to use when teaching the second conditional using could.
This free ESL song lesson using the Second Conditional includes a nice board game which you can print out to either A4 or A3. Students are put into pairs or small groups and make their way around the board landing on different squares and discussing what they would do if the could turn back time. Your students will be actually using the second conditional tense in closed practice and this lesson will really help them nail this tricky grammar point. There is a nice ESL gapfill there too. Please download the free lesson just below.
"If I had a million dollars...I wouldn't be writing this webpage right now!"
The second conditional tense is the tense which allows the speaker to talk about things which are on seem to be impossible. "If I had a rocket...I'd fly to Mars."
However, for things which are impossible or seem impossible, we actually use this tense in English a great deal in everyday general conversation and in any elementary+ course book, you're going to start coming across this grammar point and have to teach the second conditional. And again, using songs to teach grammar is a perfect way to liven up your classroom and to get your English students to learn English grammar far more easily.
If I Had a Million Dollars is a wonderful ESL song lesson to teach the Second Conditional. The singer uses the second conditional to talk about what he would do if he had a million dollars and how his life would change. To download the free second conditional ESL song lesson then please find the link at the bottom of this page.
This song lesson about the second conditional has matching activities and a good group work activities where students discuss what they would do if they had a million dollars. The best class ideas would a cool $1,000,000 cheque to keep. Download the second conditional song lesson below.