Third Conditional - ESL EFL Activities, Games and Worksheets
Third Conditional Board Game
ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes
Here is an engaging activity to help students practice or review third conditional forms. In the activity, students play a board game where they complete third conditional sentences and ask and answer third conditional questions. The class is divided into groups of three or four and each group is given a copy of the game board, a dice and counters. Players take it in turns to roll the dice and move their counter along the board. When a player lands on a square, they complete the third conditional sentence with their own idea. If the sentence is grammatically correct and makes sense, the player stays on the square. If a player cannot think of a way to finish the sentence or they complete it incorrectly, they go back to their previous square. If a player lands on an 'ask a question' square, they must ask a third conditional question to another student. The student must then answer the question in the form of a sentence. The first player to reach the 'finish' square wins the game.
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Complete the Conditional
ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 35 Minutes
In this productive teaching activity, students practice the third conditional by completing sentences with missing verb phrases. The class is divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. The students read through the ten third conditional sentences on their worksheet and think about how they could complete the gaps with verb phrases. A plus sign at the end of the sentence means the verb phrase is positive, and a minus sign means it's negative. When they are ready, Student A starts by saying sentence 1. If Student A says the exact words Student B has in bold, Student B says ‘That’s right’, and Student A writes their answer in the sentence. If not, Student B says ‘Try again’. Student A must then continue to guess until he/she says the exact words Student B has on his/her worksheet. This continues until all the third conditional sentences have been completed. It’s then Student B’s turn to read their sentences to Student A.
Guess my Sentence
ESL EFL Reading and Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 20 Minutes
Here is a fun guessing game for students who are learning the third conditional. The class is divided into pairs and each student is given the corresponding part of the worksheet. Both students have the same conditional sentences, but where they have words in bold, their partner has gaps and vice versa. The students take it in turns to guess the missing endings of the third conditional sentences. If a student says the exact words that their partner has in bold on their worksheet, the students can move on to the next sentence. If not, the student must continue guessing until they say the exact words. The pair continues like this until all the sentences are complete.
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ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 35 Minutes
In this group activity, students play a game where they try to identify problems from third conditional sentences expressing regret. The students are divided into groups of three and each group is given a set of cards. The students shuffle the cards and place them face down in a pile. Each student takes a card and reads the problem without telling anyone. The students think about what caused the problem on their card. The students then plan how to talk about it using the third conditional, without saying the information on their card. When they are ready, the students take it in turns to talk about their regrets for the problem on their card. The other students listen and try to identify what the problem is. The first student to guess correctly wins the card. If no one guesses correctly, the student expressing the regrets keeps the card. Afterwards, the students take a new card each and repeat the activity. This continues until all the cards have been completed. The student with the most cards at the end of the game is the winner.
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ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 30 Minutes
In this creative ESL activity, students use the third conditional to write sentences about imaginary or unlikely situations in the past. Afterwards, they pick each other's sentences out of a box. Their task is to find out who wrote each sentence by asking third conditional questions. Each group of four is given a set of unfinished sentence cards. The students deal out the cards and complete the sentences any way they like. The students then put their completed sentences in a box in the middle of the classroom. Each student takes a card from the box and goes round the class asking third conditional questions to find the person who wrote the sentence. When they find the person, they write their name on the card, keep it, and take another card from the box. The students repeat the activity until there are no sentences left. The student with the most sentences at the end of the game is the winner.
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ESL EFL Reading and Writing Activity - Intermediate - 35 Minutes
In this challenging role-play activity, students practice accepting responsibility for mistakes using the third (past unreal) conditional. The class is split into groups of three or four and each group is given a set of eight clause strips containing third conditional forms. The students have fifteen minutes to prepare a short role-play for the class about a mistake that someone had made. The situation for the role-play is left up to the students. The only rule is that it must include the eight clauses on their strips. When everyone is ready, the groups present their role-plays to the class. When students are presenting, they must hold up the corresponding strip each time they say one of the eight clauses. After each group’s role-play, the students in the audience make third conditional sentences about the group’s story.
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ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 45 Minutes
In this inspiring teaching activity, students learn to use the third conditional to create speeches by famous people or characters. Students are divided into small teams. Each team prepares a number of short invented speeches that famous people or fictitious/mythological characters could have given regretting actions they had done in the past. Teams take turns reading out their speeches. After a team has read out a speech, the other teams try to guess who it could be. Teams receive one point for each correct guess. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.