Let me entertain you… with grammar.


Rating: HARD.  FCE and over. FCE might struggle. Perfect reading and vocabulary exercise for CPE and CAE. Plus CONDTIONAL practise.

Over the last few weeks CONDITIONALS have been cropping up in FCE lessons. I find my pupils are often tempted to apply the mathematical formulae:

[IF + pres. simple], [will]

[IF + past simple], [would]


Boring. The rules can be found in any EFL book, on any ELT website or blog. This isn’t about the rules, but how to learn to use conditionals without your pupils wanting to take a swan dive out of the window. Most FCE books have ‘grammar for Use of English’ pages with focused grammar exercises which are useful… yet dull. It doesn’t matter if it’s been related to the reading section or the listening because most of my pupils unanimously agree that these are dull too. Entertaining is not (understandably) Cambridge’s priority. But without…

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