Teaching si clauses can be really difficult, because we often are teaching it after years of heavy grammar. Students memorize conjugations, do some written quizzes, maybe do a project, and then move on to the next chapter, the next set of conjugations.
Of all the verb tenses, the conditional is by far my favorite! We love si clauses, and we often plays games of "What if..." To get you started, you'll need to get students used to speaking in hypothetical terms. This writing and speaking activity is a great way to get students used the conditional by speaking and writing in the 1st person.
I start the activity with writing prompts that I put on the wall on poster paper. I use about 10-12 different prompts and posters for a class of 20-25. I often have 2 or more classes doing this activity, so when I do, I might put 2 posters (or a larger poster) for each question to accommodate all of their answers.
Students do a tour of the room in pairs and complete the si clauses. They aren't necessarily working together, but I do pairs because my room won't hold 25 posters. This allows two students to work on the same question at a time. They will work with that partner later, though, so be sure to pair them up well.
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The writing part of this activity will take about 1 minute per question. You can give the students 30-45 seconds that you time, or you can have them do a self-paced tour. If you have 10-12 questions, you should plan for 10-15 minutes to do the writing portion.
As a follow-up, you can use one last question as an exit ticket. I usually ask students to answer and then explain why they answered that way. I give them about 3-4 minutes to write a quality answer and turn it in.
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In total, this activity usually takes about 35 minutes with teacher directions, movement time, follow-up questions, and the exit ticket. I usually do it after students have learned the irregular stems of the conditional and are beginning to work on si clauses. It is a good idea to make sure they understand the structure Si + imparfait --> conditionnel before doing it though, or you will find many sentences ending in the imparfait.
I'll be following up with more fun ways to teach si clauses next week! Make sure to check back for some more fun ideas. :)