Activities For Teaching The First Conditional
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Conditionals can be a bit tricky for English language learners. While the grammar itself is not difficult, the issue for the learner is more about knowing when to use the different conditionals; in other words, in what situations are the conditionals used. If you think of it in this way it then makes sense to teach the conditionals is such a way as to make clear their situational uses. Let’s now look at a few activities which can help you teach the first conditional.
The first conditional is often used for promises. One activity, then, which can be used is to talk about those promises which we always hear. Spend some time looking at or brainstorming the most common promises – This will only hurt a little bit; I will always love you; I’ll get back to you as soon as possible, If you behave I’ll give you a lollipop – and students can discuss the different situations surrounding the promises.
This can also be manipulated into a political situation. Create an election and divide the class into different political parties. The groups must then give presentations as to why they should be elected as the governing party: If you vote for us, we’ll cut taxes. Students can try think of any crazy promises they can make in order to get the votes and win the election.
First conditionals can also be used for negotiation: If you cook dinner, I’ll wash the dishes. In order to practise this, prepare a few cards before the class with a situation on each – cook dinner, wash dishes. Students must then work in pairs and negotiate with other students in order to get the best possible situation for themselves. Essentially it’ll work in a chain: If you cook dinner, I’ll wash the dishes. I’ll cook dinner if you clean my car. I’ll clean your car if you walk the dog. Students can accept or reject the offers until they have used up all their cards.
First conditionals can also be utilised for consequences – possible or likely situations in the present or future. This is the basis of a fun writing activity. Each student has a piece of paper and writes a sentence on it. This sentence should be a statement, but plans or arrangements for the future work best: I’m going to watch a movie tonight. The next student writes a conditional relating to that statement. If you watch a movie tonight, you’ll buy popco. This is then passed on but only the sentence immediately before is shown. When all the students have written sentences, the whole (hopefully funny) story can be read aloud.
As with any grammatical point, it’s important that students are able to practise the structure in appropriate situational contexts, so it is important to find games and activities which allow this. In order for your students to be able to use structures appropriately, they need to be able to relate them to specific situations and contexts. Using these activities will do just that for the first conditional.
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- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.