Activities For Teaching The Third Conditional
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The third conditional in English is used to talk about situations in the past which didn’t happen. It describes a condition in the past and the possible result; however, because this is in the past it cannot be changed; basically, it didn’t happen. In other words, the third conditional talks about impossible situations in the past. We use it mostly to make deductions or express regrets about the past.
As with the other conditional structures, there are many different activities that you can use to practise the third conditional in the EFL classroom.
- Historical situations. Think of a few historic moments in world history and let the students discuss what could have or might have happened if things had been different. For example, If JFK hadn’t been in Texas on November 22, 1963….. or If Kim Kardashian hadn’t met Kanye West… Just remember to choose a number of situations which you think your students will be familiar with or even get them to come up with the situation. For a more advanced class you could turn it into a chain of consequences game (if possible) by linking the different events.
- Personal histories. The above activity can be adapted to relate to the students’ personal histories; as we know, EFL students love talking about themselves and it helps make the language structure more memorable. For example, If I hadn’t come to England…If I had learned English at school… Again, this can be used as a chain game.
- Regretful situations. Use a story – factual or fictional – which has a negative outcome. The students can then discuss alternative actions which would have resulted in different consequences. For example, If John hadn’t stayed out all night…
The one thing to be mindful of when you are doing these activities – or any related to the third conditional – is that these situations can lead to the production of mixed conditionals. Many past actions can have present consequences, which would be expressed with a mixed conditional. For example, If I hadn’t decided to learn English, I wouldn’t be here now. This is not a problem, as such, because it is a perfectly legitimate sentence, but you may need to spend some time clarifying the difference between third conditionals and mixed conditionals. Of course, if your students are familiar with all four conditionals, then the introduction of the mixed conditional should not really cause any confusion. Ultimately it shouldn’t matter which conditional they are producing, as long as they are producing language which is appropriate and accurate.
Also bear in mind that conditional structures can be overwhelming and confusing for EFL learners. They can be tricky to get your head around and get straight in terms of usage, so when teaching conditionals make sure you are clear in the situations that you use.
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- 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.