Gap-fill – Chances – Backstreet Boys

ChancesDunno about you, but I’ve been listening to the new Backstreet Boys hit – Chances – on repeat these last few days. And this is how I realised this is a great song to help students notice third conditional past perfect forms! Amazing, I know: ).
I’ve made a gap-fill that you can use in class for a (fun) listening activity. Check it out!
Download here: Chances.
Have fun teaching!
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I wish…

TeachingGamesEFL.com - by Mike Astbury

This is an adaptable freer practice activity which I have used when teaching various grammar structures. In this example we’re looking at ‘I wish…’ with the past simple.

I have Jane-Maria Harding da Rosa to thank for this activity. She adapted an idea from teaching grammar creatively. Students use pictures and personalised sentences to produce memorable examples of the target language. I’ve written a brief lesson plan to set up the activity.

I wish 4.jpg “I wish I was a celebrity.”

Lesson plan / set up

For the lead in I wrote a few wishes of my own on the board with gaps and told the class “These sentences are about me. What words are missing?”:

My computer’s broken. I ______ I ______ a new laptop.
I loved visiting Berlin. I ______ I ______ still on holiday.
I’m not very musical. I ______ I ______ play the guitar.
I want to go…

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