This can be used for the first conditional, second conditional, or third conditional or even mixed conditional forms as practice after introduction and controlled practice.
- Explain that you are going to make a statement in the conditional. The next person in the group is going to continue the chain by reformulating your statement and adding a new one. Give an example (best not to be in the first person singular).
First conditional example:
Trainer: If we ban cars from the city center, we will have less traffic.
Person B: If we have less traffic, it will be safer for cyclists and children.
Person C: If it is safer…
Second conditional example:
Trainer: If people had tails, we could climb trees better.
Person B: If we climbed trees better, we would also live in trees.
Person C: If we lived in trees…
Third conditional example:
Trainer: If Elvis hadn’t died, he would have made more records.
Person B: If Elvis had made more records, he would have earned more money.
Person C: If Elvis had earned…
2. Continue the chains either until everyone has had a chance to contribute or there is a natural ending to the chain.
NB: Always make sure they REPEAT the first condition. Though this is not necessary natural in conversation, it checks if they understand the form.
1-1: This can be used as described above for 1-1 training.