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Spam: a 2nd conditional lesson

Ever wondered what would happen if you replied to those spam emails offering us business deals, congratulating us on lottery winnings or informing us of massive inheritances?

James Veitch did just that and inadvertently gave us a great topic for a second conditional lesson.

Watch his video here and use it as the basis for a lesson. I’m sure you can come up with a lesson yourself, but here’s one idea:

Introduce a visual of spam:


Credit: Mike Mozart: Spam #Spam Creative Commons

and elicit the different meanings of spam, bearing in mind, of course, that your students may not be familiar with the food. Lead this into a discussion on email spamming, perhaps chatting about your students’ own experiences with it.

Then ask what they think would happen if they replied to a spam email.

This will lead to a discussion using the second conditional. The grammar can be boarded if you want.

Then watch the video and the students can see what really happened to find out if their predictions were correct. You can create a few comprehension and vocabulary questions to focus their listening as well.

Note: James Veitch speaks quite quickly so this video is better suited to more advanced levels.

Enjoy 🙂



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This entry was posted on March 13, 2016 by in activities, General TEFL, grammar, humour, lesson plan and tagged , , , , , , , .

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