Hypothetically speaking


This is a short writing activity for intermediate students to revise the second conditional. The students answer the questions individually, read and match their classmate’s answers and further discuss the responses that caught their attention.

Level: B1

Time: 45 minutes


  1. To answer questions using the second conditional.
  2. To match their classmates’ responses to the questions.
  3. To discuss the questions that caught students’ attention using the second conditional.


  1. Hypothetically speaking worksheet, one per student


  1. Give each student a Hypothetically speaking worksheet and ask them to answer the questions in random order, e.g. write the answer to question 1 next to letter d etc.
  2. Put students in pairs, or groups of 3, and ask them to swap papers. The students now read each other’s answers and match the responses to the questions. Encourage students to correct any mistakes they might come across when they go through their classmate’s sentences and ask them to underline the responses that catch their attention.
  3. Monitor throughout the activity.
  4. Now ask the students to swap the papers and check if their classmates matched the responses correctly.
  5. Elicit some answers from the students. When I did this activity for the first time I couldn’t believe how many original responses the students came up with.
  6. In the same pairs or groups of 3 now ask the students to explain in detail the underlined answers using the second conditional.

Fast finishers

  1. Ask students to take 4 of their responses and use them as beginnings of new sentences, e.g. If everyone in the world was madly in love with me, I would be over the moon. I would be over the moon, if I could speak English with an Irish accent.

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This is a speaking activity which allows students to revise zero, first, second and third conditionals. Students write questions for each other and answer them in pairs.


1. To practise zero, first, second and third conditionals.


1. Students write 8 conditional questions: in 1&2,  students write two zero conditional questions; in 3&4, students write two first conditional questions; in 5&6, two second conditional questions, and in 7&8, two third conditional questions. For example:

  1. How do you feel when you don’t get enough sleep?
  2. How do you react when you have an argument with someone?
  3. What will you do if you have extra free time next week?
  4. What will you do if it rains next Sunday?
  5. If you could eat only one food for the rest of your life what food would you choose?
  6. If you could have dinner with anyone who would you choose?
  7. Where would you have gone on holiday last year if time had been no limit?
  8. What would you have done if you had been the headmaster of your school during your school years?

2. When the students are finished, they must pass the sheet to another student, who writes a brief answer to all the questions on a separate piece of paper.

3. Put students in pairs (student A and student B).

4. Using only the answers produced by each student, Students A and B swap answer sheets. They will each have different answers to each other as they have answered different questions.

5. Looking at the answers given by their partner, the students now ask each other questions, e.g. Student A: “Why did you write ‘Stay at home’ in number 4?” Student B: “Because if it rains on Sunday, I will stay at home.”

6. Monitor and provide feedback.