Happy Friday everyone!
Last week, I decided to teach the imparfait and passé composé by have my studcents figure out the rules themselves. Today I decided to try this strategy again, this time in order to teach les phrases conditionnelles. After having taught them how to form le conditionnel, I decided that rather than give them the structure of the sentences and then have them practice, I gave them sample sentences and have them tell me what the structure of the sentences are. I gave them five sentences and asked them to underline the two verbs in each sentence. Then I asked them to tell me the one word that each sentence has in common (“Si”, of course). The next step was to get them to look at all the sentences and to identify the two structures and come up with the rule. I think a few of them struggled a bit with it, but overall, I think it worked well. I also asked them to tell me what these sentences were expressing. They were also able to identify the fact that the sentences were not expressing real events, but possible events under certain conditions.
Hopefully, this strategy of working backwards by giving them the form first and then having them figure out the rules on their own will help them to remember and understand it better.