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TESOL Videos - TEFL 120-hour Course - Unit 16
This is Chantelleâ€™s video diary entry after completing unit 16 of her online TEFL course. Unit 16 covers conditionals and reported speech. Both language points can cause difficulty for English language learners and teachers alike. The unit outlines the structure and use of the conditionals and also provides some useful teaching ideas that can be used in your own classes. It also goes into detail about when we use reported speech and the changes that occur when changing direct speech into reported speech. You will also find teaching ideas to help you understand how this language point can be taught in the classroom.
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Conditionals and reported speech are two fairly advanced parts of speaking the English language. While the sentences can make use of fairly simple grammar and vocabulary, the concepts and ideas behind conditionals and reported speech are what make them more difficult and advanced. There are five different kinds of conditionals that native speakers certainly do not actively think about but which ESL students much tackle in a very active manner to completely grasp due to their similarity to each other. In regards to reported speech, the most difficult part to teach I think will be the transformation of the tenses from direct to reported, but thankfully the chart on page six illustrates that at least each tense transforms to a specific tense and not multiple possible tenses.