French si clauses are so tricky! If you want your students to really master them, you’ll need to find some fun and effective ways for students to practice. Here is my students’ favorite way to practice French si clauses with le conditionnel and le futur simple.
I’ve found that even though using a well-structured worksheet for the French conditional is definitely important for helping students learn the structures, many students do even better when combined with this hands-on activity. I like to use a mix of student worksheets, this hands-on activity, and these French si clause writing prompts to make sure students are getting a lot of ways to practice.
To get started, simply cut out each sentence clause, have students place them face up on their desks, then match the correct si clause with its corresponding clause. You can easily walk the room and check their progress by using the original copy as your teacher key.
This activity contains a choice of printable sentence strips or cards that you cut out and give to students in groups of 2 or 3. All of the sentences contain French clauses, and students will match the correct si clause to a second clause using le futur simple or le conditionnel. The sentence clauses are a mix of the imparfait and conditionnel or the present and simple future.
To help students understand that the si clause can come at the beginning or end of the sentence, some sentences will start with the si clause and others will end with it. The result clause is always underlined, so students will know to match two different types of clauses.
Your students will love it, and it will really help them understand the structures:
si + imparfait –> conditionnel and si + présent –> futur simple.
Want to add even more challenge? Have them write their own si clauses as a follow-up homework assignment. You can then use those sentences as bellwork, quiz questions, or another homework for those who need more practice!
I hope this makes si clauses fun for your students!
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