Stanislav Petrov - past perfect, mixed conditionals, reported speech

Submitted by Eleanor Kliffen on Mon, 2017-09-25 12:24

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English, Apply grammar, Use knowledge of grammar

ESOL: ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension), ESOL Writing: text focus (composition), ESOL Reading: sentence focus (grammar, punctuation), ESOL Writing: sentence focus (punctuation and grammar), ESOL Reading: word focus (vocabulary, word recognition, phonics)

Context: History, News, Politics &Government items

Free tags: biography

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

An ESOL reading comprehension based on a BBC News report on the death of Stanislav Petrov, who averted a potential Cold War disaster in 1983.

The text contains several examples of past perfect, reported speech and third / mixed conditionals. The activity combines reading for gist, for detail, identifying vocabulary and identifying parts of speech. An extension activity gives learners an opportunity to write a similar short text, using the same elements of grammar to tell a story about a decision that changed events.

Suitable for ESOL L1 / L2, Functional Skills English L1 / L2.

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