Before getting down to business, I want to tell you about this month's extra activity. The original plan was to visit a winery on Saturday but there has been a scheduling conflict, so we will postpone that trip until April. Instead, we will meet on Friday March 30th at 18:00 to visit an exhibit and discuss it. Email me if you would like to come!
We continued our practice with the third conditional by reimagining the past using sentences like "Would Eastern Europe still be communist if the fall of the Berlin Wall hadn't happened?" For most students this structure is a little clumsy, so I recommend you review the grammar at home. You could try checking out the view and exercises at grammar quizzes and this quiz.
For listening, the BBC has some good audio links with quizzes about using "I Wish I Had Gone" and the correct pronunciation of the Past Perfect. Advanced learners should check out the most recent episode of This American Life called Switched At Birth (mp3 withtranscript). What do you think the mother in this story should have done? How could the situation have been different?
For reading, try reading these dialogues using the third conditional or read the article A Very Bad Day. Advanced readers may apprecaite the Newsweek article aboutWhat If 9/11 Had Never Happened?
I recommend you practice some writing with this structure. You could try writing a "domino" story like we did in class. For example, If the fall of the Berlin Wall hadn't happened, Germany would not have been united. If Germany hadn't become a united country, maybe it wouldn't have joined the European Union. If Germany hadn't joined the EU.... and so on and so on. Or you could try writing about a pivotal moment in your personal life, and how your path would have been different if it hadn't turned out that way!
Don't forget, next week is the last week before spring break There will be no class on April 6th, 7th or 8th. Classes resume April 16th.