Monday, April 16, 2007

If the World Were a Village of 100 People....

We are studying conditional sentences in grammar this week. An exercise in the book asks students to use world population statistics to write a description of what a hypothetical global village would be like if it reflected these statistics.

The original essay upon which this exercise was based can be found here. Geographer Matt Rosenberg disagreed with some of the statistics and revised it here. Can you see any differences?

Sometimes the village has 1000 people instead of 100, as in this site. (Notice that the author shifts from the hypothetical conditional to simple present tense as she describes her imaginary "village".) You could practice your conditionals by rewriting the sentences using unreal conditional forms.

Finally, here is a little video produced by campers at Camp About Face in Georgia, USA:

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