I’ve been utilizing great materials that I received from Nelly Hughes at the OFLA conference based around the song jueves by La Oreja de Van Gogh. Within the song and readings that Nelly provided, there are many good examples of conditional situations (If I were prettier, he would look at me. If I were smarter, I would . . .) We’ve spent much time on the song and the terrorist bombings in Madrid on March 11, 2004 that inspired it. It’s a sad song and a pretty heavy topic. In order to get some more input with conditional situations, I created the following story. Unlike most of what we’ve done in this unit, the story gets a bit silly. Of course, when you start thinking about “If I . . . ” sentences, your mind immediately drifts to Justin Bieber. At least mine does.
This story script is to be asked in class. I use a paper plate mask with Justin’s face on it for one actor. I use it after spending some time with the song, but this story could also be used on its own.
For non Spanish speakers: The story is pretty simple. A girl has a boyfriend who does not treat her right. He steals from her, laughs at her haircut, forgets her birthday, kisses her sister . . . etc. Every time he lets her down, Justin Bieber shows up/calls and says, “If I were your boyfriend, I wouldn’t do that. I would . . . ” The girl continuously rejects Justin and remains with her boyfriend.
Here it is in Spanish: