Les MODAUX / MODAL VERBS
"Tell me and
I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand."
~ Chinese Proverb ~
(Updated on 06/02/2013)
INTERACTIVE exercises :
- interactive quiz (a4esl.org)
comprehension (modal verbs) - (Michel Barbot)
"6 different modal verbs (or modal forms) can be heard in this
excerpt from the Starwars soundtrack.
Play the audio file (as many times as you need), identify the modal
verbs and type them in the boxes."
"Transformez les phrases en utilisant :
MUST / CAN'T pour exprimer la certitude,
MIGHT / COULD pour exprimer la probabilité." (+ photo)
Exercises TO PRINT :
Question of Sport (kentschoolofenglish)
- exercises with certain modal verbs and the vocabulary of sport
to play / to go / to do
PowerPoint presentations :
Lesson plans :
Sketch écrit par Céline Leconte (Ac. Orléans-Tours) pour les 4ème, rédigé à la suite de la séquence "Let's eat American style" de Enjoy 4è.
Ce sketch est essentiellement axé sur les différentes façons de prendre et passer une commande: - could / would / will etc...
Il inclut pas mal d'expressions types utilisées au resto (can I take your coats / enjoy your meal etc...)
ainsi que du vocabulaire et est assez visuel dans sa mise en pratique (il faut pas mal de matériel pour le transformer en vrai sketch)
mais il est utilisable très simplement et modifiable évidemment."
The Leftovers: Past Modals for Speculation - a lesson
"This is the second post based on a TV series. The Leftovers is an intriguing HBO dramatic series and its first scene is perfect for modals for speculation."
Dark Skies: Past Modals for Speculation - a lesson plan
"Dark Skies is a great thriller, but the ending is a bit disappointing. The movie gave me chills, which I love while watching thrillers. I recommend it.
This is an intriguing scene, perfect for modals for speculation."
- A Walk to Remember: Past Modals for Regrets - Should (Not) Have ... - a lesson plan
"This is a teens classic. In a survey I conducted with my advanced level teenagers, this movie was their favorite one, according to the majority of students in my class. So I decided to see it and I agree with them. It is a very good film, indeed. This scene is perfect to talk about regrets, using past modals."
Stories / News :
- RCMP investigate possible threat to athletes at Whistler
"The Mounties should not have publicized the possible threat...
There could be something...
Security forces would be acutely sensitive to any potential threat against an athletes village in the Olympics...
Prof. Byers said he could not speculate who the target of a threat might be...
Police may have helped reduce fears of terrorism...
People may have noticed when the police were searching."
at the Zoo - a Flash story - utilisation de 'would',
'could', 'might' (primaryresources.co.uk)
- What a poem's
"A poem is not a Coat
but it may have some warmth in it.
A poem is not a Dog
but it might be quite a friend.
A poem is not an Endless pair of trousers
but it can be quite long... "
Cartoons : (Si le lien est inaccessible, enregistrer l'image pour obtenir
la taille initiale.)
Games to print :
'ought to' :
INTERACTIVE exercises :
Exercises TO PRINT :
- What would you do if... ? (bogglesworldesl.com) - to print
Conversation Questions :
- Viva La Vida sung by Coldplay - Official video (YouTube)
- with LYRICS on the right of the video :
"I used to rule the world
Seas would rise when I gave the word...
Sweep the streets I used to own
I used to roll the dice...
Listen as the crowd would sing..."
Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) by Nancy Sinatra :
"I was five and he was six
we rode on horses made of sticks
he wore black and i wore white
he would always win the fight...
we used to play bang bang i shot you down bang...
i used to shoot you down
music played and people sang..."
- the Video
of a preacher man by Dusty Springfield :
"That's when billy would take me walkin'
A-through the back yard we'd go walkin'
Then he'd look into my eyes..."
- Cocoon - "On My Way" - the lyrics
"I am such a coward
I could win an award
You may not believe me
But it would be ok
- the VIDEO (YouTube)
Seconds by Youssou N'Dour :
"There's a million voices
To tell you what she should be thinking
so you better sober up for a second"
- All You
Need Is Love by The Beatles :
"There's nothing you can do that can't
Nothing you can sing that can't be
Nothing you can say but you can learn
how to play the game
There's nothing you can make that can't
No one you can save that can't be
by George Michael :
"I was stitched up by the hands of fate...
I was going down for the third time
My heart was broken, I was not open to your suggestions
I had so many questions...
I think you should celebrate..."
- Procol Harum :
"Some say they will and some say they won
Some say they do and some say they don t
Some say they shall and some say they shan
And some say they can and some say they can
- Would (PAST) :
Stop by Hollies :
"Every morning I'd see her waiting at the stop..."
Butterfly by Lind Bob (+ might / might have)
"It's only me pursuing somethin' I'm not sure of
Across my dreams with nets of wonder
I chase the bright elusive butterfly of love..."
Kelly by Mika :
'I could be brown...
Should I bend over?
By Dionne Warwick :
"You got me cryin' Like
I thought I would never be...
How can I love you...
Love should be everything or not at all...
I could be searchin' my world...
When will we meet again...
Why do you have to be a heartbreaker..."
the year 2525 by Zager and Evans :
"If woman can survive
They may thrive...
In the year 4545
Ain't gonna need your teeth, won't need your eyes
You won't find a thing to chew
Nobody's gonna look at you...
If God's a-comin' he ought to make it by then
Maybe he'll look around himself..."
Should Have Been Me by Andreas Johnson :
"When the ring is on your finger, and he wants you to get undressed
Will you fall into his arms, will you set his spirit free, will he ever
get to know...
It should have been me..."
New York by R.E.M. :
"You might have laughed if I told you
You might have hidden a frown
You might have succeeded in changing me
I might have been turned around...
I might have lived my life in a dream"
Day by System of a Down :
"Such a lonely day
Should be banned
It s a day that I can't stand...
Such a lonely day
Shouldn t exist"
by Cat Stevens :
"Oh, if I ever lose my hands- Oh, if...
I wont have to work no more...
Yes if I ever lose my eyes, I won't have to cry no more...
Oh if I ever lose my legs- Oh if... I won't have to walk no more...
Yes, if I ever lose my mouth- Oh if... I won't have to talk...
I'm being followed by a moon shadow"
by S Club 7 :
"come what may"
To Me by Brian McFadden :
"Picnics in the garden
and the children they can play...
I'll raise my family and live in peace...
wake up you might be dreaming"
Beautiful by Robbie Williams :
"If you're lost, hurt, tired or lonely
Can't control it try as you might
May you find that love never leave you
May you find it by the end of the day
You WON'T be lost, hurt, tired or lonely
Something beautiful will come your way"
me by Kelis :
"Said you might trick me once
I won't let you trick me twice..."
to me are everything by Real Thing :
"Oohh I would take the stars out of the sky for
Stop the rain from falling if you asked me to
I'd do anything for you, your wish is my command
I could move a mountain when your hand is in my hand...
The sweetest song that I can sing...
So now you've got the best of me"
took the words right out of my mouth - a song by Meat
"On a hot summer night.
Would you offer your throat to the
wolf with the red roses?
Will he offer me his mouth?
Will he offer me his teeth?
Wlll he offer me his jaws?...
It must have been while you were kissing me"
Proverbes and Idioms :