2HV T4a What if…letters B1

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2HV T5a What if…letters B1

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The Story Behind This Task

You have…

a pen pal with whom you are corresponding via email about ‘What if…’ situations.

‘What if…’ situations are hypothetical. You could get be inspired by a movie, series, game or book.

With writing to your pen pal you present your ‘What if…’ idea and ask your pen pal to reply.

In this Task you will suggest a ‘What if…’ idea to your pen pal and you will answer a pen pal with an email about their ‘What if…’.

‘What if…’ questions can be about anything. ‘What if cars could fly?’ or ‘What if money did not exist?’.
It’s all about you pitching your idea to somebody else, asking them for a reply. And about you replying to someone else’s idea.

Two produce phases then, in which you will get feedback from peers (your classmates) and your teacher. If you follow the steps carefully, you will be sure to hand in a nice portfolio at the end of the Task.

Basically, you are going to write 2 emails:

One pitching your own ‘What if…’ idea and one responding to that of another. Of course all ideas need to be respectful of others.

During the task you will:

  • Practise giving and receiving feedback;
  • Improve on feedback;
  • Explain your ideas;
  • Practise using certain vocabulary, and
  • Practise using certain grammar forms.
What if the Earth was flat?

Source: livesience.com


You have two lessons a week to work on the task. In the other lesson, we will do other activities.

You have 3 weeks for this task.
Explore Phase: 1 lesson
Produce Phase I: 1 lesson
Feedback Phase: 0.5 lesson
Grow Phase I: 0.5 lesson
Produce Phase II: 2 lessons
Reflect Phase: 0.5 lessons
Show Phase: 0.5 lesson


You can earn 600XP with this task.

You can earn 60 extra GEMS in total for this task. These are based on:
– Language used in your emails;
– Exceptional creative idea and/or response;
– Outstanding structure of handed-in product;
– Shown improvement on given feedback.

You can only get these points if you did extra well. That means: better than we expect for a sufficient mark.


related to:
– Asking someone about specific information / opinions;
– Giving specific information / opinions;
– Writing / asking about hypothetical situations regarding the future.
-Explaining your priorities and understanding other’s.


related to:
– Conditional sentences, B1 level (see Help me Learn / Grammar / Conditional sentences B1)
– Modals (would / could / should / etc.)

Year and level

Year 2
B1 Writing
B1 Reading

Learning Goals

Nadat je deze taak af hebt kan je de onderstaande leerdoelen afvinken op je leerdoelenkaart B1 (Produce Phase I en II).

Schrijven (B1)

Lezen (B1)

Link naar volledige leerdoelen kaart

De bovenstaande leerdoelen voor schrijven en lezen zijn terug te vinden op de leerdoelkaart B1 voor moderne vreemde talen (MVT). Zie deze link voor het volledige overzicht van de B1 MVT leerdoelen.

Mining Expeditions

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