If I were a boy

Is there anything Beyonce can't do? Not content with being a multi-award winning artist, she has also sang the perfect song for teaching the second conditional, If I were a boy. Being such a well recognised icon means she is bound to have relevance to a lot of students out there. There are a few tricky phrasal verbs in the song's lyrics but these can be used to practise guessing through context.



  • Teach or reinforce the second conditional tense for unlikely or impossible situations
  • Practise listening for detail using a popular Beyonce song
  • Students will be able to produce sentences expressing what they would do in imaginary situations


  • Intermediate
  • Upper-immediate


  • 50 minutes

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