If I Were Omnipotent...

Theresa Dash - author of the lesson   Theresa I April 18, 2021
General English, Speaking Lessons
Hypothetical Situations
B1 Intermediate
Conditionals, Adjectives as Nouns, Second Conditional
Grammar, Speaking
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
45 minutes
If I Were Omnipotent... | ESL Speaking Lesson

Lesson Overview

What would you do if you were omnipotent for a day? In this lesson, students will discuss hypothetical situations and things that are unlikely to happen. This lesson features a video of the popular TV show “Friends” in which a group of people discuss what they would do if they were omnipotent for a day. Students will learn and practice the second conditional, the use of adjectives as nouns, and vocabulary relating to this topic. The lesson includes plenty of engaging discussion activities and worksheets that have been developed for adults and teenagers.

Lesson Objectives

  • Grammar: Learners will delve into the second conditional and the use of adjectives as nouns, enhancing their ability to discuss hypothetical scenarios and describe groups of people.

  • Listening: The objective is to improve comprehension through engaging video content, focusing on hypothetical scenarios presented in a popular TV show. Students will listen to different wishes and ideas, fostering a deeper understanding of the second conditional in context.

  • Speaking: Students will engage in discussions about what they would do with omnipotent powers, practicing the second conditional in a fun and imaginative context. This activity aims to boost confidence and fluency in speaking about hypothetical situations.

  • Vocabulary: The lesson will introduce and practice vocabulary related to omnipotence, hypothetical situations, and describing groups of people using adjectives as nouns. This enriches students' expressive capabilities.

  • Homework: To reinforce learning, students will match sentences with actions, correct sentences using the second conditional, and express personal hypothetical scenarios and wishes using the grammar and vocabulary learned.


Watch a short scene from the famous TV show “Friends”. Learn what the characters would wish for if they were omnipotent for a day. Would you want world peace, no more hunger, or bigger boobs?

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

omnipotent [adjective]: having unlimited power
donate [verb]: to give something to a charity or someone in need
almighty [adjective]: having absolute, unlimited power
boobs [noun]: women's breasts (informal)
wish [noun]: a desire or hope for something
wish [verb]: to desire
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