Around the age of 48-60 months, typically developing children start to understand the basic meaning of “unless”. “Unless” (as a conjunction) means “except if”. For many people – including people learning English as a second language and/or people with developmental language disorders – understanding and using “unless” correctly is very difficult. “Unless” is an important word to know for linking ideas and describing conditional relationships. “Unless” is used often by teachers at school; employers at work; and parents at home.
In this 21-page language workout, we provide lots of examples of “unless” in familiar routines. We have elected to use “unless” as a conjunction to stimulate complex sentence development. We have used pictures as well as the words to support people with different strengths and skill levels.