Yasaman Ibayeva Yasaman Ibayeva

Regrets lesson. Vocabulary
Upper intermediate level


In this lesson, students will focus on the topic "Regrets" based on the reading passage, answer detail questions and learn relevant vocabulary (idioms). They also will speak about this topic using new vocabulary.


Abc H/O about factors for regret
Abc Projector of the picture about regret
Abc Cards showing factors for regret

Main Aims

  • To provide scan and detailed reading practice using a text about regrets

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency practice in speaking about regrets
  • To provide clarification of expressions and idioms in the context of regrets


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Ss are asked whether they regret about the things because they did or did not do in their life. What happenings have led to their regret? What are the main factors causing people's regret in life? Students share their opinions through the discussion.

Pre-Reading/Listening (8-10 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

Ss are given different statements showing the facts that may cause people's regret in life. They discuss the statements in pairs and decide if they are true or false. Then the teacher elicits some opinions.

While-Reading/Listening #1 (12-15 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist and specific information reading/listening tasks

Ss are given the passage about regrets and they work on details in the passage to find out whether the previously given statements are really true or false. After they finish the teacher provides them with correct answers on the W/B and students show the lines in which they found the answers in the passage.

While-Reading/Listening #2 (14-16 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging detailed, deduction and inference reading/listening tasks

Focus on the difficult words and idioms that students face in the passage and elicit their meanings. Encourage the students to show some quantities with different expressions. Elicit examples in other contexts.

Post-Reading/Listening (8-10 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

Student are given cards with the top 20 regrets in. They work in pairs and put the cards in order from the the most widespread factor of regret to that of the least one. After they finish students listen to the recording and check their answers.

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