Nadezda Krupnova Nadezda Krupnova

Demo lesson
Upper-intermediate level


Abc HO1
Abc HO2
Abc HO3
Abc HO4

Main Aims

  • To provide Ss with clarification, review and practice of I wish / If only in the context of regrets about past

Subsidiary Aims

  • To give Ss practice in speaking for fluency in the context of regrets about past


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

Focus Ss' attention on the quote: Some people want things to happen, some wish things would happen, others make things happen. (Michael Jordan, US basketball player) Ask Ss what this quote means and if they agree with it. Ss discuss in small groups. Elicit some ideas from Ss. Ask: How do we feel when we made mistakes or didn't do something in the past? Elicit the word "regret". Direct Ss' attention to the questions on w/b. PW: Ss discuss the questions. • Is it possible to live a life without regrets? • Are regrets positive? Why or why not? • Is it true that people tend to regret the things they didn’t do more than those they did? • What do people regret in life? W/c FB: Ask Are regrets important in a person's life?

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text

Show vocabulary matching activity. Tell Ss to match words and phrases with the correct definitions. Distribute handouts. Ss work individually and then peer-check their answers. Call one of the early finishers to come to the w/b and write the answers. W/c FB. Drill for pronunciation. (ANSWERS: 1 d, 2 e, 3 f, 4 b, 5 a, 6 c) Tell Ss they are going to read about people and things they regret. Direct Ss to pictures on slide and ask Ss to predict people's regrets. Ss discuss their predictions in groups. Elicit some predictions from Ss about the reading. Distribute the reading text and ask Ss to read and answer the question: What do they regret? Ss peer-check. W/c FB.

Highlighting (2-3 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

Ask Ss to find 3 sentences about regrets in the text and underline them. Ss peer-check. W/c FB.

Clarification (8-10 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

Meaning: Give instructions. Distribute the Guided Discovery HO to Ss. Ss complete the rules individually and then peer-check. W/c FB. Form: Ss complete the substitution tables with the correct forms. Ss peer-check. W/c FB.

Controlled Practice (5-7 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Focus on the instructions. Give Ss HO. Ss do exercise individually and then peer-check. Ss check against the answer keys. W/c FB.

Semi-Controlled Practice & Freer Practice (8-10 minutes) • To further consolidate the TL and to provide Ss with freer practice of the TL

Focus on the list of regrets and make sure Ss understand them all. Give Ss time to read the list of regrets. Put Ss in pairs and get them to decide which they think are the top 5 regrets for people in their age groups. Which do you think would be the top 5 regrets for people in your age group? W/c FB. Focus on the task and give Ss time to think about 2 regrets for each situation. Put Ss in small groups and get them to compare regrets. Encourage Ss to ask each other for more information. Get some FB from the class about some of their regrets.

Web site designed by: Nikue