Stella PS Stella PS

TP3 Grammar
Upper Intermediate level


Main Aims

  • To introduce and practice Wish / If Only in past, present, and future contexts

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide speaking fluency in using the TL
  • To practice listening for the context provided by the video


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

Learners watch YouTube video: "5 Biggest Regrets People Have Before They Die" (2:09 mins) and talk about the topic OCFB. CCQs: "When do people have regrets?" "Are these things they could have changed?"

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

Focus on "if only" with a) + past verb, b) + would + infinitive without to, and c) + past perfect. CCQs: Example: If only he knew the truth. ("Does he know the truth?" No. "Do you want him to?" Yes.) Example: If only he had listened. ("Did he listen?" No. "Do we think he should have?" Yes. "When should he have listened?" In the past.)

Presentation through the text (8-10 minutes) • To provide context for the TL through a text or situation

Intensive Reading Task: Learners read transcript of video "5 Biggest Regrets People Have Before They Die" (Google Forms). Individual reading followed by OCFB. CCQs: "Are these people happy at the end of their lives?" "Tell me why these people are unhappy?" "If you were one of these people, how would you tell me about your final regrets?"

Controlled Practice (5-8 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Google Quiz (sent to students in Zoom chatbox) with 5 questions from Exercise 4A. Learners do individually and discuss results OCFB. ICQs: "Are you doing this exercise together or on your own?" "What button do you click when you have finished?"

Free Practice (5-8 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the TL by completing a communicative task.

Instructions (on slide and verbally): "Final Discussion: Your Hopes and Regrets." Break Out Rooms for 5 mins. Students create a sentences about their own regrets and/or hopes (past, present or future), using "Wish (that)/If Only" . ICQs: “How many questions should your write?” One. “Do you have to write about past regrets?” No. "Can you write about future wishes and hopes?” Yes.) T conducts OCFB.

Feedback and DEC (8 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

T reviews 3 recurrent errors made in SS speech, as noted during the lesson.

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