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Marriage past regrets and criticism
Upper-intermediate level


In this lesson, students will revise past form of should which is used to tell about past regrets and past criticism. They will do some reading and speaking activities in the context of marriage.


Abc reading handout
Abc internet images
Abc "That was a mistake" writing card

Main Aims

  • To provide practice to use should've and shouldn't have correctly in the context of marriage

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide speaking practice to talk about past regrets and criticism in the context of marriage


Lead-in (5-6 minutes) • to generate interest to set the context "marriage"

T. puts a marrying couple photo on the board asks. What's happening? Are they happy? Are you married?Do you have married friends? Do you have any friends that are going to get married soon? T. says "we wish them luck when they get married." Do they need also some advice? What kind of advice do you give them? Ss discuss in pairs.Then they tell them to the whole class.

Warm-up (5-6 minutes) • to introduce the imaginary character to generate interest

T. tells a little story about the imaginary character Sam. We've a friend called Sam. Before he got married, his friends had also given some similar advice to him. On the contrary, Sam's marriage resulted in a big failure. Now he's divorced and regretful about past. T.asks What caused his marriage to fail you think? They discuss in pairs. Then they tell to the whole class.

Exposure (4-5 minutes) • to introduce the target language in a text

T. gives a small handout which includes a conversation between Sam and his friend. T. wants them to find one sentence telling about a past regret and one sentence telling about criticism. T. writes those sentences on the white board and lets students discuss about these two sentences.

Clarification (4-6 minutes) • to understand form, meaning and use

T. focuses on the meaning asking CCQ questions. Did she help his wife with the baby?No Did he take the job in London?Yes Is he sad now? Is his friend criticizing him about his marriage? Yes T. draws a time line if necessary. T. focuses on the verb form.( past participle) T. focuses on pronunciation by doing repetitions.show the weak sound in should've.

controlled practice (10-12 minutes) • to use the target language when speaking and writing.

T. wants them to read about Sam's confess about his marriage.They read the text and Class is divided into two Sams and Sam's friends. Sams make sentences starting with I should've, I shouldn't have, Sam's friends make sentences beginning with You should've /shouldn't have... Two gruops gather to match the sentences that have the same meaning.T. monitors and gives them feedback.

Freer activity (8-10 minutes) • to use target language to make an explicit to their own lives

Self-criticism That was a mistake! Teacher gives them a piece of paper with the title above.They write one or two past regrets and current results on it. T. gives an example before the activity. e.g.Last night, I had an accident. I shouldn't have driven very fast . I should've been more careful. After they write, they tell them to their partners. Then their partners talk about them to the whole class. Teacher gives feedback when necessary.

Extra activity • to practice

If the activities finish early, they'll also criticize a family member, friend or a relative using the target language

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