Regrets? I have a few…

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Expressing regrets

expressing regrets


In this lesson, students watch a video and learn structures for expressing regrets. They also practise some phrases for responding to regrets. 

B2 / Upper Intermediate60 minStandard LessonFree / Premium Plan


At the beginning of the lesson, students complete some statements about themselves. The statements refer to regrets. They also briefly discuss some questions about regrets. Before watching the video, students look at a list of regrets and decide whether they are more common among kids and teens or adults. At this point the teacher should encourage students to use gerund after the verb regret when expressing regrets (e.g. Kids regret getting into fights.). Then, students watch two parts of the video (about two minutes altogether) and compare their answers with those from the video. After the video, students read six statements and decide to what extent they agree with them using a provided scale. The statements refer to regrets. 


In this part of the lesson students use guided discovery to learn different ways of expressing regrets. The structures include I wish…, If only…, I should have…, I regret… Then, they do a controlled practice activity. They need to paraphrase regrets using words in brackets and making any other necessary changes. After that, students look at six different responses to regrets and complete them with words provided in a box. The responses include: Don’t be so hard on yourself., I feel you on this one., Why don’t you try and pull yourself together?, etc. Students also need to match the responses to the regrets from the previous task. 

Finally, students look at six photos of people in different situations. They need to write dialogues to present what the people in the photos are saying. They need to use structures for expressing regrets, as well as phrases for responding to regrets studied in the lesson. 




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  1. Fernanda Marafante

    Such an interesting lesson! I loved it. Very creative and useful!

    1. Inna

      Thank you so much, Fernanda! We’re happy you liked it 🙂

  2. Christiane IG

    What a wonderful lesson!

  3. Caroline Aparecida Vaz de Araujo Medeiros

    I love this lesson, its perfect

    1. Inna

      Thank you so much for your feedback, Caroline!

  4. Bodhisatya Chakraborty

    I love the lesson plans. I have recently started using it in my class.

    1. Inna

      Thank you so much! We’re happy to hear that 🙂

  5. Azita Farivar

    Thanks a lot a wonderful leson

    1. Inna

      Thank you so much! We’re happy you liked this lesson 🙂

  6. Hayfa Felah

    Wonderful lesson. Very inspiring! I am going to use it today with my B2 students. Can’t thank you guys enough!

    1. Inna

      Thank you so much, Hayfa! We’re happy this lesson resonated with you 🙂

  7. Olga K

    Great lesson! Thank you

    1. Inna

      Thank you so much!


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