Better Safe than Sorry

Theresa Dash - author of the lesson   Theresa I December 21, 2021
General English, Speaking Lessons
Life Choices
B2 Upper-Intermediate
Grammar, Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
45 minutes
Students in an online American English class engaging in discussions about life choices and enhancing their proficiency in using "wish" in various scenarios.

Lesson Overview

Don’t cry over spilled milk! In this lesson, students will talk about life choices and the most common things people regret in life. This lesson features a video of people revealing their biggest regrets. Students will learn and practice the use of “wish” in different situations and vocabulary relating to this topic. The lesson includes plenty of engaging discussion activities and worksheets that have been developed for adults and teenagers.

Lesson Objectives

  • Grammar: Students will deepen their understanding of "wish" used in different contexts, focusing on expressing regrets about past actions using "wish" combined with the past perfect tense, and desires in the present using "wish" with the past simple.

  • Listening: By listening to a video of individuals sharing their deepest regrets, students will practice their comprehension skills, focusing on how speakers express regrets and wishes, enhancing their ability to understand complex emotional content in English.

  • Speaking: Students will engage in discussions about their personal regrets and hypothetical situations using the structures learned. This activity aims to improve their ability to express feelings and hypothetical scenarios clearly and effectively.

  • Vocabulary: The lesson will expand vocabulary related to expressing regrets and desires. Students will learn specific expressions and verbs that frequently accompany the grammar structures used with "wish."

  • Homework: Students will practice forming sentences using "wish" to express regrets about the past and desires in the present through various written exercises. These activities aim to reinforce their understanding of narrative tenses and the use of "wish" in everyday communication.




Have you ever cried over spilled milk? Watch this video to learn about common regrets that people have. Cheating, going to prison, falling in love with the wrong person. What’s your biggest regret?

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

better safe than sorry [idiom]: used to say that it is better to be careful now so that problems do not occur later on
split up [verb]: to end a relationship or partnership; to separate
spouse [noun]: a husband or wife, considered in relation to their partner
toddler [noun]: a young child who is just beginning to walk
be locked up [phrasal verb]: to be in jail or prison
mandatory [adjective]: required by law or rules; obligatory
come out of the closet [idiom]: to publicly announce a belief or preference that one has kept hidden, especially one's sexual preference
keep in touch [phrase]: to be or stay in communication (with someone)
break up [phrasal verb]: (relating to a relationship) to end, finish, or bring to an end
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