Grammar lesson plan (A2+): present perfect simple vs. past simple

This is a staple of pre-intermediate EFL grammar lessons, and it’s rather been done to death over the years. However, this is the materials-light/ dogme lesson I use to practice this important and useful grammar point with learners. It works best in a classroom, but would be equally at home in an online class. Lead-in … Continue reading Grammar lesson plan (A2+): present perfect simple vs. past simple

Lesson plan (B2): I wish and If only


This EFL lesson plan is a recent activity that I used in an FCE class, which I found to work really well with Upper Intermediate (B2) learners. I think it could work equally well with Advanced/CAE learners as a review of the forms.

It could be a standalone lesson plan, or would supplement most courses well.

The inspiration for this comes from Lindsay Clanfield’s Global English textbook, and uses as its source SMITH Magazine‘s “Six-word memoir” feature, which you can see online here. The idea is that people distil their lives into 6 words, which throws up all kinds of interesting language in itself that you may want to exploit.


  • learners to understand and use wish/if only with past simple and past perfect to discuss hypothetical desires/regrets in the present and past.
  • learners to practise summarisng and reacting to short, abstract texts.


6 word memoir sentences and student worksheet

  • extra controlled practise exercises (optional)
  • post-it notes or similar

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