Do your students need to practice expressing regrets?
A recent article in the the guardian featured the Top 5 Regrets of the Dying. According to a palliative care nurse in Australia, people on their death beds typically wish they hadn’t worked so hard. Do you enjoy using authentic materials in the classroom? Do your students need to practice expressing regrets? Share the article with your students. You can paraphrase the intro for them and just focus on the list of regrets. Here are a few questions to get your students talking after reviewing the regrets.
- What is palliative care?
- What are the top five regrets of the dying? (Dying people often wish that…)
- What does the list say about unfulfilled dreams?
- What does the list say about suppressing feelings?
- What do the dying say about silliness?
- What are your greatest regrets from your childhood (or teenage years)?
“All of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence.” Bronnie Ware, Palliative Nurse
Discussion question: What do the dying men mean by a “treadmill of a work existence”?
Teach your students different ways of expressing regret:
- I wish I had…
- I wish I hadn’t…
- If only I had…
- If only I hadn’t…
- I regret …
- I’ll always regret
- One of my biggest regrets is …
- I missed out on …
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Tara Benwell is a freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry. She is the media director and head writer for ESL-Library. Her debut novel, The Proper Order of Things is available on Amazon and in the iBookstore. Website: http://www.tarabenwell.com Twitter: @tarabenwell