I wish and If only Worksheets and ESL Games

I wish and If only

ESL I wish and If only Worksheet - Reading and Grammar Exercises: Categorising, Gap-fill, Binary Choice, Writing Sentences - Speaking Activity: Guided Discussion, Freer Practice - Pair Work - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this I wish and If only worksheet, students learn and practice how to use I wish and If only to talk about things they would like to be different in the present or past. Students start by reading two personal introductions. Students then indicate who said each statement about a wish or regret based on the information given in the introductions. Next, students decide if each wish or regret is about the past or the present. After that, students read the grammar rules associated with I wish and If only and use verbs in brackets to complete example sentences. Next, students read wishes and regrets and choose the correct form of the verb to complete each sentence. Students then move on to express wishes or regrets for a set of statements using I wish or If only. In the last exercise, students take it in turns to ask conversation questions about wishes and regrets to a partner and respond to their partner's questions with I wish or If only.
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I wish / If only

ESL I wish and If only Worksheet - Grammar and Writing Exercises: Gap-fill, Changing Word Forms, Rewriting Sentences, Sentence Completion, Binary Choice - Intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes

This wishes and regrets worksheet can be used to introduce pre-intermediate students to I wish and If only and how it is used to express present desires and past regrets. Students begin by reading how to use I wish and If only to talk about a present situation that you would like to be different. Students then complete statements with verbs from a box in their past simple form. Next, students change each sentence into a wish about the present using I wish and If only. Students then move on to read how I wish and If only can be used to express regrets for past situations. After that, students complete regrets with the past perfect form of the verbs in brackets. Students then write about four things from their past that they regret with I wish and If only. Finally, students read ten statements and decide if each one is about the present or past by underlining the answer in brackets.
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Oh Dear!

ESL I wish and If only Game - Speaking: Matching, Forming Sentences from Prompts - Pair Work - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this I wish and If only game, students match problems with wishes or regrets and make sentences about them using I wish or If only. In pairs, students take it in turns to turn over one problem card and one wish/regret card. If the prompt on the wish/regret card matches the problem, the student reads it out as a sentence beginning with I wish or If only. If the other student agrees the sentence is correct and matches the problem, the student wins, keeps the two cards and has another turn. If not, the student turns the cards back over, keeping them in the same place. It's then the other student's turn to play. The student with the most pairs of cards at the end of the game wins.
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Regrets Game

ESL I wish and If only Game - Grammar and Writing: Forming and Writing Sentences from Prompts, Freer Practice - Group Work - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this free expressing regrets game, students use I wish and If only and the past perfect to express regrets about health problems. Read a health problem to the class (e.g. 'I've got a toothache'.) and set a time limit of two minutes. The teams then write down as many regrets as they can for the ailment using I wish and If only + the past perfect. For example, 'I wish I hadn’t eaten so many sweets'. 'If only I had gone to the dentist more often', etc. When the time limit has been reached, the teams stop writing and swap their paper with another team for marking. Teams score one point for each appropriate and grammatically correct regret. Write the scores on the board and then read the next health problem. The team with the highest score at the end of the game wins.
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Wishes and Regrets

ESL Wishes and Regrets Worksheet - Grammar Exercises: Gap-fill, Categorising, Binary Choice, Sentence Completion - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this wishes and regrets worksheet, students learn and practice using I wish and If only with the past simple and past perfect to express wishes and regrets. First, students complete a gap-fill exercise where they choose the correct verb from a box to complete wishes and regrets. Next, students put the sentences into the correct category by deciding if each sentence is expressing a wish or regret. Students then complete the grammar rules for I wish and If only by circling the correct tense. Students then move on to rewrite sentences using wish and If only. Students must also decide if each sentence expresses a wish or regret by circling the appropriate word. In the last exercise, students write their own wishes and regrets.
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You're driving me crazy!

ESL I wish and If only Game - Speaking: Forming Sentences from Prompts - Pair Work - Intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes

In this I wish and If only game, students perform short role-plays with I wish and If only to express annoyance. In pairs, students take it in turns to pick up a situation card, tell their partner their character, the location and the action on the card, e.g. 'We are in the library. You are a student studying. (Whistles a song)'. Their partner listens to the situation, takes on the role of the character and expresses annoyance at the reader's action using I wish or If only, e.g. 'I wish you wouldn't whistle'. If the student is able to make a suitable I wish or If only sentence, they win and keep the card. The student with the most cards wins the game.
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