Fulfilling life? Job? Relationships? Can we have it all with no regrets?

Fulfilling life? Job? Relationships? Can we have it all with no regrets?

Lesson overview

In this Advanced ESL lesson, the student will learn and practice the word forms, meaning, and collocations of the word fulfillment. They will talk about their lost opportunities using past modals.


Have you ever regretted not doing something or losing an opportunity that was just in front of you and all you had to do was to make the right decision? Have you ever dreamed about a fulfilling job and life? If you answered YES to both of the questions, this lesson is just for you! You will learn past modals of lost opportunity and X-ray the concept of fulfillment from the deepest meaning all the way through the tiniest nooks and crannies of intricate grammar around this word. Don’t hesitate! Jump right in! 



The lesson starts with a quote by Tony Robbins about true fulfillment. The student says whether they agree or disagree.
Then, based on the use of the word fulfillment in different contexts, the student decides whether these meanings are related or completely different. They also learn about the correct spelling(s) and forms of the word.


Collocations with the word fulfillment

The student fills in the gaps with prepositions that collocate with the word fulfillment. They also find and correct the mistakes in fulfillment collocations. Furthermore, they learn which verbs collocate with this word and use them to complete the sentences.

The student ticks all the things on the list that give them fulfillment in life. Then, they finish the sentences about fulfillment, so that they are true for them.


Video: How to find fulfilling work

Prior to watching the video, the student decides if work should bring us both money and fulfillment. Then, they watch the video How to find fulfilling work and note down six ideas that can help people on their quest for fulfilling work. Next, they match the phrases from the box with these six ideas. 


Modals of lost opportunity

The student is introduced to modals of lost opportunity, the rules of their use, and a couple of examples. Their task is to match different concepts to the correct modal forms (could have, might have, should have, may have). Next, they find and correct the mistakes in sentences containing modals of lost opportunity.
They practice using these modals by talking about hypothetical situations.

Finally, they discuss their lost opportunities, regrets, as well as sense of fulfillment.

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