Jun 12, 2011

(500) Days of Summer: Wish/ If Only

This is a great movie and this scene is perfect to practice the use of wish and if only, because it shows at the same time what the main character expected to happen before his date and what actually happened . The contextualization is perfect for this grammar point.






I. Watch the movie segment. Tom wanted his expectations to align with reality. Read what his expectations are and then write sentences paraphrasing his expectations, using wish or if only. Finally, write another sentence explaining what actually happened.


HIS EXPECTATIONS BEFORE THE DATE:


1. She will hug him tenderly when she receives his gift.

Ex: He wished she would hug him tenderly when she received the gift, but she just thanked him.

2. He will spend the whole dinner romantically talking to her.

.............................................................

3. He will give her a passionate kiss.

.............................................................

4. She will fall in love with him.

.............................................................

5. He will leave the dinner party with her.

............................................................

6. They will make up and be together forever.

............................................................




Answer Key:


Possible answers

1. He wished she would hug him tenderly when she received the gift, but she just thanked him.

2. If only he would spend the whole dinner romantically talking to her, but he ended up talking to her boring friends.

3. He wished he would give her a passionate kiss during the dinner party, but she didn't give him a chance to do it.

4. If only she would fall in love with him, but she had gotten engaged with another guy.

5. He wished he would leave the party with her, but he went home alone.

6. He wished they would make up and be together forever, but that didn't happen.


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6 comments:

Ricardo said...

What an awesome activity, Claudio. This is such a lovely film and I'm sure my students will find it meaningful.

Btw, I had the chance to meet you back in July at Alumni and you couldn't have been a nicer person.
Keep up the great work.

Claudio Azevedo said...

Hey, Ricardo. Thanks for the kind words. I used this activity just last week and my students enjoyed it a lot. I also asked them to write a few senetnces about a party they went to and that was not what they had expected, using this teaching point. It was really meaningful and fun!
The conference in Alumni was awesome and I met fantastic people there. I'm sure you were one of them. See you around.

Phuket IELTS Clinic said...

This activity is great.

Keep up the good work.

Mike

http://canyouwalkonthericepaper.blogspot.com/

Phuket IELTS Clinic said...

This is a nice activity.

It worked nicely with my class today.

Thanks,

Mike

http://canyouwalkonthericepaper.blogspot.com/

Teddy Nikolova said...

Hello, thanks so much for the great activity! Just a moment ago I was desperate trying to plan my lesson and here it goes, I just came across it! Absolutely lovely!
Greetings from Spain!

Claudio Azevedo said...

Great to hear that. Come back often.