Should have

Questions about doing the right thing in the past.

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  1. Should you have worked harder at school?
  2. Should your parents have given you more presents when you were a child?
  3. Should you have woken up earlier today?
  4. Should you have started learning English sooner?
  5. Should your teachers at school have given you more homework?
  6. Should you have behaved better when you were a child?
  7. Should your parents have stopped you from watching TV when you were young?
  8. Should the USA have spent so much money travelling to the moon in 1969?
  9. Should we have done more to stop the spread of COVID 19?
  10. Should the world have done more to stop World War II from happening?
  11. Should the leader of your country have done a better job so far?
  12. Should human beings have invented nuclear weapons?
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How to use the should have ESL discussion questions

It is recommended that you download the should have ESL discussion questions in PDF format using one of the links above. The best way to encourage classroom interaction is to download and print the should have discussion questions in the 'pairs' or 'threes' PDF format and then divide the questions by cutting along the dotted lines. This allows students to take turns asking and answering the should have discussion questions in groups of two or three. Alternatively, you could use the 'cards' format to distribute the questions to any number of students to ask and share.

It is advisable to prepare students for using these discussion questions by first introducing them to the topic of should have in an interesting and engaging way. An anecdote, quiz question or a related image or video could all be used to achieve this. Depending on the level, it may also be necessary to pre-teach any challenging vocabulary related to should have contained in the discussion questions.

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