First dates

Lesson plan overview

This ESL lesson is dedicated to first dates. Students will learn useful phrases, will discuss first dates DOs and DON’Ts, will watch a short video will practise answering questions usually asked on a first date. This lesson will work well in combination with the worksheets “Phrasal verbs: relationships and dating” and “Idioms: love”.

Speaking: The lesson starts with an initial discussion on the topic of dating, online dating and first dates.

Vocabulary: Students look at a few first dates-related sentences and learn useful words and expressions (e.g. to stand someone up, a blind date, go Dutch). As a practice activity, they complete a few questions with the correct word or expression and answer the questions in pairs or small groups.

Grammar: students learn and practise how to use the modal verbs should, shouldn’t, must, mustn’t and don’t have to. Then they brainstorm first dates DOs and DON’Ts, using a suitable modal verb. After that they are given a list of prompts which they use to talk about what people should and shouldn’t do on a first date.

Video: Students watch a video “Dos and Don’t for a first date”. The first time they watch the video, they tick the topics mentioned by the speakers. The second time they watch the video, they write down more details about each topic discussed.

Useful language for first dates: Students learn useful expressions used to suggest activities, to give a compliment, to say that you will be late and to talk about the bill at the end of a date.

Speaking: After that, students brainstorm interesting first date activities and take turns to suggest the activities, using the phrases learned. Lastly, students discuss which questions or topics are appropriate for a first date. Then they look at a list of questions, say which of the questions they consider to be appropriate and then take turns to answer the questions.
You can use the conversation cards to further practise the target vocabulary from this lesson. You can combine it with other relationship-related lessons.

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Vocabulary matching


The first time you watch the video, pay special attention to the correct pronunciation of the following words:

Taking risks will at best leave you feeling uncomfortable and at worst …
Unfortunately, this chemistry doesn’t always translate offline, …
As weird as it sounds, being comfortable can make you more comfortable.
Alcohol may be a social lubricant, but on a first date it’s just not a good idea.
It’s courteous and will leave you feeling less stressed.

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