Lesson plan overview
This ESL lesson is most suitable for B2 level adults. It deals with the topic of modern dating and modern dating trends and behaviours. Students will learn buzzwords related to dating, such as breadcrumbing, situationships, benching, and will discuss various aspects of dating and relationships. You can combine it with the following lessons: “What makes a relationship last?“, “First dates”, “The business of St. Valentine’s Day”, “Are you being catfished”, “Celebrity breakups: Shakira and Pique”, as well as the worksheets: “Idioms: love”, “Idioms: relationships“, and “Phrasal verbs: relationships and dating”.
Speaking: The lesson starts with a couple of speaking activities: First, students discuss 4 lead-in questions about dating. Then, they work in pairs and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of online dating.
Vocabulary: Students learn modern-day slang words related to dating, such as ghosting, benching, zombieing, breadcrumbing, catfishing, etc., as well as other commonly-used terms today, such as monogamy, polyamory, and open relationships. They match the terms to the definitions, and then look at 6 situations and identify which term is being illustrated in each one. Then students discuss what they’d do in each situation. After that, they discuss 9 conversation questions.
Listening: Students watch 2 videos. The first one is called “Modern dating red flags”. The second one is called “Swipe right into 2024: navigating the latest dating scene”, and complete 2 listening comprehension activities.
After that they engage in a post-listening discussion.
Finally, to review the vocabulary from this lesson, students are asked to explain in their own words the concepts seen earlier, and to discuss different aspects of 3 of them of their choosing.
For additional speaking practice, you can check out the conversation cards.
Teacher’s lesson plan
Student’s interactive PDF
Conversation cards PDF
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Conversation cards PDF
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