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How to teach an English class a lesson on the topic of dating
This is a very fun lesson! We can talk about phrasal verbs and idioms in the context of pickup lines, we can play funny (and a bit awkward) scenarios, and we can tell stories about our experiences on bad dates! There are lots of ways you can take this, here is a template based on a lesson I’ve taught more than once with great success. Just make sure you know your audience: this wouldn't be a great lesson for children or much older, mostly married people. Regardless of marital status, however, these phrases are often used in television and film!
*I like to give my students the vocabulary a class ahead of time so they can actively apply it during the lesson rather than still trying to familiarize themselves with it during class.*
- pick-up line
- to compliment
- to flirt
- Go for...(coffee/drinks)
- Grab...(coffee/a bite to eat)
- Break up
- Get together
Turn Ons and Turn Offs
*Have your students look at this list of traits, and decide which is a turn-on and which is a turn-off (for them personally, or for most people in general); you can also have a "neither" or "neutral" category*
- Highly educated
- Body odor (B.O.)
- Brings you flowers
- add your own!
Cliched/Common Break-Up Excuses
- It's not you, it's me
- Let's be friends
- You're smothering me
- I love you, but I'm not in love with you
- in your native language/culture?
Cheesy/Corny Pick-Up Lines
*These can be very difficult to translate, best to reserve for more advanced students*
- I forgot my library card, can I still check you out?
- I lost/forgot my phone number, can I have yours?
- Are your legs tired? Because you're been running through my mind all day.
- Did it hurt?...when you fell from Heaven?
- Are you from Tennessee? Because you're the only ten I see.
- What's your sign?
- Come here often?
- If I could rearrange the alphabet, I'd put U and I together.
Role Play Scenarios
- Picking up a girl/boy at a coffee shop
- Picking up your date at their house
- Meeting your girlfriend/boyfriend's parents
*As both a teacher and a language student, I feel for intermediate+ students that discussion is the best way to practice in a classroom. It helps students connect their "real world" selves, thoughts, opinions, and feelings to a foreign language, and also helps teachers connect with students on a personal level, which is vital for encouraging students and making them feel comfortable enough to speak English without reservations.*
- What sorts of problems do couples encounter? (new couples vs. married; newlywed vs. dating)
- Should the man pay on a date? ("going Dutch")
- Do you think it's okay to date a co-worker?
I hope you have as much fun with this lesson as I have!