Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Lesson Plan: Dating

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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.*

  • date
  • couple
  • drinks
  • coffee
  • crush
  • bachelor/-ette
  • flattering
  • promisuous
  • player
  • fling
  • pick-up line
  • courage/guts
  • flaw
  • jealous
  • turn-on/turn-off
  • to compliment
  • to flirt

Verbal Phrases
  • Go for...(coffee/drinks)
  • Get...(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*
  • Smoker
  • Highly educated
  • Tattoos
  • Body odor (B.O.)
  • Muscular
  • Brings you flowers
  • Career-oriented 
  • Glasses
  • 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

Discussion Questions
*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! 

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