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Speed dating

Posted on November 30, 2015 by kierandonaghy

speed-dating

This EFL lesson is designed around a short film by Meghann Artes and the theme of speed-dating. In the lesson students talk about meeting a partner and dating, watch a short film, and read and discuss speed-dating questions.

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Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Upper Intermediate (B2)

Learner type: Teens and adults

Time: 90 minutes

Activity: Talking about meeting a partner and dating, watching a short film, reading and discussing questions

Topic: Speed-dating

Language: Questions and vocabulary related to dating

Materials: Short film and speed-dating questions

Downloadable materials:  speed dating lesson instructions     speed dating questions

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Step 1

Ask your students to think of different ways of meeting a romantic partner.

 

Step 2

Get feedback from the whole class.

 

Step 3

Ask your students to say which way of meeting a new partner is the best and why.

 

Step 4

Pair students. Tell them that one student should describe their idea of a dream date while the other student describes their idea of a nightmare date.

 

Step 5

Get feedback from the whole class on their dream and nightmare dates.

 

Step 6

Tell your students they are going to watch a short film in which a young woman called Ava goes speed-dating. Elicit or explain that speed-dating is an organised event normally held in a bar in which single people seeking romantic relationships have a series of short conversations with potential partners in order to determine whether there is a mutual interest.

 

Step 7

Put your students into small groups and ask them to discuss the following questions:

  • Have you or anyone you know been speed-dating?
  • Would you consider going speed-dating?
  • What are the advantages of speed-dating?

 

Step 8

Dictate the following questions:

  • What does Ava decide to wear?
  • How does she feel when she arrives at the bar?
  • What are the three rules of speed-dating?
  • What is wrong with each of Ava’s dates? Give as much detail as possible.
  • Is the ending happy?

 

Step 9

Tell your students that as they watch the film they should try to answer the questions.

Show the film.

Speed Dating from Meghann Artes on Vimeo.

 

Step 10

Give the students time to answer the questions and then compare their answers with a partner. Go through their answers.

 

Step 11

Pair your students. Ask them to come up with 10 questions they would ask if they went speed-dating.

 

Step 12

Get feedback from the whole class and discuss what they think are the best questions.

 

Step 13

Give your students the speed-dating questions document. Tell them that there are 24 of the most popular speed-dating questions. Ask them to read the questions and compare them with the questions they came up with.

 

Step 14

In the same pairs, ask your students to agree on the 10 best questions.

 

 

Step 15

Hold a plenary session on the best 10 questions.

 

I hope you enjoy this ESL lesson.

Homework

Ask your students to imagine they went speed-dating. They should write about their experience.

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14 thoughts on “Speed dating

  1. Lovely one!!! Thanks so so so much for doing this wonderful work.

    How much is the book in euros, by the way? I live in Barcelona and would love to having it sent home.

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  3. Another great lesson Kieran – with a lot of scope for extension. I love the way these animated films are language-free as it makes them accessible for almost amy level.

    Thanks again for all your wonderful ideas and creativity that you bring to inspire meaningful classroom discussion.

  4. Thank you for this and many other great lessons Kieran.
    I’m going to use this tonight with my upper-intermediate class.

    As an introduction I’m also going to use this video on what speed-dating is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7IW6PQnZIg

    I’m sure my studens will enjoy this lesson as much as they enjoyed the previous ones I took from your website.

    Thanks again!

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  6. Really enjoyed using this with my students. Instead of the question writing/discussion, I got my students to write an online dating profile for one of the characters from the film. We brainstormed ideas about what to include and then students worked in pairs to complete the writing task. I had them include gerunds/infinitives as that’s what we’re currently working on in class. My students had a good laugh and came up with some very funny responses. Thanks and keep up the great work!

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