Dating & Finding Love (Advanced Lesson Plan)

ESL/EFL Level: Advanced (C1/C2)
Lesson Topics: dating, love
Skill Focus: Reading, Speaking, Vocabulary
Approximate Class Time: 2 hours
Lesson Plan Download: dating-love-advanced-lesson-plan-052024.docx
Lesson Overview:

  • After warm-up questions, students read a 296-word passage that describes how dating has evolved and some recent trends related to dating. After a recall activity and comprehension questions, students match vocabulary from the video to definitions and then form discussion questions using the target vocabulary.
  • There are three debate topics related to dating followed by a discussion of turn-ons and turn-offs (red flags).
  • The two roleplays for this lesson focus on a friend who has become 'whipped' and a strict parent interviewing a teenage boy who wants to date his daughter.
  • After two humorous famous quotations, the next activity has students discuss common break-up excuses and pick-up lines.
  • As usual, the lesson ends with a review of vocabulary and collocations before presenting some final discussion questions.

A person swiping on an online dating app

ADVANCED (C1/C2) Lesson on Dating & Finding Love


  1. What do people commonly do on dates in your country?
  2. What was the worst date you’ve ever had?
  3. Have you ever tried to set up a friend with someone? Did it work out?
  4. What is the ‘right age’ to begin dating? Get married?

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Comprehension Question Answer Key

  • According to the author, dating has shifted from physically searching for a crush or nervously calling them on their family’s phone line in the nineties to using social networks and messaging apps to flirt and communicate with potential partners. This transition reflects a broader move towards digital interactions and less face-to-face communication.
  • The author implies that dating in the past required more courage, such as working up the nerve to call someone and possibly having to speak to their parents first.
  • Kittenfishing refers to minor embellishments to one’s profile, such as lying about height, age, or interests to appear more attractive. Ghosting means abruptly ending all communication with someone without any explanation.
  • Standard relationship milestones might include the first kiss, the first sexual experience, meeting each other’s friends and family, and moving in together. Slow daters prefer to take their time and build a real connection without rushing through these milestones.
  • Young daters today are more comfortable discussing mental health and showing vulnerability, such as expressing their true feelings and insecurities, which can lead to stronger emotional connections.

Vocabulary Matching: 1-e, 2-a, 3-l, 4-f, 5-b, 6-I, 7-k, 8-h, 9-g, 10-c, 11-j, 12-d

Collocations: 1-c, 2-f, 3-a, 4-e, 5-g, 6-d, 7-b

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