Lesson Topic: Changes in family structures and marriage as an institution
Skill Focus: Speaking, Reading, Vocabulary
Approximate Class Time: 1.5 hours
Lesson Plan Download: family-lesson-plan-upper-intermediate-022023.docx
- The reading passage discusses changes in the traditional (nuclear) family structure, summarizes some social trends related to marriage and childbirth in the U.S. and globally, and mentions some reproductive technology.
- The lesson also includes a focus on the names of different relatives, a list of family-related scenarios for discussion, two role-plays, a debate on arranged marriage, and a 'family meeting' speaking activity.
- All lessons come with warm-up questions, comprehension questions, a vocabulary section, and discussion questions.
UPPER-INTERMEDIATE (B2/C1) Family ESL Lesson Plan
Warm-up (Pair Work)
- What is the best environment to raise a family in (e.g. apartment, village, etc)?
- What was the worst thing you did as a child? Did you get caught?
- Is there anything funny or different about your family?
- Does someone in your family maintain a family tree? How far back can you trace your family history?
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- A nuclear family is a family with a father, mother, and children.
- The conflict is between data that suggests marriage for love reduces the likelihood of divorce and data from India showing that non-love marriages have very low divorce rates.
- A boomerang child is one who returns home to live with his parents in adulthood.
- The low fertility rate is related.
Vocabulary answers: 1-j, 2-b, 3-I, 4-d, 5-a, 6-e, 7-f, 8-h, 9-k, 10-g, 11-c
Page 2 answers: niece, nephew, great-grandmother, siblings, brother-in-law, stepbrother
-  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Family
-  https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/10/30/couples-who-marry-family-pressure-50-per-cent-likely-divorce/
-  https://www.brides.com/story/modern-arranged-marriages
-  https://www.childtrends.org/publications/dramatic-increase-in-percentage-of-births-outside-marriage-among-whites-hispanics-and-women-with-higher-education-levels
-  https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/hide-and-seek/201708/what-future-the-family
-  https://www.un.org/development/desa/family/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2020/06/Mega-trends-and-families.Trask_.pdf
-  https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/dec/31/family-2050-artificial-wombs-robot-carers-single-fathers