Speed Dating: Listening Lesson
Upper-Intermediate, B1. level
To provide gist listening practice using a text about Speed dating in the context of experience of two people who did speed dating
To provide fluency speaking practice in a Conversation in the context of speed dating
Procedure (34-50 minutes)
I will show a small video (probably without a sound) - an example of a speed dating. And will elicit from students: 1). What is it? 2). How is it organized? 3). What questions do people ask? 4). What do people want from this date? 5). Would you like to take part in such an activity? Students first discuss in pairs, then WGFB.
We are going to listen to a radio programme where a man and a woman, Alex and Emily, who tried speed dating, will talk about their experiences. (there are pictures of Alex and Emily on the board). The information in the listening is 100% real.
1. The task is: to find out whether their speed dating experiences were successful or not. Why? Check in pairs, WG FB.
Listen again and then answer the questions with E (Emily), A (Alex), or B (both). (I'give them the handouts with the questions). Listen, check in pairs, WG FB.
1.Discuss in pairs: does hearing about Emily and Alex's experiences make you feel more or less positive about speed dating? 2. We are going to do 'speed dating' with other people in the class. Before you start, think of five questions to answer. When the students are ready: the task is: When I say "start", you have two minutes to talk to the person in front of you. Ask and answer each other's questions and ask for more information. When the teacher says: "Change", stop and go and talk to another student. I'm going to give each of you one heart and at the end you can give your heart to the person whom you liked. Or you can keep it to yourself if you don't like anyone. Which questions were the best for finding out about other students? Do we have any matches? (Students mutually exchanged the hears).
When you ask someone a question and they answer, it is normal to show I interest, for example: (eliciting) Really? Yes, me too, me neither, I know what you mean, or asking for more information, either with another question: And what happened then? or simply with a question word: Why? When?, etc. + I will read some curious questions as an example; (perhaps will write some of them on the board).
Some incorrect sentences are written on the board- students correct them.