To provide gist and detailed reading practice using a text about online dating .
To provide speaking practice and vocabulary development.
Procedure (35-45 minutes)
Today we are going to talk about relationships, and how they begin. How does a person go about meeting a boyfriend or girlfriend? What are common ways? I want you to get in pairs and create a topic web with your ideas. (Give example: How to meet people in middle, draw lines connecting ideas.) I'll give you three minutes. CCQs: Are we talking about how to spend time with family? No. Are we talking about how to meet new people? yes. How many minuted do we have? 3 (Examples: through a friend, family, online, Facebook, at a club, in the street, at school...) Write these on the board.
What do you think about the idea of meeting meeting people-- a future boyfriend or girlfriend, and maybe a future husband or wife-- through the internet? What are some advantages and disadvantages? Discuss this in pairs for four minutes and then share some of your ideas. Explain some vocab words here: dating, single mother, advantages/disadvantages, outgoing. What is it called when you go somewhere with someone you like? For example, to dinner or to the cinema. (to go on a date) If this happens several times, it is called dating. Refer to vocab analysis list for the rest.
I will give them four minutes to read the text on their own. Then they will get with a partner to answer the questions in Reading exercise 1. When it is time to check answers, I will write the answers on the board as they report back. If someone answers incorrectly, we will discuss why that answer is incorrect.
Explain first what I will do (give instructions). Have students count off A, B, C into three groups. Have them move into these groups. Give each group a different male profile and a list of questions. Have them answer the questions based on the profile. Also have them decide if their man is a good match for Lynn, and why or why not. Each group will present their candidate and whether or not they think theirs is a good match. Discussion as a class of which partner will best suit Lynn and why.
Have you ever met a boyfriend or girlfriend through the internet? Do you know people who have? Did it work out? Have students talk amongst their groups for a few minutes and then share with the class.