Latasha Wilson Latasha Wilson

Online dating
Pre-Intermediate level


In this lesson students will read entries on an online dating website and also discuss the concept of online dating. They will practice their reading and speaking skills and also build their vocabulary.


Main Aims

  • To provide gist and detailed reading practice using a text about online dating .

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide speaking practice and vocabulary development.


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

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.

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide a model of the task and highlight useful words and phrases

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.

Read for detail (8-10 minutes) • To read for detail so that they can answer specific questions about the text

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.

Jigsaw Reading (8-10 minutes) • To allow students to work with a different text in groups and continue practicing reading for detail

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.

Flexible Stage / Follow Up (8-10 minutes) • To give students a chance for free speaking practice.

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.

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