B1 Intermediate level
To provide gist listening practice using a text about unusual ways of finding a partner in the context of relationships
To provide deduction and detailed reading practice using a text about unusual ways of finding a partner in the context of relationships
To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of memories and relationships
To provide review and practice of relationship lexis in the context of views on relationships
Procedure (35-52 minutes)
*Show a video of a baby walking for the first time. *Ask students what they saw. (Possible questions: Why are the parents in the video happy? Did the baby walk before?) *Alternative if the video doesn't work: show a picture of a baby walking for the first time.
* Go through the "firsts" in the text box and make sure everybody understands them. * Shortly tell the students about my first holiday to Turkey (SHORT) * Ask students which "first" they remember best, and ask volunteers to talk about their best memory for the class. (They can remain seated)
*Form pairs *Instruct students to choose three "firsts." They can come from the text box, or they can be something else. Read the sentence as an example of something else. Tell students to talk to each other about their 3 firsts. *Monitor. If people can't think of firsts, give them hints such as "first football game" and "first time you went to this course." *Ask students if any of their partners had an interesting first.
*Ask students how you can arrange a date. Do you call somebody? Do you ask them in person? *Introduce the topic of the article, and instruct students to read the article. *Ask students if they came across any words they didn't know (probably eligible bachelor) *Students decide which relationship they think has the best chance of success. *Instruct them to peer check.
*Instruct students to read the sentences of exercise 2, and fill in the right names on their own. *Students check their answers in pairs.
*Explain that we are going to listen to Ruth and Clare. One relationship didn't work out (check that everybody knows what this means). Ask the question (Which relationship didn't work out? Why?) *Students listen to the exercise. *Check the answers as a class.
*Instruct students to speak in groups about what makes a relationship successful.
*Instruct students to work in pairs during this exercise. *Instruct them to fill in the sentence. If they don't know the right answer of a sentence, skip it and try again later. First fill in the sentences that they do know. *Show answer on board, and check meaning of "at first sight", "propose" and "split up" *Drill if needed.
*Students speak in pairs or in groups about the sentences of the previous exercise. Which ones do the think are right, and which ones do they think are not true?