This is a popular lesson I have used many times. It works best for me in China because of the video at the beginning, which is in English and Chinese, and concerns Western and Chinese culture differences, but the lesson is applicable anywhere. (I have another lesson on dating here.)
· How does dating work in your country?
· How do you decide whom to date? Where do you meet people to date?
· How do you begin dating?
Who asks whom?
· What topics do you think are acceptable to discuss on a first date?
· What kinds of things do you do on a date?
· Describe a typical first date in your culture.
· How does dating change the longer you date?
· How serious is dating in your culture? If you date, does it mean you’re probably going to get married, or is it often just for fun?
· How long do people in your country usually date before they get married?
· Do you spend time alone with your date, or are there other people there? Does this change over time?
· How long do you think you should date before you start holding hands, kissing, etc.?
· Do people in your country use online date matching services?
· Do people in your country go on blind dates?
· If you are single, would you go on a blind date? If you aren’t single, would you have gone on a blind date when you were single? Who would you trust to set you up on a blind date?
The topic of dating is usually popular but can make some students shy. Emphasize when they’re speaking that “you” means people in general, and not that specific student. They’re more likely to speak at ease.
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For this to work best, I’d advise mocking up two people. Get the students to describe a man and a women – ages, appearances, hobbies, jobs, etc – and then the dialogue should follow.