ESL Dating Lesson Plan

Instructor: Suzanne Rose

Suzanne has taught all levels PK-graduate school and has a PhD in Instructional Systems Design. She currently teachers literacy courses to preservice and inservice teachers.

English Language Learners will be engaged in discussions about dating through activities included in this lesson plan. Using examples from popular culture, students will discuss dating vocabulary and idioms, and compare dating in the U.S. with dating elsewhere.

Learning Objectives

As a result of this lesson, students will:

  • Understand idioms and vocabulary related to dating.
  • Discuss dating differences between the U.S. and other countries.
  • Analyze song lyrics related to dating.
  • Ask and answer questions related to dating.


60-90 minutes

Curriculum Standards

ELP 9-12.2

ELLs will participate in grade-appropriate oral and written exchanges of information, ideas, and analyses, responding to peer, audience, or reader comments and questions.

ELP 9-12.3

ELLs will speak and write about grade-appropriate complex literary and informational texts and topics.

ELP 9-12.7

ELLs will adapt language choices to purpose, task, and audience when speaking and writing.

ELP 9-12.9

ELLs will create clear and coherent grade-appropriate speech and text.

Materials Needed

  • Whiteboard or blackboard
  • Computer or other way to play audio/video
  • Projector or SMARTBoard
  • Me Neither by Brad Paisley (song audio)
  • Me Neither lyrics handout (1 per student)
  • Dating Game video
  • Questions for the Dating Game activity (1 per slip of paper)


  • Darling
  • Dating idioms
    • 'Love at first sight'
    • 'Grab a bite to eat'
    • 'Move too fast'
    • 'No chemistry'

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