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Romance / relationships

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skills:
sexual attraction
 
skills:
marriage / weddings
 
vocabulary:
dating / romance
 
 
 

The following ESL resources are available for Romance / relationships:

 
 
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Agony aunts
Eight 'Dear Sue' letters that can be read out in a radio phone-in role play and advice given. Role cards can be made for the panel if requried - 'the priest', 'the libertine', 'the misogynist' etc.
 
 

 

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Dating - speaking topics
Most of these questins come from Inside Out Upper Int unit 9
 
 

 

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Truth game
Can be used with snakes and ladders board
 
 

 

Related material from other sources

 
 
 
10 Ways to Ruin a First Date external link icon
As it says - 10 short paragraphs
 
 

 

Is love just a chemical cocktail? external link icon
US scientist argues that love can be explained by a series of neurochemical events that are happening in specific brain areas.
 
 

 

 
 
 
Chance encounter external link icon
Man(N Amecian accent) talks about how he met his wife.
 
 

 

Bad boys external link icon
listen / read to text on why women are supposed to prefer 'bad' boys
 
 

 

What's your ideal date external link icon
Vox pops: What's your ideal date?
 
 

 

Romance external link icon
Vox pops: Are you romantic?
 
 

 

Relationships external link icon
Vox pops: What do you look for in a relationship?
 
 

 

 
 
 
 

General English course books (adults)

Inside Out Student's Book Advanced book cover 

Inside Out Student's Book Advanced

Ceri Jones   Tania Bastow   
 
Unit 1 Identity  Pages 11 - 12  My girl
Madness song, My Girl Listening: boy / girlfriend row
 
 
Inside Out Student's Book Intermediate book cover 

Inside Out Student's Book Intermediate

Susan Kay   Vaughan Jones   
 
Unit 3 Dating  Pages 24 - 31
(24) Jigsaw reading : Twenty-first century dating (25) Follow-up listening (30) Listening and reading: I don't fancy yours much. (31) Reading: Every boyfriend's worst nightmare.
 
 
Inside Out Student's Book Upper Intermediate book cover 

Inside Out Student's Book Upper Intermediate

Vaughan Jones   Susan Kay   
 
Unit 9 Attraction  Page 87 
Song Never Ever by the All Saints. Gap fill + discussion.
 
Unit 12 Student  Page 119 
Song: Angels - Robbie Williams
 
 
New Cutting Edge Upper Intermediate students' book book cover 

New Cutting Edge Upper Intermediate students' book

Peter Moore   Sarah Cunningham   
 
Module 4 The mind  Page 49   Song: Always on my mind
Listening + lyrics with multiple-choice line endings (This is not the Elvis version)
 
 
New Inside Out Student's Book Advanced book cover 

New Inside Out Student's Book Advanced

Ceri Jones   Tania Bastow   
 
Unit 1 Conversation  Page 8   Speaking and Listening
Students talk about areas of contention in relationships. Role play telephone conversation between boyfriend and girlfriend, then listen to similar conversation Pron: intonation when angry
 
 
New Inside Out Student's Book Upper Intermediate book cover 

New Inside Out Student's Book Upper Intermediate

Susan Kay   Vaughan Jones   
 
Unit 2 Generations  Page 18   Listening
Parents talk about the qualities they would like to see in their daughter's boyfriend
 
Unit 2 Generations  Page 19   Listening
Boyfriend talks about meeting his girlfriend's parents for the first time
 
Unit 5 Ritual  Page 53   Do you think you're romantic?
Four people answer the question.
 
 

Photocopiable resource books

Intermediate Communication Games book cover 

Intermediate Communication Games

Jill Hadfield   
 
6 - Matchmaking  Page 6 
Dating agency game with picture cards
 
 

Speaking / listening skills books

Just Listening and Speaking Upper Intermediate book cover 

Just Listening and Speaking Upper Intermediate

Jeremy Harmer   Carol Lethaby   
 
Listening 12 - Northern sky  Pages 32 - 33
Song :Northern Sky by Nick Drake.
 
 

General English adult course resource packs

Reward Intermediate Resource Pack book cover 

Reward Intermediate Resource Pack

Susan Kay   
 
36 Dear Sue - what should I do?  Page 36 
Problem page letters. 5 or 6 dealing with romance / relationships
 
 

Grammar

Comparison with as...as...

Comparison with <i>as</i>...</i>as...</as>: picture
 
Detailed grammar reference notes on comparison with as....
Three pages, illustrated. Includes positive and negative forms, modifiers and common similes.
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Download Comparison with as...as - grammar notes (PDF)
 
 

ESL lesson plans

Reading and vocabulary: workplace discrimination

Reading and vocabulary: workplace discrimination: picture
 
Work clothing vocabulary.
News story in graded English about woman who was sent home for refusing to wear high-heeled shoes.
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Download Dress code (PDF)
 
 

ESL lesson plans

Reading and vocabulary: How Donald Trump got rich: a tale of three Trumps

Reading and vocabulary: How Donald Trump got rich: a tale of three Trumps: picture
 
Three articles in graded English with lead-in and comprehension tasks.
Jigsaw reading for groups of three.
Grammar follow-up on participle clauses (PDF advanced version)
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Download Intermediate (PDF)
 
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