This EFL lesson is designed around a short film by Meghann Artes and the theme of speed-dating.
In the lesson students talk about meeting a partner and dating, watch a short film, and read and discuss speed-dating questions.
Random Stories - This is not fancy, but is a wonderful way to get the kids speaking.
I divide the students into different groups and give them each a photograph.
I thought I would have plenty of time to get them typed and printed before school started, but I didn't account for kids coming in to get help on making up their quizzes!
So, if you do see an error, let me know so I can fix it!
Christine D, Advanced Practitioner, ‘Entry-level Preparation for Life and Work’, Royal College Manchester at Seashell Trust The concept of ‘speed-dating slowly’ was first introduced to the Royal College Manchester curriculum three years ago and was inspired by an Oxfordshire-based initiative led by adults with learning disabilities who reported that they had limited opportunities to meet others with similar interests, develop a social life and build friendships and relationships.
The Mates ‘n’ Dates service has been developed to support adults with learning disabilities to exercise their right to socialise, make friends and potentially date.
“It’s a very empowering activity for our young people and it recognises their status as young adults,” said Bernie White, Director of Education.
When the conversation is over, students indicate their opinions on the interaction before moving on to another conversation partner.
Learning about mutual interest in building friendships enables students to explore appropriate interaction, develop their confidence and skills in interacting with others on a social level and making decisions about the relationships they want.
The photos are usually of landscapes, street scenes, etc.
Students then work together to come up with stories about the picture.