Important Truths About Teen Dating

If you’ve dated in middle or high school, you already know there is a lot that goes into it besides just hanging out with someone you like.

Your friends probably get too involved and your parents are overprotective.

These factors can cause a lot of stress in your relationship and are a few of the reasons why many high school love affairs do not last.

This ESL lesson will enhance your English speaking ability and give you a chance to discuss a favourite topic among teens – dating!

Part I: Let’s Chat About the Photo

Dating 1

1. What’s inside the bike basket?

2. Which country do you think they are in?

3. What brands of sunglasses are they wearing?

4. Where do you think the man is going?

5. How do you know they’re a couple?

Part II: Take the Survey and Talk About It

1. What’s your favourite place to go on a date?

Movie theater
Concert
Restaurant
Park
Amusement park
Ski park
Bowling center
Billiard hall
Nightclub
Skating rink
Other

2. How many blind dates have you had?

0
1-3
4-8
9-15
16 +

3. On a first date, who should pay the bill?

Man
Woman
The couple should split the bill.

4. Describe someone you had a crush on.

Who?
When?
Where?
Why?

5. How many dates should a couple have before getting engaged?

1-3
4-8
9-15
15+

6. Would you feel bad if you don’t have a date on Valentine’s Day?

Yes
No

7. How old should someone be before their parents let them date?

10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21 +

8. Where are the best places to meet someone to date? (choose 3)

Online
School
Work
At a wedding
At a funeral
Birthday party
Church
Other

9. What’s most important when considering dating someone? (choose 3)

Looks
Financial status
Desire to have children
Religion
Race
Sense of humour
Similar interests
Whether or not they like pets
Similar housekeeping standards
Smoker / non-smoker
Sense of fashion
Culture
Like the same kind of music as you
Like the same kind of foods as you
Other

10. Is age difference important when dating?

Absolutely
Sort of
Not at all

Part III: Share Your Opinions

Teen Dating

Discuss the Photo

1. What are they doing in the picture?

2. How would you describe how they feel?

3. What season would you say it is?

4. What ethnicity is the woman?

More Discussion

5. How do people in your country feel about interracial dating in general?

6. Have you ever dated someone from another race?

7. Would you be open to dating someone of another race?

8. Would your parents support your decision if you chose to date someone from another race?

9. Would you tease a sibling or close friend if they dated someone from another race?

10. Do you think your opinion will change as you get older?

Did you enjoy this ESL Lesson? 

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