Is The Generation Gap Widening?

The generational gap refers to differences between people of younger generations and their elders. For example, between children and their parents and their grandparents.

These generational differences could include behaviour and attitudes, spoken language, fashion trends, or technology.

This ESL lesson will improve your English speaking skills and help you narrow the generation gap between you and your elders.

Part I: Let’s Chat about the Photo

Is the Gen Gap Widening

1. Are the mother and daughter facing each other?

2. What gesture is the girl making with her hand?

3. How would you describe how the mother feels?

4. What do you think of the girl’s red hair and make up?

5. Do you own a black leather jacket?

Part II: Take the Survey and Talk About It

1. Do you live with:

  • Parents
  • Grandparents
  • Relatives
  • Friend(s)
  • All of the above
  • Some of the above

2. Do you feel your parents are too strict?

  • Totally agree
  • Partially agree
  • Not at all

3. Do you feel that you are pressured by the family to act in a certain way?

  • Totally agree
  • Partially agree
  • Not at all

4. Do you think your parents understand you?

  • Totally agree
  • Partially agree
  • Not at all

5. How often do you argue with your parents per week?

  • Once a week
  • 2-3 times per week
  • More than 5 times per week
  • Hardly Ever

6. What are the main topics that create arguments between you and your parents?

  • Your behaviour
  • Educational progress
  • How you spend money
  • About your friend/friendships
  • Other

7. Do you think your parents always listen to what you say?

  • Totally agree
  • Partially agree
  • Not at all

8. Do you agree that younger people always have to listen to the older people?

  • Totally agree
  • Partially agree
  • Not at all

9. Do you think your parents or elder people in your family are too fussy with you? Why?

  • Totally agree
  • Partially agree
  • Not at all

10. What do you want your parents to change about their behaviour?


Part III: Share Your Opinions

Gen Gap 2
Discuss the Photo

1. What’s the relationship between these three people?

2. What is the man in the background doing?

3. Would you enjoy doing this type of activity with your parents or grandparents?

Discussion Activity

It’ natural that you and your parents disagree about certain things. Below are some typical teenage “behaviours” that may irritate or even upset your parents.

Rank these 12 behaviours in order from most bothersome to least bothersome your parents and then discuss with your fellow students and teacher.

12 Teenage Behaviours
  • Playing loud music in your bedroom
  • Spending too much time on your appearance (getting ready)
  • Always playing video games
  • Constantly texting with your friends on your smartphone
  • Dating someone your parents disapprove of
  • Having friends over when your parents are not home
  • Staying out late at night
  • Inviting your friends to your house too often
  • Not spending enough time doing homework
  • Watching too much TV
  • Skipping school
  • Eating too much junk food

Did you enjoy this ESL Lesson? 

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