Relationships and Dating

Jigsaw listening is a listening comprehension activity that focuses on elements of understanding the relationships between characters through the words that are spoken and body language.

Stages of the lesson

Ask the Ss their opinions on dating by having them complete activity 1. As Ss feel comfortable, ask them to further elaborate their ratings.

Introduce vocabulary and check for comprehension.

Answer questions for activity 2. It might be easier for Ss to think of adj. that are opposite those in from vocabulary.

Introduce extra vocabulary.

Divide the class in half. One half will watch with movie clip with no sound and complete the silent viewer activity 3 worksheet individually . In a separate room, the other half will listen to the audio only sound clip and complete the blind listener activity 3 worksheet individually. Audio and video clips are provided at the end of the lesson.

In groups, have the silent viewers and the blind listeners complete activity 4.

Pair one silent viewer with a blind listener and have them complete activity 5.

As a class check answers.

Watch the movie clip again with sound and check for comprehension.

Activity 6 is optional. Ss watch movie and listen for specific vocabulary and phrases.

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Relationships and Dating

Written by Amy Larson with Nathan Paskert

Relationships and Dating

Activity 1

Look at the table below and decide how much you agree or disagree with the statements.

Strongly agree                 Strongly disagree
It is ok to meet someone through an agency or dating website.

1          2           3           4           5

It is good to date many different kinds of people.

1          2           3           4           5

It is ok to pretend to be somebody different to get a date. (ex.) pretend to be rich.

1          2           3           4           5

If you do something embarrassing on a first date, you should pretend it didn’t happen.

1          2           3           4           5

People with specific characteristics should date people with the same characteristics.

1          2           3           4          5

Vocabulary

Adjectives are used to describe relationships. Below are some adj. that might be used to describe a relationship.

rocky – full of problems or difficulties.
They have a rocky relationship.

odd – strange or unusual
They make quite an odd couple.

awkward – difficult to use or handle, not easy to deal with.
He was put in an awkward situation while talking with his girlfriend.

tense – nervous not able to relax
Their marriage is full of many tense moments.

Activity 2

Vocabulary questions:

Are these adj. negative or positive?

____________________________________________________________________

With a partner, think of three adj. you might use to describe a relationship.

____________________________________________________________________

Extra vocabulary.

These words will appear in today’s activity

commitment issues (np) – fear of being in a romantic relationship.

venue (n) – location where an event takes place.

concept (n) – an idea of what something is or how it works.

acquainted (v) – to know someone or something.

Activity 3

Silent Viewers

You will watch a movie clip with no sound. Try to understand who the people are, what is their relationship and what is happening. Use the chart below to organize the information.

Question These are the main characters. How would you describe them? shy, nervous, talkative, nice, angry What is their relationship? dating, acquaintance,  close friends
 willsmith1____________ eva-mendes-2
2____________adam arkin
3____________louise
4____________
1 ________________________________________

2__________________

______________________

3 ___________________

_____________________

4 ___________________

_____________________

What are they doing? playing tennis, reading … Where are they? at the bank, at home … What problem happens at the end of the video?

In the video, everyone stands at a table.  Where do they stand? Write the number of the person next to the table.

TABLE

Activity 3

Blind listeners

You will hear a conversation from the movie Hitch. There are four main characters in this scene. Focus your attention on the four people who are talking, listen for their names and try to figure their relationship to each other. (ex) friendly, embarrassing, difficult, loving, good …)

Character

Name

Describe their relationship to another character.
1. 1.  ____________ has a ____________________
(name)                                (adj.)
relationship with ______________________.

(name)

2. 2.  ____________ has a ____________________
(name)                                (adj.)
relationship with ______________________.

(name)

3. 3.  ____________ has a ____________________
(name)                                (adj.)
relationship with ______________________.

(name)

4. 4.  ____________ has a ____________________
(name)                                (adj.)
relationship with ______________________.

(name)

What happens at the end of the conversation?

____________________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________

Activity 4: Blind Viewers

Take a few minutes to discuss your notes with a partner.  Check that you have similar information and if not, add or correct the information that you may have missed.

After you exchange information, try to answer the following questions.

Who are the main characters? How would you describe them and their relationship to someone who has NOT seen the movie?

______________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________

Where are they and what are they doing?

______________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________

What did you see at the end of the video?

______________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________

Activity 4: Silent Listeners

Take a few minutes to discuss your notes with a partner.  Check that you understand the movie scene and if not, add or correct the information that you may have missed.

After you exchange information, try to answer the following questions.

Who are the main characters? How would you describe them and their relationship to someone who has NOT listened to this clip?

______________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________

Where are they and what are they doing?

______________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________

What did you hear at the end of the video?

______________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________

Activity 5

Putting it all together

Work in pairs to complete this worksheet.

1) Where does the story take place?

____________________________________________________________________

2) What are the characters doing there?

_____________________________________________________________________

3) The main characters are standing at a table. Write their names in the correct place.

TABLE

4) Based on what you have seen and heard, how would you describe the relationship between each of the characters?

You may use the words in the below or any words you have learned in this lesson.

acquainted                close               rocky               friends
married                       dating             co-workers

willsmith  _______________  eva-mendes-2     eva-mendes-2     _______________  adam arkin

willsmith _______________  adam arkin        eva-mendes-2      _______________  louise

willsmith _______________ louise     adam arkin      ______________   louise

What do you think happened after this scene in the movie?

______________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________

Overall, how did you find this clip?

___ funny      ___ sad          ___ interesting         ___unusual

other___________________________________________

Why? _________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________

Activity 6

Listen to the movie clip again. Fill in the missing words.

Hitch: So what are we getting into?

Sara: Ever been to a food rave before?  Happens once a month, all around the city. Different chefs, different venues. You any good in the a)__________________?

bedroom                    kitchen

pitch in                       ditch and

Hitch: I can stand the heat, if that’s what you mean.

Sara: Good. Because that’s my b)___________________________ right over there.

boss and his wife                 toss and a fife

floss and a pipe                    moss and a five

Hitch: Interesting.

Max: Well, here’s a concept: We’re paying to cook our own food.

Louis: Here’s another concept: Shut up. It’s an evening out. The longer you’re married ,the less you go out. In a couple of years, we’re gonna end up bricked into our apartment like a Poe story.

 Hitch: So, Louise, are you in the newspaper business, also?

Louis: No, I’m a psychiatrist.

Hitch: Well, that’s the last thing I’m gonna say tonight.

Max: So, Sara, you never told me. How was the Sky Studio fashion thing you went to the other night? Did you meet anyone worth mentioning?

Sara: No.

Max: Really? I find that very c) _____________________.

of                     cod

odd                 old

Louis:  Max. I think you’re being odd.

Max: Well, I’m always odd. It’s why you d) ______________ me and it’s why I married you. Speaking of which, Hitch what exactly are your intentions for the lovely Sara?

married                       carried

buried                         met

Sara: Wait, you know what? Actually, there was someone. I think I met your friends Albert and Allegra.

Hitch: My friends who and who?

Max: Allegra Cole?  Really? How do you know her?

Hitch: I don’t.

Sara:  So you know Albert?

Hitch:  Knew.

Sara: He had your tickets.

Hitch: I mean, how well do you really know your accountant? April and then you don’t

see him again till April.

Waiter: Ladies and gentlemen a coquille St. Jacques with a lemon butter reduction. – Compliments of our chef.

Sara: Thank you.

Waiter: I’m sure you’re really going to enjoy this.

Hitch: That’s really good.

Louis: I’m very impressed.

Hitch: Why is that?

Louis:  Around these two, people usually can’t wait to name-drop and dish their friends and you’re being all discreet.

Max: Yeah, it’s quite e) __________________________

nice                charming

ending           endearing.

Sara: Actually, it is. So why don’t we change the subject? Are you alright?

Hitch: Yeah. No, I’m fine.

Max: So Sara tells me that you’re a consultant, Hitch.

Hitch: Yeah, mostly marketing, little advertising, brand management.

Max: I have no idea what that means.

Hitch: No one does. That’s why I get to charge so much.

Sara: Are you sure you’re all right?

Hitch: Yeah, I’m fine. Is it itchy in here or is it just me?

Louis: I know what’s happening.

Hitch: No. You think that I’m in a stressful state because I’m trying to make a good impression while also dealing with my commitment issues trying to avoid all these f) ____________________ conversations.

awkward                    guarded

walking                      strange

Louis: No, I think you have food allergies.

Everyone: Wow.

Hitch: What?

Answer Key

Activity 1

answers will vary

Activity 2

Negative

answers will vary

Activity 3

answers will vary

What are they doing? – cooking, talking

Where are they? – kitchen, table

What happens at the end of the video? – man gets sick, ear swells, everyone is surprised, answers will vary.

2          4

TABLE

1          3

Activity 3 – Blind listeners

Hitch Sara, Louise, Max

Answers will vary

Hitch has an allergic reaction to food.

Activity 4 – Silent Listeners

answers will vary

Activity 4 – Blind Listeners

Hitch, Sara, Max, Louis

answers will vary

They are cooking.

Activity 5

kitchen, food rave

cooking

Max                 Louis

TABLE

Sara                Hitch

Activity 6

a) kitchen

b) boss and wife

c) odd

d) married

e) endearing

f) awkward

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