Engagement Photos

Rob - author of the lesson plan   Rob I November 09, 2021
General English, Speaking Lessons
C1 Advanced
Mixed Grammar
Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
45 minutes
ESL lesson plan for an online class titled “Engagement Photos".

Lesson Overview

Every picture tells a story! In this lesson, students will discuss new trends associated with engagement photos since the start of the internet era. This lesson features a video of the strange themes people choose for their engagement photos, such as famous movies, monsters, time travel, food, and couple’s differences or history. Students will learn and practice “get” phrases and vocabulary relating to this topic. The lesson includes plenty of engaging discussion activities and worksheets that have been developed for adult and teenage learners.

Lesson Objectives

  • Grammar: Students will focus on mastering the use of "get" phrases, which are crucial for expressing actions and reactions in English. They will practice these phrases in various contexts, enhancing their ability to describe personal and observed experiences.

  • Listening: Students will enhance their listening skills by engaging with a video that showcases unique and creative engagement photo themes. They will focus on understanding how couples personalize their photos based on their interests and stories.

  • Speaking: Through role-playing exercises, students will simulate discussions about engagement photos. They will use phrases learned in class to express their views on the creative trends in engagement photography, practicing how to articulate personal preferences and cultural observations.

  • Vocabulary: The lesson will introduce and practice vocabulary related to personal and cultural expression in photography, such as "recreate," "showcase," and "inspiration." These terms are vital for discussing artistic choices and personal expressions in visual media.

  • Cultural Awareness: Students will discuss how global and local cultural elements can be reflected in personal celebrations and how social media has influenced these choices.

  • Homework: Students will engage with exercises that reinforce the vocabulary and concepts discussed during the lesson. They will fill in blanks with appropriate "get" phrases, match phrases to their meanings, and apply this vocabulary to discuss personal views on cultural trends in engagement photography.


What do you envision when you think of an engagement moment? Perhaps you see a romantic dinner or a walk on the beach, but believe it or not, some people see it differently. Zombies, Star Trek, and Twinkies! Watch this video to learn about some of the crazy themes couples come up with in their engagement photos.

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

over-the-top [adjective]: exaggerated and excessive
go all out [idiom]: to put all your enthusiasm or energy into what you are doing
photoshoot [noun]: an occasion arranged for photographers to take pictures of someone or something
lurch [verb]: to move irregularly, making sudden forward or side movements
snap [noun]: a picture or photo
viral [adjective]: spreading or becoming popular very quickly, especially on the internet
showcase [verb]: to show the best sides, parts, or qualities of something
eye-catching [adjective]: very attractive or easily noticeable
incorporate [verb]: to include something within something else
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