First Impression

General English, Speaking Lessons
Relationships, People
B1 Intermediate
Question Tags
Grammar, Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
45 minutes
Students learning about making first impressions when meeting someone new in an ESL lesson.

Lesson Description

How can you make a good first impression on your new boss or potential partner? In this lesson, students will learn about making first impressions when meeting someone new. This lesson features a video of two people who meet for the first time and make assumptions about each other’s lives. Students will learn and practice the use of question tags and vocabulary relating to this topic.

Lesson Objectives

  • To talk about first impressions and making assumptions

  • To learn and practice the use of question tags

  • To develop speaking and listening skills

  • To practice vocabulary relating to the topic


You have only one shot to make a good first impression. When meeting someone new, people assume things because of their environment or because of the way they grew up. This video shows two people on a blind date meeting for the first time and making assumptions.

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

don’t judge a book by its cover [idiom]: said to show that you cannot know what someone is like by looking only at that person’s appearance
one shot [noun]: only one chance to do something
blind date [noun]: a social meeting arranged between two people who have never met before
ideal [noun]: a standard of perfection, beauty, or excellence; a principle that sets a high standard for behavior
assumption [noun]: something that you accept as accurate or true without question or proof
pass away [phrasal verb]: to die
sweet tooth [idiom]: a strong liking for sweet foods
topping [noun]: a food substance put on top of other food to give extra flavor or for decoration
mayo [noun]: informal for mayonnaise
Caucasian [adjective]: someone from the race of people who have skin that is of a pale color; a white person
upbringing [noun]: how someone is treated and trained as a child
dead on [adjective]: completely accurate or correct
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