Is Beauty Culture Hurting Us?

Theresa Dash - author of the lesson   Theresa | December 04, 2020
General English, Speaking Lessons
B1 Intermediate
Have/Get Something Done, Rreflexive Pronouns, Pronouns
Grammar, Speaking
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
45 minutes
Is Beauty Culture Hurting Us? | Easy English Lesson Plan

Lesson Overview

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. In this lesson, students will discuss beauty standards and the societal pressures that are linked to them. This lesson features a video that discusses beauty culture and routines. Students will learn and practice reflexive pronouns, the expression “Have/Get something done”, and vocabulary relating to this topic. The lesson includes plenty of engaging discussion activities and worksheets that have been developed for adults and teenagers.

Lesson Objectives

  • Grammar: Participants will delve into the use of reflexive pronouns and the expression "have/get something done" to articulate personal beauty routines and treatments. Through targeted exercises, they will practice forming sentences that accurately describe actions done by oneself or services performed by others, enhancing their grammatical competence.

  • Listening: By listening to a video that discusses beauty culture, students will develop their comprehension skills, focusing on understanding detailed narratives about beauty practices and the emotions tied to them. This activity aims to sharpen their ability to grasp the nuances of spoken English related to beauty and self-care.

  • Speaking: Through various discussion activities, students will express their views on beauty standards, share personal experiences with beauty routines, and debate the impact of societal pressures on self-esteem. These speaking exercises are designed to boost confidence and fluency in English, encouraging open and thoughtful exchanges on a culturally relevant topic.

  • Vocabulary: New vocabulary related to beauty treatments, cosmetics, and societal norms will be introduced. Terms such as "eyelash extensions," "Botox," "concealer," "retinoid," and phrases like "feel pressured" and "maintenance routine" will be covered, broadening students' ability to discuss beauty-related topics with greater precision and confidence.

  • Homework: To reinforce the lesson's learning objectives, students will complete a series of tasks that include categorizing beauty products and treatments, rewriting sentences to practice "have/get something done," filling in blanks with reflexive pronouns, and creating sentences based on personal experiences.


This video is about the impact that beauty culture has on our society. Some women feel the need to use different cosmetics or pay for beauty treatments in order to fit with what they are “supposed to look like”. Do you feel more beautiful when you upload enhanced photos of yourself on social media or do you feel trapped?

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

insufficient [adjective]: not enough
flawless [adjective]: perfect, having no defects
maintenance [ noun] : keeping something in good condition
concealer [noun] : a cosmetic used to cover spots or marks on the skin
trapped [adjective] : feeling of being in a situation you cannot escape from
pressure [noun]: the use of force to make someone do something
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