Sober Curious Movement

Theresa Dash - author of the lesson   Theresa I September 20, 2022
General English, Speaking Lessons
Life Choices
B1 Intermediate
Verb Patterns
Grammar, Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
45 minutes
Students engaged in an English lesson about global drinking cultures, discussing traditions and practices while learning the use of gerunds and infinitives.

Lesson Overview

Have you ever participated in global movements such as “Meatless Mondays” or “Drynuary”? In this lesson, students will learn about drinking culture and the reasons for being sober. This lesson features a video about a new millennial trend of decreasing alcohol consumption. Students will learn and practice the use of "gerunds and infinitives" 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: Learners will focus on the application of "gerunds and infinitives," understanding how these verb forms can be used to express actions in different contexts. They will practice identifying when to use a verb in its gerund form (ending in -ing) and when to use the infinitive form (to + base form of the verb). Activities will help students improve their sentence construction skills, making their English more natural and accurate when discussing topics related to personal habits, decisions, and lifestyle choices, such as participating in movements like the sober curious trend.

  • Listening: Students will watch a video about the sober curious movement, noting key points and details. This activity is designed to improve comprehension skills, with a focus on understanding the motivations behind reducing alcohol consumption and the impact of such choices on individuals and culture.

  • Speaking: Through role-play exercises and discussions, students will express their opinions and share personal experiences related to the topic. This includes debating the benefits and drawbacks of consuming alcohol and discussing cultural attitudes toward drinking.

  • Vocabulary: Key terms and phrases related to sobriety, lifestyle choices, and the sober curious movement will be introduced. Examples include "alcohol-free," "sober curious," "drink optional mindset," and "Drynuary." Students will practice using these terms in sentences and discussions to enhance their language proficiency related to the topic.

  • Homework: Assignments will encourage further exploration of the topic through writing exercises that use new vocabulary and grammar points. This could involve composing a personal reflection on drinking habits, creating a dialogue between individuals with differing views on alcohol, or researching and summarizing an article on the sober curious trend.


Shake, stir, and garnish. It looks like a cocktail, it’s priced like a cocktail, but it’s not a cocktail! This video discusses the new millennial trend of decreasing alcohol consumption and being sober. Have you ever tried a non-alcoholic beverage? The Sober Curious Movement might just be here to stay.

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

mindset [noun]: a mental attitude or fixed state of mind
Dryuary [noun]: Dry January; a period of time during the month of January when people abstain from drinking alcohol
beverage [noun]: a drinkable liquid
booze [noun]: an alcoholic or intoxicating drink
sobriety [noun]: the quality or state of being sober or free of alcohol
vie for [verb]: to compete eagerly with someone in order to do or achieve something
cater to [idiom]: to provide what is wanted or needed by (someone or something)
take time off [verb]: to not work for a period of time because of illness, vacation, etc.
come up with [phrasal verb]: to produce especially in dealing with a problem or challenge
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