Understanding Social Behaviors

Tom  - reviewer of the lesson plan   Tom | November 17, 2023
General English
Social Interactions, Science
B2 Upper-Intermediate, C1 Advanced
Mixed Grammar
Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
30 minutes
ESL lesson plan about social behaviors

Lesson Overview

Can you read and understand body language? In this lesson, students will discuss social science and behavior and talk about some off-putting habits and uncomfortable situations. The lesson features a video about unwanted and acceptable behavior. Students will learn some fixed expressions about liking and disliking someone and practice vocabulary and idioms relating to the topic. The lesson includes plenty of engaging discussion activities and worksheets that have been developed for adult and teenage learners.

Lesson Objectives

  • Listening: Leaerners will watch and listen to a video about social science and behavior, focusing on unwanted and acceptable behavior. This will help them understand how body language and certain behaviors can affect social interactions, improving their listening comprehension and ability to understand non-verbal cues in English.

  • Speaking: They will discuss off-putting habits and uncomfortable situations, sharing personal experiences and opinions. This activity encourages students to practice speaking in English about complex topics, improving their fluency and confidence in expressing opinions and personal experiences.

  • Vocabulary: The lesson introduces fixed expressions and idioms about liking and disliking someone, such as "acting too nice," "asking too many questions," and "dropping a personal bomb." Students will learn how to use these expressions in context, expanding their vocabulary and ability to describe social interactions and personal preferences in English.

  • Homework: Students will reflect on their own behaviors and write about an uncomfortable situation they have experienced or witnessed, using the new vocabulary and expressions learned. This task will enhance their writing skills in English, allowing them to apply the vocabulary in personal narratives and improve their ability to communicate about social science and behavior.


Do you act too nice or ask too many questions? How can you get someone to like you? Watch this video to learn about unwanted and acceptable social behaviors.

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

contrary [adjective]: opposite in nature, direction, or meaning
social science [noun]: the scientific study of human society and social relationships
go the extra mile [idiom]: make a special effort to achieve something
get off on the wrong foot [idiom]: to begin a relationship badly
hit it off [idiom]: be naturally friendly or well suited
soft spot [noun]: a sentimental weakness
warm up to someone or something [phrasal verb]: to begin to like or enjoy someone or something
draw closer [verb]: to come closer in space, time, or feeling
give someone the cold shoulder [idiom]: to intentionally ignore someone or treat someone in an unfriendly way
burst one’s bubble [idiom]: to say or do something that shows someone that their beliefs are false, or that what they want to happen will not happen
ulterior [adjective]: existing beyond what is obvious or admitted; intentionally hidden
spill the beans [idiom]: disclose a secret or reveal something prematurely
reciprocate [verb]: respond to (a gesture or action) by making a corresponding one
disclose [verb]: make (secret or new information) known
intimate [adjective]: closely acquainted; familiar
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