Understanding Social Behaviors

General English
Social Interactions
B2 Upper-Intermediate, C1 Advanced
Mixed Grammar
Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
30 minutes
ESL lesson plan about social behaviors

Lesson Description

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

  • To develop speaking and listening skills

  • To discuss the topic of social science and behavior

  • To learn and use new vocabulary in practice


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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