Lesson Plan: What do you look for in a partner?

Lesson Plan: What do you look for in a partner?

What do you look for in a partner? Do you think this might be different for men and women? What about people of different ages?

Listen from 0.00- 5.05. What does the research say?

What are some of the things people find attractive, according to the audio?

  • shared values
  • fun family
  • conversation
  • good skin
  • good at sports
  • hygiene
  • good sense of humour
  • similar hobbies
  • someone you can trust

Language

What is the mostsomeone who will laugh at my jokes.
If they like me,to rate individual characteristics
I’m just looking forimportant thing you look for in a partner?
They have to be funnierit becomes less important for them.
We asked peoplethan what I think I am.
As men age,I just like them back.

Discussion: Is this true for you and the people you know?

Part 2: What do you think this research says about human beings, in terms of evolution? Listen to 5.05-10.06 to find out.

Details

  • What’s new about this research?
  • What species act in similar ways to this research?
  • Do they know anything about same sex couples? Why/ why not?
  • How might dating apps change the way we date?

Language

Complete these sentences with these words: shallow, anecdotal, focussed, pickiness, evolutionary

  • That is confirmed by our everyday experience, by ________________evidence
  • From an __________________ perspective, have humans always been like this?
  • This just shows how ____________________ young men are today.
  • This kind of research has been really __________________ on sex differences.
  • I guess you can’t make the same kind of comparisons.
  • Maybe it increases people’s _____________________ .

Discussion: Do you think people’s preferences have changed over time? Do you think we are more or less shallow than a few years ago?

Reading

Lead-in: What more information would you like to know about the study?

Read this article. Did it include any more details?

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/may/20/the-perfect-partner-how-age-affects-what-men-and-women-find-attractive

Details: Are the following true or false:

  • Women think how much money their partner earns is important
  • Men and women over thirty show no differences
  • As people get older, trust is more important
  • Evolutionary theory is criticised by some people
  • Some people care a lot about many traits

Language

Can you find words from the article that fit this table:

nounverbadjectiveadverb
openopenopenly
xxwisewisely
reproductionreproducexx
widthwidenwide
differencedifferentdifferently

Discussion: Do these findings explain some of the way you and your friends act/ have acted? Do you think the findings should affect they way we act?

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