Bachelor and Bachelorette parties: a conversation lesson for adults

One of my adult students is throwing a Bachelorette’s party to her friend, so I thought it would be interested to discuss the differences and similarities between Brazil and the USA.

I’d say this lesson is for adults only and, if you are working with a group, it helps if people are married.

You should start by introducing the words bachelor and bachelorette. You can do that by having the words on the board and asking students if they know what these mean, or try to find a picture to illustrate the concept. The TV programs The Bachelor  and its spin-off The Bachelorette were popular some years ago, so that might do the trick.

Afterwards, get the discussion going by asking your students to answer the following questions:

  • Do you think traditions like bachelor and bachelorette parties are important? Why?
  • If you are married, did you have a bachelor / bachelorette party? How did you like it?
  • If you are not married, would you like to have one? Why?
  • Do you think these traditions are the same in Brazil and the USA?

Get feedback from the whole group and then tell students they are going to read a blogpost with Dos and Don’ts for Bachelorette parties.

The original article can be found here and my adapted version is below.

Bachelorette Party Etiquette (LaurenConrad)

I suggest using these while-reading questions

  • Should people take a gift to the bride?
  • Why should people be careful with photos?
  • Can people wear white clothes?
  • What does the text say about drinking?

You could also ask your students some follow-up questions, to connect the text with their own context.

  • Which piece of advice is the most important, in your opinion?
  • Are these traditions similar to Brazil?
  • Are any of these tips useful for a Bachelor party as well?

If you choose to work with the language from the text, these are the words I’d go for.

to stick to
to pamper
be savvy
an outfit
a hangover
to soak up

You could use these personalized questions to get your students to practice the language.

Do you have any strategies not to get a hangover after a party?
Who is the most technology savvy person in your family?
What is your favourite outfit to wear on the weekends?
Did your parents use to pamper you when you were a child?
Do you like to go to the beach and soak up the sun?
When you start something, do you usually stick to it (e.g. a diet, a course, etc)?

Alternatively, you could follow the text with a video activity. Tell students they are going to watch a snippet of The Big Bang Theory. It’s a good idea to check how many of your students are familiar with the show. If they are not, introduce the main characters (Leonardo, Sheldon and Penny).

Show these while-watching questions to students before playing the video, so they know what to expect.

  • What party are the guys celebrating?
  • Is Penny jealous of Leonard? Why (not)?
  • What does Sheldon think are the components of this type of party?
  • Are there strippers at the party?

To wrap things up, get students to discuss this question:

  • Is this similar to Bachelor parties in Brazil? Why or why not?

Thanks for reading.

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