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C1 – Building Meaningful Friendships

Article-based ESL lesson which discusses the strategy of “playing it safe” in social interactions, which can lead to surface-level connections. It encourages taking social risks by openly sharing unique thoughts and beliefs to form deeper, more meaningful connections, even if it means encountering some mismatched connections along the way. The article emphasizes the value of quality relationships and suggests refining desires and intentions for more fulfilling connections.

This is a flipped lesson. Not sure how to teach it? Click here for more instructions.

TypeLevelVocabularyReading timeLesson Time
Flipped LessonC1 / Advanced14 words9 min / 1865 words60 min
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Teaching guide

This is a flipped lesson. Before class, students need to preview 14 vocabulary words from pages 3-4. Optionally, for a more in-depth discussion during class, encourage students to read the article on page 5 in advance.


  • Sensible
  • Play it safe
  • Delve into
  • Oddity
  • Light-hearted
  • Superficial
  • Goof off
  • Resonate with
  • Intimate
  • Settle for
  • Oscillate
  • On the same wavelength
  • Downplay
  • Manifestation


  • Lead-in
  • Vocabulary 1
  • Vocabulary 2
  • Article reading
  • Agree or disagree
  • Vocabulary practice
  • Speaking