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English Current: Etiquette Lesson

Example Web Site and/or Technical Equipment Required


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Computer(s), Internet access, projector (optional)

Activity Description

Use the mini lesson for advanced students to practice conversation, vocabulary, writing (optionally), problem solving, and critical thinking related to the topic of etiquette. The lesson has warm-up conversation questions, scenarios for discussion with vocabulary highlighted in context, online vocabulary matching exercise and sentence writing, prediction discussion questions, and questions that can be used as writing prompts.


  1. Make sure the Web site is not blocked at your school if you plan to project it or have students do the interactive online exercises. You may choose to download and print their non-interactive document (pdf) and make photocopies for in-class use.
  2. Read through the material to become familiar with its contents and to anticipate student questions and difficulties.


  1. Open the Example Web Site (above) and project the Web page, or distribute the non-interactive online parts of the Web page that have been copied and pasted into a handout using a word-processing program.
  2. Divide students into pairs or groups for discussion.
  3. Have students do the vocabulary exercises online individually or as a whole class on one computer.
  4. Have students write a five-sentence paragraph with a topic sentence, three sentences of explanation, and a conclusion about one of the final discussion questions:
    1. Is it old fashioned to think a lot about the rules of etiquette?
    2. What rules of etiquette would you like to change?
    3. White Lies: Is it okay to lie in order to avoid hurting someone’s feelings?

Teacher Tips

  • The mini lessons on the site are also good warm-up and filler activities. There are numerous topics on a wide range of current news-related themes. There may be some British spelling.
  • Many sites, like this one, have advertising. If you will be sending your students to the Web site, teach them what ads look like and how to avoid selecting ads since many times they contain malware that they will not want on their computers, at school or at home. It is a very important and necessary skill for them to know. The ads on this particular site blend in very well and they are sometimes difficult to tell from the important text.

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The site has a list of mini lesson topics on the left navigation bar. A selection of the topics include the following: (number of lessons in intermediate through advanced level indicated in parentheses) including:

  • 9/11 (2)
  • Affirmative Action (2)
  • Artificial Intelligence (2)
  • Beauty (3)
  • Biomedical Ethics (2)
  • Bullying (1)
  • Business Ethics (6)
  • Capital Punishment (2)
  • Capitalism (2)
  • Cooking (2)
  • Cyberwarfare (2)
  • Dating (3)
  • Death (1)
  • Democracy (8)
  • Discrimination (2)
  • Earthquake (2)
  • Education (3)
  • Environment (2)
  • Family (2)
  • Food Safety (4)
  • Future (2)
  • Gun Control (2)
  • Health (8)
  • High School (1)
  • Hotels (2)
  • Immigration (2)
  • Job Interviewing (3)
  • Lobbying (1)
  • Love (6)
  • Marriage (4)
  • Marriage (4)
  • Movies (1)
  • Multiculturalism (2)
  • Natural Disaster (4)
  • Natural Selection (3)
  • Neighbors (1)
  • New Year's (4)
  • Nuclear Power (4)
  • Office Workspace (2)
  • Online Piracy (2)
  • Parenting (4)
  • Police (1)
  • Population (2)
  • Privacy (2)
  • Protests (4)
  • Refugees (4)
  • Religion (2)
  • Retirement (1)
  • Rioting (2)
  • Robots (4)
  • Science (11),
  • Smoking (2)
  • Social Media (2)
  • Space (2)
  • Survival (1)
  • Terrorism (6)
  • Travel (5)
  • United Nations (4)
  • Unsolved Mysteries (2)
  • Whistle-blowing (2)


  • Intermediate Low
  • Intermediate High
  • Advanced


Basic Communication

  • (0.1) Communicate in interpersonal interactions

Basic Communication

  • (2.7) Understand aspects of society and culture

Basic Communication

  • (4.8) Demonstrate effectiveness in working with other people

Basic Communication

  • (7.2) Demonstrate ability to use critical thinking skills
  • (7.3) Demonstrate ability to use problem-solving skills
  • (7.5) Understand aspects of and approaches to effective personal management
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