"Speed Dating" Game, Mandarin Chinese, Novice-High

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1. Use the Activity as is:

Before you begin:

  • Most activities are 30 minutes in duration, unless otherwise specified.
  • Be sure to read through the activity description, and review the list of required materials. You will notice that the activity materials are also highlighted in yellow throughout the activity instructions.

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3. Adapt for Another Language:

  • See the linked English Version at the top of the activity (English Version may not be available for all activities)

"Speed Dating" Game


In this activity, students will role play as if they are attending a speed dating event. Students will each be given a profile and will choose a career, and interests and dislikes at random. Students will then go through a few rounds of interviewing one another to discover things about their partners and decide which person they think they are most compatible with. At the end, everyone will share their picks and see if anyone ends up matched together!

Proficiency Level:



 Chinese, role-playing games, group activities, speed dating, interviews, preferences, likes and dislikes

World-Readiness Standards:

Standard 1.1-Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions in Chinese

Standard 1.3-Students present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics

Standard 4.1-Students demonstrate understanding of the nature of language through comparisons of the Chinese language with their own

Idaho Content Standards for World Languages:

COMM 1.1-Interact and negotiate meaning (spoken, signed, written conversation) to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions

COMM 2.1-Understand, interpret, and analyze what is heard, read, or viewed on a variety of topics

COMM 3.1-Present information, concepts, and ideas to inform, explain, persuade, and narrate on a variety of topics using appropriate media in the target language

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

I can ask someone personal information about themselves using the target language

I can compare and contrast interests with someone using the target language

I can use the target language creatively in a role play activity

Materials Needed:

Google Slides

Occupation cards

Interests Cards

Dislikes cards

Interview sheets

Vis a vis markers 


Main Activity

1. Each student will get:

- an interview sheet

- a random occupation card

- 3 cards from the Interests pile

- 3 cards from the Dislikes pile

2. Students cannot show their cards to one another

3. Project the "suggested questions" slide on the projector 

4. Students will pair off and will have around 5 minutes to talk to their partner to find out as much about them as possible, including greeting one another

Students can ask questions based on the suggested topics slide, but can also ask any questions that they feel are important to know about their partner

They will interview each other in 3 rounds

5. As students have their conversation, they should both be referring to the interests/dislikes and job cards they have in their hand, keeping them secret from their partner or any other student

6. Once 5 minutes have passed, students will quickly write any notes about their partner on their interview sheet, this can be anything they liked or disliked about the person

7. Students will now switch and find a new partner and repeat the same process for another 5 minutes

8. Repeat two more times, each student will have interviewed a total of three different people

Give students a few moments to choose which person they interviewed is their "ideal match"

9. Come back together as a large group and each student will reveal who their "ideal match" is and why

Find out together if anyone found their perfect match!

End of lab: Can-Do check in statement check in... "Where are we?"

  • Read can-do statements and have students evaluate their confidence with cards or holding up fingers 1-5
  • Encourage students to be honest in their self-evaluation
  • Pay attention and try to use feedback for future labs!

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