Speed dating?! Yes, that's right. The basic idea behind speed dating is that you meet someone for a very short period of time, talk and see if there are common interests. That's the premise for this English lesson plan using speed dating as a way to quickly practice short role plays. Each student takes a part, practice a specific type of language function such as apologizing, or demanding an explanation, and then moves on to the next quick role play. It's a lot of fun, and students get into the various roles quickly.