Valentine’s day

03-Feb-2012

In a few short days, the biggest day of the romantic calendar will be with us. Whether Valentine’s day is a convenient reminder to pick up some flowers for your loved one or just a depressing reminder of singledom, it’s an opportunity to do something a bit different in the ELT classroom.

Naturally, 14th February is not the only day in the romantic calendar. Many countries across Europe, Asia and Latin America have similar days celebrating love. One way of introducing the subject of Valentine’s day in the ELT classroom is to look at the various ways different countries celebrate Valentine’s day or similarly-themed festivals.

And, if your students are really into the Valentine’s spirit, you can download some songs with accompanying interactive games from onestopenglish.

Unsurprisingly, Valentine’s day is not everybody’s cup of tea and this annual celebration can get a bit sickly sweet for some. A way of showing displeasure at the forced observation of romantic love every 14th February is the ‘celebration’ of an Anti-valentine’s day.

One of the more politically correct ways of observing this is to mock cheesy love songs. First, put together a list of the cheesiest love songs you can find. Once you have your list, find the lyrics to these songs and give them to your students. They can then rank the top five in order of cheesiness. It may seem to demonstrate the very worst of the English language but it could also be a useful way of practising vocabulary around the theme of love. Be careful, though. Some people may actually like these songs.

Happily, you can strike a balance between the romantics and the cynics in your classroom with a Valentine’s-themed board game. Designed for intermediate and upper intermediate-level students, it gives students the opportunity to extol the virtues or expel their vitriol on the subject of love. All in perfect English, of course.

Jeremy

 

 

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