Finding the Right Match: A small collection of teaching ideas for Valentine’s Day

Two days remain before February 14. That’s not much, but it’s certainly enough to plan one more Valentine’s Day activity. In my previous post I suggested using a love song to improve listening skills. In this posting, I’ll offer a short list of ideas from which you can hopefully find one that suits your students’ level and interests.

1. Expressions about love and marriage.  In an older YouTube video of mine, I present “pop the question” and other love-related expressions. After watching the video, students can create a short love story using all three expressions. Put spin on each story by giving each writing team a genre: sci-fi, horror, comedy, mystery, and drama.

2. Word forms. In another YouTube video dedicated to Valentine’s Day I give a review of word forms, such as love, lover, lovely.  After watching the video, students can work solo to create their own fill-in-the-blank quiz for another student. For each sentence, a choice of three word forms must be provided. Use word families from the video.

3.  Similes and metaphors. Recycle this idea from 2009. Have students create greeting cards. The fun activity ends with students either shopping for cards or receiving cards from a secret admirer.

4. Poetry for rhyme and rhythm. Students can write acrostic poems using love-related words. See this 2010 posting on the use of poetry in the classroom.

5. Collocations. Play off the idea of words being attracted to each other to form standard phrases. Teach collocations with simple verbs like make and get.  First, quiz them. In small groups, see how many marriage- or love-related phrases they can create. Examples: get married, get engaged, make plans, make a list. Next, list all their collocations on the board. Use the story idea from activity #1 above: students cann write in pairs or small groups and use the phrases listed on the board. Each writing team can be assigned a genre, from comedy to sci-fi. Additional practice with collocations is nicely provided by Kenneth Beare on ESL.About.com.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Tefl Jobs says:

    Making greetings cards on Valentine’s Day always goes down well.

    1. englishwithjennifer says:

      Yes. Students could either “shop” for a card among classmates’ creations or use their own card to give to someone special.

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