This post looks at 3 ESL Valentine’s Day Activities for teens and adults. These simple no-prep activities are a great way to get students talking and discussing their opinions on St. Valentine’s day.
The first activity explains the origins of St. Valentine’s Day while practicing students listening skills with a short video.
The second activity makes use of infographics to practice reading. Students read facts about Valentine’s Day and discuss what they read with the class.
Lastly, you will find a number of speaking questions to extend the conversation with students.
Valentine’s Day Explained
Activity Time: 10 mins + Materials required: Each student needs a piece of paper and a pen. Skills practiced: Listening, writing and speaking. Level: Teens and adults. Lower Intermediate +
1. Show the class the video below and stop the video at around 0:51 seconds. Ask the students to answer the following question in pairs. Ask them to write their answer. (Show the video a second time if required.)
How did Valentines day start?
2. Ask the students the write down the following numbers. Tell them they are going to watch the video again. This time they must write down the significance of the numbers.
3. After you have checked their answers, ask them which facts they found most interesting and why.
On the board write “Love is …” In their pairs, ask the students to finish the statement.Here are some quotes to give them some inspiration:“Love is like a friendship caught on fire” Bruce Lee “Love is only a little foolishness with a lot of curiosity” George Bernard Shaw “Love is an irresistible desire to irresistibly desired” Robert Frost “Love is the flower you’ve got yo let grow” John Lennon “Love is like a red red rose” Robert BurnsPlease contribute Please send on your classes “love is..” creations to me either on twitter @eslkidgames, #eslloveis or via email where they will be featured with my classes’ quotes to spread the love this Valentine’s day.
Valentine’s Day Facts
Activity Time: 10 mins + Materials required: Printed infographic for each set of students Skills practiced: Listening, writing and speaking. Level: Teens and adults. Lower Intermediate
1. Print the following infographics.One between two or three students. (Click the images to view the full infographic)
2. Give each group their own infographic. Ask them to read the infographic and create a mini presentation on the top five most interesting facts they read on their infographic.
3. Each group tells the other groups the information that have read and the class discuss the information.
4. The whole class then picks the top five pieces of information discussed. If you have time you could encourage the class to develop their own infographic based on their top five facts.
Valentine’s Day ESL Questions
Activity Time: 10 mins + Materials required: a copy of the printable Level:Teens and Adults all levels. Printable:DownloadGet the class talking with over 15 Valentine’s Day questions.
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David has been teaching ESL for a number of years across Asia and Europe. He currently lives and works in Seville, Spain where he has been teaching for the past three years. He is currently studying an MA in Digital Technologies, Communication and Education in TESOL.