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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 +
Method
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.
 
270 AD
496 AD
1415 AD
Late 1800’s
35 Million
189 Million
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
Method
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: Download Get the class talking with over 15 Valentine’s Day questions.
 
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Guess the Valentine’s Day Idiom – In this warmer / cooler activity for teens and adults, students need to guess the Valentine’s Day idiom. This challenging activity is a simple and fun way to introduce students to idioms and expressions related to Valentine’s Day.

 

10 Feb, 2013

3 ESL Valentine’s Day Activities

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 […]

The 25th of January is Burns Night in Scotland. As such, I thought I would put together a simple lesson plan for teens and adults to practice English and also to teach about Scotland. I hope you enjoy the lesson plan. Don’t forget to leave any comments or suggestions. Happy Burns Night to all in Scotland.

Activity Time:  30 + Minutes (In total)
Materials required: Lesson plan notes ,Student printable handout
Skills practiced: Speaking, listening and Vocabulary.
Level: Intermediate +

1. Introduction (5 – 10 minutes)

Tell the class they are going to watch a video. Ask them to watch the video and
answer what the significance of the 25th of January is.

Answer: Burns night is a celebration of the life and poetry of the poet Robert Burns, author of many Scottish poems. It is held on or near the poet’s birthday, 25 January.

2. Robert Burns Poetry. (10 + minutes)
Write or project the Robert Burns quotes on the white board one at a time. Remind them that the poetry was written in the 1700’s. Tell them that you want them to explain what they think each sentence means. Tell them that there are no wrong answers.

Original Version                                                      Idiomatic Translation                     

“Oh my love is like a red red rose that is newly sprung in June”

“Wee, sleeket, cowran, tim’rous beastie,    Small, crafty, cowering, timorous little beast,
O, what panic’s in thy breastie!”                              O, what a panic is in your little breast!“The rank is but the guinea’s stamp,             The rank is but the guinea’s stamp,
The man’s the gowd for a’ that.”                               The man’s the gold for all that.“Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face,                        Nice seeing your honest, chubby face,
Great chieftain o’ the pudding race!”                      Great chieftain of the sausage race!

3. Watch the video again. (5 minutes)

Tell the students that they are going to watch the video again. This time they have to listen and fill in the missing words. Explain that there are between one and two words missing. They don’t have all the text so they must listen carefully.

Hand out the text.

Before they watch again, ask the students in pairs to predict the missing words.
4. Brainstorm (5 Minutes)
Write Scotland on the board and ask the class to brainstorm what they know about
Scotland. Ask them if they know of any inventions that have come from Scotland.5. 10 Things Invented In Scotland.http://youtu.be/So4mlHiFxec

Tell the class they are going to watch another short video. Tell them it’s about some of the things invented in Scotland. They must watch and complete the following activity.

 

10. ___________________ – Robert William Thompson & John Boyd Dunlop

9. ____________________ – J. M Barrie
8. ____________________ – James Braid
7. ____________________ – Robert Watson-Watt
6. ____________________ – Alexander Cummings
5. ____________________ – Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle
4. Telephone                            – ____________________
3. Bicycle                                 – ____________________
2. ___________________   – ____________________
1. _________________     – __________________

 

20 Jan, 2013

Robert Burns Night

The 25th of January is Burns Night in Scotland. As such, I thought I would put together a simple lesson plan for teens and adults to practice English and also to teach about Scotland. I hope you enjoy the lesson plan. Don’t forget to leave any comments or suggestions. Happy Burns Night to all in […]