Not a big fan here of St Valentine’s day, but… it is not about the day, it is about the language that comes with the day. So, very quickly I have put together a small quiz to teach/revise some expressions, idioms and phrasal verbs related to love and friendship, well… mostly about love.
Before the quiz, we will have some fun doing a listening comprehension on St Valentine’s using Edpuzzle (Go Live mode) and after doing the quiz, we will answer the questions below, in pairs. Please, bear in mind I teach adults.
1. Would you rather find out that your partner cheated on you while drunk once, but it doesn’t mean anything and will never do it again or never learn the truth about it?
2. Would you rather marry a funny person who was always poor or a boring person who was very rich?
3. Would you rather never have a best friend but have a long and happy marriage or never get married but have the closest and strongest friendships ever? Questions from buzzfeed.com
And here’s the quiz. Enjoy it!!
Note of warning: This free website for making quizzes only allows 250 visits/month for free. So, if you get here and cannot see the quiz, I apologize in advance. Please, come back next month or on second thoughts, next year to do it.
Sorry to spoil all the fun but I’m totally one of those girls who doesn’t give a damn about Valentine’s Day. And it’s not because now I’m a grown woman who has been with the same guy it-seems-like- for- ever but because it is not a traditional Spanish celebration and I am …very Spanish in my celebrations so most of the times I am like.. Is it Valentine’s Day again? Well , I guess if you gave me flowers and some chocolate I wouldn’t complain but for me , at least in Spain, it is just a thing El Corte Ingles introduced in my country so that they could make more money .
Anyway, it is a good opportunity to post some idioms about LOVE and also for a beautiful song.Here they go!
And my most admired Tracy Chapman with The Promise
I just couldn’t let it pass! It is not Valentine Day but my fourth year students are working with Relationship Verbs. Bad choice, on the publishers’ side, to ask students to learn expressions related to love when it is time for final exams and they need to concentrate on exams. Now’s the time to hunker down and hit the books! Mental note to email MacMillan about this issue!!!
So, not the right time to learn about love but , anyway,it gives me the chance to spice up my lessons using the WordCoud generator Tagul, which enables you to create beautiful shapes with your words.
The exercise…. , simple and to the point as I am a bit pressed for time. Students revise vocabulary by looking at the wordcloud and guessing the right expression.
I have never celebrated st Valentine. I cannot remember a single occasion in my life when I was given a present or invited to a romantic dinner whatsoever.( If you are reading this and you are one of my ex-boyfriends, don’t hesitate to send me an email if I have forgotten what you did for me on that day. Don’t get pissed off, I am sure it was beautiful and it meant the world for me).
I’ve prepared two activities for two different levels.
The first one is a song by Whitney Houston “I will always love you”. It is my way of paying a little homage to one of the greatest singers in history. Click here to get the worksheet.Level: absolute beginners .
The other activity I have decided to do is on the other side of what love should be. Please don’t take any offense ! It is only a small joke and although it is a bit sexist it is also good fun. And remember that I am a woman, too. In my opinion it would be suitable for intermediate students and I am planing to give them the first part and ask them to work in pairs to predict what is the woman going to find on the sixth floor. There are lots of follow-up questions that can be the object of discussion and of a lot of fun, too.
I don’t want to be a party pooper but the truth is I’ve never celebrated this day. I know that for some of you this day is full of meaning so I don’t want to let it go by without wishing you a happy St Valentine’s day with a beautiful love song.