I am sorry for not being very active on the blog lately, I have been focusing a lot on making videos for Youtube (for both teachers and students of course!).
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and whether you like that celebration or not it is always a good excuse to create an especially fun lesson.
Here are several ESL activities to teach in class. And if you are a student, there are some exercises that you can download and do at home! So let’s have a look!
Teacher writes the following expressions on the board (feel free to add your own) and discusses their meanings with the students:
- to admire
- to look up to
- to give back to
- to be kind-hearted
- to set an example
- to overcome something
- to go through something
- to live up to someone’s expectations
- to pave the way
- to be devoted to someone/something
Ask your students to tell their partner about a famous couple they admire. Then that partner presents to the class using as many of the expressions on the board as possible. The person who uses the most wins.
Love or Hate Vocabulary
Here is a worksheet you can download.
Exercise I – Tell your students to write the expressions under the correct category (love or hate). Then discuss the meaning with them.
Exercise II – Fill in the blanks with the appropriate expression from the previous exercise. More than one option is sometimes possible.
This is the perfect occasion to review the structure of a letter.
Pair your students up. Tell them to write a list of stuctures that can be used to start and finish a letter (both formal and informal). The team that has the most wins. Teacher adds other expressions.
Then it is time for practice. Give your students a topic. Here are some options:
-A famous star has a crush on you and has sent you a love letter. Write the letter you would love to receive.
-Write a love letter to someone you love.
-Your best friend has just broken up with their partner. Write them an email to cheer them up.
-Your English pen-friend has asked you about what people do for Valentine’s Day in your country. Write him a letter in which you explain what people typically do for that occasion.
I suggest writing a 100 to 150 word long story (fewer for lower levels, or if it’s just a one hour-long lesson). Then either collect the writings to correct at home or tell them to present to the class.
I love this thing!
Tell your students to think about an item they love, why they love it, how they got it…Then they write that item on a piece of paper and the teacher collects all the pieces of paper. The teacher re-distributes the papers randomly. The students might have their own paper or a new one. No matter what the paper they must present this item to the class as if it were there’s. The other students can ask questions in order to guess whether it is the student’s loved item or not.
At the end, once everybody has presented once, the class gets to discuss which paper was whose and why.
Let me know how these activities go!