St. Valentine’s Day
Aim: to enrich pupils’ knowledge about this holiday, to have fun while revising vocabulary and practising sentence building, reciting poems and writing acronym rhymes; to develop warm friendly atmosphere in the classroom, and to cultivate the aesthetic value of love, the greatest human feeling.
(Pupils are reciting poems to the classical music)
She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes;
Thus mellowed to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.
by Lord Byron
Today we are obliged to be romantic
And think of yet another valentine.
We know the rules and we are both pedantic:
Today’s the day we have to be romantic.
Our love is old and sure, not new and frantic.
You know I’m yours and I know you are mine.
And saying that has made me feel romantic,
My dearest love, my darling valentine.
by Wendy Cope
The 1st narrator. Hello, everyone! Do you like holidays? As for me, I adore them, especially traditional ones, New Year or Christmas for example. Every holiday has its own traditions and special atmosphere.
The 2nd narrator. And today we are going to celebrate a very nice old holiday. Moreover, we would like to celebrate it every year. Can you imagine how wonderful our life will be? As a rule, we prepare for a real holiday beforehand; we buy presents for our friends, write greeting cards and do all our best. So, a few words about our today’s holiday.
The 1st narrator. Haven't you guessed? It’s a great feast – St. Valentine’s day! For some people it’s quite unusual, because it’s not Slavic. Europeans have already celebrated it for 120 years. And that’s great, as we have a wonderful opportunity to join their celebration. To know more about St. Valentine’s day, listen to one of the legends associated with this holiday.
The 2nd narrator. One legend says that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, so he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death. Valentine was killed on the 14th of February around the year 270.
According to another legend, Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” greeting himself. While in prison, it is believed that Valentine fell in love with a young girl — who may have been the jailor’s daughter who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he signed, “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still used today.
1. Solving a Crossword
(It’s better to do in pares)
2. Saying a Compliment
Divide your classroom into boys and girls. Who can name more compliments to the “opponents”? Start with
3. Word Jumble
(It’s better to do in pares)
4. Making Sentences
(Cut the sentences into separate words and let your pupils arrange them in the correct order)
Do you see the flower? I can see a rose.
How many hearts are there? There are twenty-five hearts.
Have you checked the mailbox? I have already checked the mailbox.
Did she eat some chocolate? She ate some tasty chocolate.
5. Writing an Acronym Poem
(Divide the pupils into several groups and hang some valentine greetings; then ask them to write their own acronym poems about love)
If you were my rose, then I'd be your sun,
painting you rainbows when the rains come.
I'd change my orbit to banish the night,
as to keep you in my nurturing light.
I've never imagined that there can be this day.
A day that love will find its way.
Out of my heart and into your soul.
These feelings I have are beyond my control.
I hope you feel Valentine's Day
is your favorite day this year,
because the first thing I'm gonna do
is hold you tight and shed a grateful tear.
As we watch the sun go down,
I want to let you know;
my love for you is forever,
I'll never let you go....
6. Writing a Valentine Letter
The 1st narrator. I hope our meeting will help you to understand that love is extremely beautiful. Love can be happy or tragic, charming and touching. Ancient Greece, Japan, China, Tibet - each country has its own love story, and they all pass by you through the ages and times.
The 2nd narrator. Before we say goodbye, I wish everyone to have a great life full of love and happiness. And remember that St. Valentine's Day is the most poetic, most mysterious, and most romantic day of the year. I know that everyone has prepared a little "valentine card". Give these little love symbols to each other, give each other a little bit of warmth, love and goodness.