EFL Classroom Activities for Valentine’s Day
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February. The month of love, romance and expensive gifts. The month which has a day which seems to have been invented by the chocolate, jewellery and gift card companies to milk out of us what little money we have after the festive season.
But let’s stop being cynical and think how we can make Valentine’s Day work for us.
The topic of love and relationships is something all of our students can relate to and something we can adapt to all levels of our students. Here are a few of our favourite activities to celebrate Valentine’s Day in the EFL classroom.
Note: these activities are not suitable for Young Learners or even teens. Use your discretion as to whether or not they are suitable for your students and their cultural situation.
Before class, come up with a set of discussion questions related to relationships and dating.
For example: Should you move in with your partner before marriage? What’s the best age to get married? What is your ideal wedding like?
Divide the class into pairs. Each pair must sit at a table with a question. For a certain amount of time (you decide how long) they must discuss the question with their partner. When the time is up they must change to a different pair and a different question – in other words, everyone stands up and moves somewhere new. They now discuss the new question with their new partner. This continues until all the questions have been discussed and all the students have spoken to everyone in the class.
Online dating can be used to practise gerunds and infinitives, personality adjectives or adjectives of description. Divide the students into groups. Give them magazines and let them find a picture of a person. When they have chosen a person they must write a description of this person to be used for online dating.
For example: I am 29 years old. I’m quite tall and very athletic. I enjoy walking on the beach and reading books.
Once they have finished their biographies, put them up on the whiteboard or on the classroom walls. The students now walk around looking at all the biographies and they must decide which couples go together. Get feedback as a class in order to discuss the different possibilities.
What happens next?
Before class write out the different stages of a relationship on big pieces of paper.
For example: get married; move in together; have children; meet the parents
In groups, let the students discuss what they think the order of the stages should be. Without much interruption or guidance from you, then let the class as a whole discuss it. The whole point of this exercise is that there is no right answer, but the different options should prompt good discussion. Finish the activity with a delayed error correction activity.
Even if you are not a fan of Valentine’s Day, you can still use the day to your advantage and use it for inspiration in your EFL classroom.
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- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.