Valentine’s Lesson Ideas for the EFL Classroom
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Holidays are a great source of inspiration for the English as a Foreign Language classroom and Valentine’s Day should be no different. A day celebrating love can give us endless ideas for EFL lessons, which our students are sure to enjoy.
Activities to use in the classroom to celebrate Valentine’s Day
Speed-dating is a way for busy people to meet possible partners without spending lots of time looking for them. During speed-dating men and women talk to each other for three minutes before a bell rings and they move on to speak to another person. During this time they can ask each other any questions they want to get to know each other.
Your students can act out a speed-dating scenario by adopting different personae. You can assign them identities, or they can make up their own. Give your students time to think up questions they would like to ask their potential partners. Time them so they only have three minutes to speak to each person. At the end of the activity they must decide if there was anyone their characters were interested in.
The perfect partner
Write the following words on the board:
Arrange a discussion activity in which your students must decide which of these characteristics are important in a partner. They must rank them in order of importance. This can be done as a pyramid activity, so each student works individually to decide on their ranking. Then they work as a pair and decide on their ranking. Then as a group of four, and so on until the whole class decides the ranking of these characteristics.
The love triangle
This activity requires two or three celebrities who have had turbulent love lives. The Jennifer Anniston – Brad Pitt – Angeling Jolie love triangle works perfectly but if they are not relevant to your students find celebrities who are. Elicit as much as you can about these relationships from the students using pictures. Board the appropriate language and fill in any gaps. Focus on colloquial and idiomatic language which relates to the story, for example split up, cheated on, had an affair with, got divorced. This topic has so much language related to it that you can choose a set of target phrases which are suitable for your students.
This activity is a webquest. Assign different countries to your students. Let them go online to find out about the different celebrations different cultures have for Valentine’s Day. When they are finished they can mingle to tell each other what they found out.
Holidays and national celebrations are a great way to bring the outside world into the classroom. Valentine’s Day should be a day dedicated to love and relationships in the classroom. It doesn’t have to be cheesy!
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- 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.