Last-minute Love Lessons 19

Whoops! You’ve completely forgotten that Valentine’s Day is round the corner and you haven’t planned anything with a romantic theme for your classes.

love

Don’t panic – Here are 3 last-minute love lessons / activities for you to try which require very little preparation.

TIP: Not all learners feel comfortable talking about their private lives and relationships. In order not to invade their privacy, you might want to ask them to create roles based on pictures.

1. SPEED-DATING

  1. Briefly introduce the concept of ‘speed dating’. It may be unfamiliar to some cultures.

  2. Divide the students into men and women. If you have an unequal number, just ask some of the students to play a member of the opposite sex.

  3. Arrange the seats in two lines facing each other, one line for the women and the other for the men.

  4. Give each student a photo of a single man or a single woman (you could ask them to draw a face) and create a profile for their portrait (age, name, job, interests, favourite movies or music etc.).

  5. Tell them they are single people looking for a partner and their aim is to find somebody who wants to go on a date with them.

  6. Let them show the portrait/ picture to their partner.

  7. Do a trial run by asking the students to chat to the person sitting opposite them for 2/3 minutes and try to charm them

  8. Then, ask the men to stand up and move one seat to the right. Give them they 2/3 minutes to chat to their new partner.

  9. Continue the activity until all the men and all the women have had a 2/3 minute chat.

  10. To finish, ask the students to write down their first and second choice for a date.

  11. Collect the slips of paper and see if any if any of the choices corresponded, if a man choose a woman as her number 1 and she also choose him as her favourite.

Great for: 2nd conditionals “If you were to go out with me, you’d have the night of your life.”

couple

2. ROUND-ROBIN ROMANTIC STORY

Create a simple handout on an A4 sheet of paper. Draw a picture of a man and woman at the top. Write the following questions on the page. Leave enough space after each question so that students can write their answers. Tip: fold the sheet 3 times and you’ll have enough space for 8 questions.

Who was the man?

Who was the woman?

Where were they were they met?

What was he doing when they met? What was she doing?

What did they say to each other?

What did they think of each other?

What did they do after they met?

What happened in the end

  1. Hand a sheet to each student and ask them to write their name at the top of the sheet and an answer to the first question.

  2. Wait for all students to finish, ask them to fold the sheet below their answer. Tell them to pass the sheet to the person to their left. The next person can see the second question but not the first answer.

  3. Ask your students to answer the second question, fold, pass the sheet to the next person.

  4. Continue until all of the questions have been answered.Collect all the sheets and then hand them back to the person whose name is at the top.

  5. Finally, let the students read the stories. Some of them will be nonsense but a few are bound to make sense.

  6. Ask them to correct any errors.

Great for: Practising narrative tenses.

  • Love is in the air

3. DATING COACH

  1. Give each student a portrait photo. Tell them that the person in the photo is single and ask them to create a profile for the person in the photo.

  2. Then, ask them to write down 3 reasons why this person is single (they have poor dress sense, terrible personal hygiene, embarrassing habits etc.

  3. Put the students in small groups of 3 (make sure the groups are mixed in terms of gender) and ask them to discuss a series of dating-related questions such as:

         What should people do to find a partner?

Where should they go on a first date?

What should men/women wear on a first date?

What topics should / shouldn’t they talk about on a first date?

What behavioural habits turn people off on a first date?

Who should pay the bill?

4.Get some whole class feedback and then move onto the role play.

5.Assign a role to each member of the group of 3: Man on a first date, woman on a first date, and dating coach

6.Rearrange the chairs/desks to make the classroom resemble a restaurant/bar/cafe and play some romantic music to get the students in the mood.

7.Ask the men and the women to act out the blind date (remind them that they should behave according to the profile they created) and tell the dating coach to observe the date and make notes about how each participant performed.

8.Give a time limit (I find between 5 and 10 minutes is fine for Intermediate level learners) Stress that they are to assess their dating performance not their English speaking ability: Were they polite? Did they listen attentively to their partner? Were the conversation topics appropriate?

9.When the ‘date’ ends, ask the dating coaches to provide feedback on the participants’ performance.

10.Change roles / groups and repeat the role play.

11.The teacher can monitor and note down errors and examples of good language which could benefit the whole class.

Great for: Modal verbs for advice, suggestions, warnings etc.

glass wine

 

Love is in the air…do dee do dee do dee dee…

Have a great Valentine’s Day.

19 thoughts on “Last-minute Love Lessons

  1. Reply vanap76@gmail.com Feb 13,2013 1:01 pm

    Brilliant ideas!!

    Sent from my iPad

  2. Reply dilano71 Feb 13,2013 1:25 pm

    Thanks very much. Glad you liked them.

  3. Reply Michelle Hughes Feb 13,2013 2:51 pm

    Great ideas, looking forward to trying them!

  4. Reply Admira Kulasic Feb 13,2013 10:42 pm

    THUMBS UP!!! LOVED THE SPEED DATING IDEA!!

  5. Reply dilano71 Feb 14,2013 12:17 am

    Thanks Michelle. Hope your students have fun.

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  7. Reply Effie Feb 11,2014 9:04 pm

    Clever and enjoyable!Thanks a lot!

  8. Reply dylgates@hotmail.com Feb 11,2014 11:29 pm

    You’re welcome. If you try them out with your learners, I’d love to hear how it goes.

  9. Reply Laura Feb 12,2014 1:18 pm

    Great ideas Dylan…think I will add some romance to my classes this week because of your post!

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  12. Reply Gordana Feb 13,2014 2:09 pm

    We’re doing the romantic story one today! Thanks, Dylan and keep doing this 🙂

  13. Reply dylgates@hotmail.com Feb 13,2014 4:59 pm

    Cheers Gordana – hope the romantic story goes well!

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  15. Reply Laura Feb 18,2014 12:31 pm

    Thanks for this blog Dylan! The speed dating and the dating coach activities went really well and added a nice element of fun to my PET and FCE exam classes 🙂

  16. Reply dylgates@hotmail.com Feb 19,2014 1:34 pm

    Cheers Laura – I think it’s really important to make exam classes as enjoyable as we can and take some of the pressure of the learners.

  17. Reply Nafia Feb 19,2014 2:59 pm

    good ideas, perfect.

  18. Reply dylgates@hotmail.com Feb 19,2014 6:02 pm

    Thanks Nafia.

  19. Reply Anonymous Feb 13,2016 12:42 am

    Thank you!!

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