Best of NTC: Valentine's Day, President's Day, St David's Day
05.02.2015

Best of NTC: Valentine's Day, President's Day, St David's Day

Teaching tip

February can be a cruel month – signs of spring might be hidden under layers of snow and the jollity of Christmas seems ages ago. So brighten up your month with the best of Network Teachers’ Club.

 

Valentine’s Day on 14th February is a date most of your students will know. Celebrate the day in your lesson with a fun matching game - pairing up famous lovers and then deciding when they got married. When, for example, did John Lennon and Yoko Ono tie the knot? If you would like to include this activity in your lesson, click on the left box ‘Valentine's Day, President's Day, St David's Day’ below - the matching game is on page 2 of the PDF. In the PDF, you’ll also find some interesting links referring to Valentine’s Day and can learn some facts about its history.

But that’s not all you’ll get when you click on the left box below …:

  • For a view of February in America why not look at the information about President’s Day on 16th February and try a US presidents quiz.
  • And then over to Wales for St David’s Day on 1st March. Read the information and discover why leeks are important symbols for the Welsh. There’s also an additional link to find out more about St David.

And if you would like another, new activity for Valentine’s Day, then read on below and try the trivia quiz.


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New activity

 

Valentine’s Day trivia quiz
(level A1.2 upwards, 10+ minutes)

Preparation:
Make a copy of the quiz below, one for each student.

In the lesson:
Write Valentine’s Day on the board and ask students what they know about it. Ask students to complete the quiz. Help with any unknown vocabulary. Check answers together in class.

Key: 1 true, 2 false (£503 million), 3 true, 4 false (73% are men, 27% are women), 5 false (Richard Cadbury in Birmingham UK), 6 true, 7 false, 8 true (they were transported there from Rome in 1836), 9 true, 10 true

 

Valentine’s Day trivia quiz

Are the following sentences true or false?

  1. Nine million pet owners in the USA give their pet a Valentine’s Day gift.
  2. In Britain people spend over one hundred million pounds (£100,000,000) on Valentine’s Day cards and gifts.
  3. Tradition says that if an unmarried woman sees a sparrow (Spatz) on Valentine’s Day, she will marry a poor man and be very happy.
  4. On Valentine's Day, 73 percent of people who buy flowers are women, while only 27 percent are men.
  5. The first Valentine’s Day box of chocolates was made in Bern, Switzerland, by Rodolphe Lindt in 1868.
  6. Verona, where Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet lived, receives about 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet every Valentine’s Day.
  7. Valentine’s Day used to be celebrated on July 14.
  8. St Valentine’s bones are in Whitefriar Street Church in Dublin.
  9. In Wales many people celebrate the Welsh Valentine’s Day on St Dwynwen’s Day on 25th January.
  10. St Valentine is the patron saint of bee keepers (Imker).

 

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