A Lesson of romanse
- Барановская Елена Юрьевна, учитель английского языка
Разделы: Иностранные языки
- Познакомить с историей возникновения Дня Святого Валентина и традициями празднования его.
- Развивать способности к анализу, классификации и систематизации, развивать воображение.
- Воспитывать чувства сопричастности к культуре и традициям.
There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved!
Love! Happiness! Beauty! There’re not so many days in a year when we pronounce these pleasant words. Today you have an excellent chance to plunge into the atmosphere of love, to take part in party-games, to practice the use of some pleasant words and expressions on this special occasion. Happy St. Valentine’s Day!
II. Warm-up activities.
We’ve got two teams, and we shall see which team knows more about the holiday. Here are some activities for you
1. Answer some questions.
1. What is the first name for Valentine’s Day? (Lupeicalia. The Romans called
2. Who named her palace “The Valentine” and when? (A French princess, Madame
Royall in 17th century.)
3. Who wrote the Valentine poems on the wall of the Tower of London? (A
French Duke was captured by the English in a battle and put into prison. He was
put in the Tower of London. There he wrote Valentine poems. It was Charles, Duke
4. Do you know anything about the legend(s) of how St. Valentine’s Day began?
Tell us, please.
(When the Roman emperor Claudius II needed soldiers, he made a law against marrying, because he felt that marriage made men want to stay at home instead of fighting wars.
Now, a kindly priest named Valentine, seeing the love of young couples, married some secretly J3ut he was exposed and condemned to death.
Even in prison, Valentine showed his love for everyone. His jailer had a young daughter who was blind. And by a miracle, Valentine restored her sight. Just before his death, on February 14th, he sent her a farewell message signed “From your Valentine.”)
There are many other legends about how Valentine’s Day started, and no one knows for sure whether any of them are true.
2. Crossword about love.
- Show deep affection
- a kind of candy, tasty treat
- a bunch of flowers
- a part of your body, courage
- absence of colour
- winter month
- a boy who shoots arrows
- a kind of flower
10. a friendly look
11. used with a bow
12. a fancy material
13. significant colour
14. a heart-shaped card
3. Now we’ll see how well you know Valentine symbols.
1. What do rice and ting mean on the Valentine’s Day? (Wedding)
2. What is to get a red mitten on Valentine’s Day? (It means that his! her girl/boy doesn’t like him/her.)
3. What is Cupid with his bow and arrow? (It is a symbol of love)
4. What is lace on a Valentine’s Card? (It means you have caught m heart in a
What was the name of the first English actress who began to make and
sell the first Valentines in England? (Kate Greenaway in the 18th century.)
What is the ribbon on a Valentine Card? (It means you are tied up, you
are my girl.)
7. Can you say anything about the magic, which was tried on Valentine’s Eve?
(One young lady pinned four bay leaves to the corners of her pillow and one in the middle. Then she dreamed of her sweetheart. She thought that meant she would be married to him soon.)
(St. Valentine’s Day came to be celebrated in most of the countries of
Europe. Sicily is an island south of Italy. There a young girl would stand at
her window for half an hour before sunrise. If no one went by, she believed that
year she would not marry. If she saw a man pass, she thought she would marry him
or someone who looked like him.)
(In Germany girls try another way of learning whom they would marry. They planted onions on St. Valentine’s Day. Each girl tagged several dry onions in a corner near the fireplace. She thought she would marry the man whose onion sprouted first.)
4. You are to match all these parts in order to make the poem about love.
What is love?
is still unsure:
sweet and twenty,
present mirth hath
will not endure.
what’s to come
‘tis not hereafter
in delay kiss me,
youth’s a stuff
What is love? ‘tis not hereafter
Present mirth hath present laughter;
What’s to come is still unsure:
In delay kiss me, sweet and twenty,
Youth’s a stuff will not endure.
But what is love for you?
……keeping her lips busy.
……speaking politely, when you meet her.
……telling her that she is beautiful, even if is worse than Baba-Yaga.
……giving him many beautiful presents.
……helping him with his homework.
……giving him a notebook with a quiz.
And what some famous people think about love.
Love can hope where reason would despair. (Lord Lyttleton)
Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit. (Peter Ustinou)
Love can find a way (Ancient Proverb)
When love and skill work together expect a miracle. (John Ruskin)
5. Oh, you are good poets! But sometimes we can’t just talk about love, we must show it! So, try to pantomime these words to another team so that they can name them.
6. One pair from each team must eat an apple without hands. Who is the quickest, those are the winner.
7. I am so unhappy, my heart is broken. Help me to collect it together.
8. And now we’ll see how good you are at literature and art. You must
match the famous couples. Time —2 minutes.
9. Every student begins by standing on a heart that has been taped to the floor. Start the music and have the students walk around the room. When the music stops they need to stand on a heart or they’re out. Remove one heart after each musical segment.
10. Our last task is to make up as many words as possible using the letters in the words:
“Saint Valentine’s Day.”
And now listen to the results, please.
I think everyone understands what love means for you.
“Love is …” by Greg Sceisa
Love is … a tender feeling,
Love is … a way of being,
Love is … just showing someone you care.
Love is … helping with the dishes
Love is … feeding your pet fishes
Love is … just giving with your heart
Love is …
Love is …
For you and me
Oh! Love is the greatest thing in the world.
We love you! Feel sure that our affection will give you happiness, love and mutual understanding in the future.