Bonfire Night All around the world, festive days like New Year’s Eve are celebrated with fireworks. But here in Britain, there is one night that is very special. It’s November the fifth, Bonfire Night, and I’m wrapped up warm for some autumn fun. Tonight’s the night for lighting bonfires and setting off fireworks. Bonfire Night parties take place in towns and cities across Britain. Joe: Steve, what’s the plan for tonight’s celebrations? Steve: OK, tonight actually kicks off at 6pm in the city centre by our Guild Hall. Joe: It sounds like a hectic night. Steve: On the night itself, we have a hundred and eighty volunteers and many, many other people to help us out. Joe: And be honest, is this about history or is it just an excuse to have fun? Steve: Bonfire Night is about history. So how did this all start? Leon’s probably got the best job in the world. Joe: Leon, talk me through the sort of display you’re going to put on. Leon: There’s about four thousand fireworks which all create different effects.
Valentine's Day Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the UK on February 14th. It is a celebration of love between husbands and wives, boyfriends and girlfriends and sometimes just friends together! We celebrate Valentine’s Day in a variety of ways, and it is often celebrated by people whether they have a boyfriend or girlfriend, or not! Here are some of the ways in which we celebrate Valentine’s Day in England. Cards Many people send and receive cards from their loved ones. Poems Often, you can find love poems written inside a Valentine’s card. you can buy cards with a poem already written inside, or some people make them up to describe the special love between them and their partner. by William Shakespeare, sonnet 18 In this poem, Shakespeare talks about how the woman he loves is more beautiful than a summer’s day - she is too lovely to use this metaphor. Even from a young age, children write poems for Valentine’s Day. Presents As well as cards, people often send and receive gifts from their loved ones.
6 Surprising Facts About St. Valentine Elizabeth Hanes A man named Valentinus was martyred on February 14 late in the third century A.D.—this much we know. But when it comes to details about the life of St. St. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. The Idiom Connection Love and Relationship Idioms Idiom Of The Day on Facebook - to ask someone to marry you After dating his girlfriend for several years, the man finally asked for her hand in marriage. - to feel a physical or emotional attraction to someone, to be interested in someone in a romantic way I was attracted to the woman at the party from the moment that I first met her. - a date where the two people have never met before I went on a blind date in university but it was not successful. - to cause someone emotional pain, to make someone feel very sad or disappointed The man broke the woman's heart when he told her that he did not love her. - to end a relationship with someone The couple broke up after dating for more than three years. - to be very much in love with someone, to be very enthusiastic about something The girl is crazy about the boy in her university class. - to go on a date with someone, to have a date with someone My sister has been dating her boyfriend for two years. - to get married
Valentine's Day February 14th is traditionally a celebration of love, so how do people in the UK mark the occasion? Cards Sending a Valentine's card to a loved one is a custom that started more than a century ago. Couples give cards to each other, but it is also traditional to send an anonymous card to anyone you secretly love. Poems The card might also feature a poem. Roses are red, violets are blue, Honey is sweet, and so are you. There are some ironic variations on this poem such as: Roses are red, violets are blue, You look like a monkey and smell like one too! Mobile love Millions of people use digital means of creating and sending Valentine's Day greeting messages such as e-cards, or printable greeting cards. WUBMV - will you be my Valentine xoxoxoxoxo - hugs and kisses LUWAM<3 - love you with all my heart ImRdy4Luv - I'm ready for love :'-) - I'm so happy, I'm crying ILUVU - I love you Flowers and chocolates As well as cards, February 14th is also a day for giving gifts. Unusual gifts Love it!
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Holidays & Celebrations Valentine by Carol Ann Duffy – a lesson It’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow, and although I don’t normally do anything for it, I thought that this year I would take the opportunity to share one of my favourite poems with my students. Here’s the plan in case you want to do it too. Ask your students what day it is, and whether anything special happens on this day in their country. What kind of gifts do people normally give for Valentine’s Day? Give each group the word cloud. Show them an onion. Ask the students to close their eyes and put their heads on the desk (but try not to fall asleep!). Ask them to discuss how similar the poem was to their ideas. You can then do some pronunciation/speaking work. They talk about why you pause in those places – it’s because of line/stanza breaks, and also phrases within the lines. They can chose whether to read Valentine, or an anti-Valentine poem. In groups with other students who have chosen the same poem, they practise reading it. Happy Valentine’s Day! Like this: Like Loading... Related
Valentine's Day Worksheets and Activities Lanternfish is adding several new Valentine's Day worksheets this year. Just click on the worksheet below. It may take a while to open as most of the files are MS Word documents. Happy Valentine's Day! Word Scramble: Students try to find as many words as the can using the letters from HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY. Happy Valentine's Day Valentine's Day Crosswords Two crosswords to review Valentine's Day vocabulary. Valentine's Crossword 1 Valentine's Crossword 2 Word Search Find eighteen Valentine's Day words in this word search: Saint Valentine's Day Word Search Valentine's Day Rhymes Simple riddles students solve by finding the rhyme. Valentine's Day Rhymes Monster Valentine's Day Cards: Students write Valentine's Day cards to each other: Monster Valentine1 Monster Valentine 2 Monster Valentine 3 Monster Valentine 4 Broken Hearts: Mend the Broken hearts by unscrambling the words. Broken Hearts Relationships (Adult Classes): Relationships Crosswords 1 Relationships Crosswords 2
Black Friday - Mary Glasgow Magazines Thanksgiving is a holiday in America. Every year it’s on the last Thursday in November. People visit their families, eat a special dinner, and think about what they are thankful for. On Black Friday, a lot of things in the shops are very cheap. Big crowds wait for the shops to open, and run in to find items. This year, Black Friday has come to Britain! Do you have Black Friday in your country? What do you think about it? When do you start to buy Christmas presents? Talk2Me English : My Valentine - A fun lesson for Valentine's day I discovered the song 'My Valentine' by Paul McCartney this week and thought it would be perfect for a Valentine's day lesson. The song is so romantic ♥ My lesson ended up being rather funny and very lively, I hope your students will enjoy it as much as mine did :-) Level: IntermediateLesson activities: Talking about Valentine's day, using sign language to learn vocabulary, listening practice and fill the blanks exercise. Warm up questions: 1. What do you know about Valentine's day?2. Task 1Tell students that you are going to show them a You Tube video of a song by Paul McCartney called 'My Valentine'. Task 4Hand out the 'fill the gaps' exercise, play the song again from the beginning and get the students to complete the missing words. Task 5 - DiscussionDiscuss what the general meaning of the song is. Quick quiz - Look at the lyrics and:1. Happy Valentine's day ♥
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