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Check out my New York Times post on Valentine’s Day lessons for English Language Learners!

And here’s my second NY Times student interactive on the holiday!

Valentine’s Day is approaching, so I thought another “The Best…” list might be in order.

So here are my choices for The Best Sites To Learn About Valentine’s Day (that are accessible to English Language Learners, of course). They’re not in any order of preference, though:

MES Games has a nice activity to develop Valentine’s Day vocabulary.

Valentine’s Day Around The World is the title of several listening exercises from ELLO.

Make A Valentine with Starfall.

Check-out the History Channel’s Valentine’s Day site.

Here’s a cloze (gap-fill) on the history of Valentine’s Day from Isabel Perez.

Here’s another cloze from Learn English Feel Good.

Here are two crossword puzzles for English Language Learners about the holiday.

EL Civics has a good Valentine’s Day Lesson for ESL Students.

Take a Valentine’s Day quiz.

Lanternfish has a number Valentine’s Day handouts.

Students can send several different types of Valentine’s Day eCards (all three of these sites will provide a url to the card that can be linked to a student or teacher website):

* A virtual Valentine’s Day cake

* A card from Blue Mountain.

MSNBC also has an article on “business” of Valentine’s Day. Again, the language would be challenging, but the topic could be engaging.

Reader Linda Denker suggested a good free “talking story” from Mighty Book called Punny Valentine. As Linda points out, it’s particularly cute because of its use of old Valentines Day cards.  The only caveat, however, is that all the puns in the story might make it quite difficult for English Language Learners.

Watch this video about Valentine’s Day gifts you can buy for your dog.

Love Ever After is a slideshow from TIME Magazine where couples who have been married fifty years share their secrets for making love last.

Love Around The World is a great slideshow from MSNBC showing examples of…love around the world.

The Wall Street Journal has a video news report about a lonely penguin in the London Zoo — the only one without a partner — and all the Valentine’s Day cards she is receiving.

MSNBC has an online video on Hindu protests in India against Valentine’s Day.

CBBC Newsround has a very accessible description and history of Valentine’s Day.

St. Valentine’s Day is a series of interactive exercises for English Language Learners.

My Valentine’s Day Minibook is a nice downloadable resource from Frenchfrog’s Little English Pond.

Saint Valentine’s Day is a truly exceptional interactive book for English Language Learners. It’s another wonderful resource created by Frenchfrog’s Little English Pond.

Breaking News English has several St. Valentine’s Day activities.

ESL Holiday Lessons also has tons of info and exercises.

How Valentine’s Day Helps the Economy shares some interesting information.

Valentine’s Day: send a miniature card via the World’s Smallest Postal Service is a neat slideshow from The Telegraph.

Valentine’s Day Across the Curriculum is from The New York Times Learning Network and has a lot of good lesson ideas.

Here’s a slideshow from TIME called Valentine’s Day Comes To First Grade.

Watch a video about a Minnesota farmer who made a half-mile wide heart for his wife — he used manure to create it.

Infographic: The Valentine’s Day Gift Economy

The Magpie Moments blog has a very nice downloadable activity for English Language Learners. In addition, Anna describes the process she used to produce it, which she adapted from Jason Renshaw.

Here’s Valentine’s Day hand-out Jason Renshaw has made.

ESOL Courses has a fantastic set of activities.

Valentine’s Day around the world in pictures is a slideshow from The Telegraph.

Top Ten Memorable Kisses is a slideshow from TIME Magazine.

Valentine’s Day Across the Curriculum comes from the NY Times Learning Network.

The Facts of Love is an interesting infographic.

The LA Times has tons of Valentine’s Day photos.

The Atlantic has a great series of pictures.

A Scandalous, Victorian Valentine’s Day comes from NPR.

Valentine’s Day 2012 Spending, By the Numbers is from TIME.

Here are two CNN videos:

You can’t miss this Valentine’s Medley:

Uzbekistan ‘cancels Valentines Day’ is from the BBC.

Valentine’s Day from days gone by – in pictures is from The Guardian.

Valentine’s Day ‘wedding’ for ram and deer at China zoo is from The BBC.

Red teddy bears, heart-shaped purses, nighties: Baghdad embraces Valentine’s Day is from MSNBC.

Valentine’s Day kisses continue odd human tradition is also from MSNBC.

Here’s a Google Doodle for Valentine’s Day:

Valentine’s Day 2012 is a photo gallery from The Atlantic.

Five Countries Where Valentine’s Day Is Banned is from Foreign Policy.

Valentine’s Day, love and money is from The Los Angeles Times.

This video says “I Love You” in 100 languages:

Animal love: Valentine’s day lovebirds in displays of affection is from The Telegraph.

The Dark Origins Of Valentine’s Day is from NPR.

Here are three new infographics. The first one, results from a supposed survey of ELLs, I think has questionable statistics, but provides a great opportunity for an ELL class discussion about the results:


From Visually.


From Visually.

The Best Valentine’s Card Verses

From Visually.

Valentine’s Day – Hitting The Sweet Spots is from the ASIDE blog.

Last Minute Love Lessons is from Online TEFL Training.

Valentine’s Day – Resources for class is from David’s ESOL Blog.

Valentine’s Day: A History of the Day of Love is from Voices Of America’s Learning English, and includes a number of resources.

Heads Up English has a good Valentine’s Day exercise.

Why do we celebrate Valentine’s Day? is from EFL Smart Blog.

Good Relationships: Most Repeated Advice Across 25 Relationship Guides
is a great infographic.

Valentine’s Day is an interactive from Learn English Teens at the British Council.

L.O.V.E. – activity/lesson plan is for English Language Learners.

Odd ways to mark Valentine’s Day around the world – in pictures is from The Guardian.

My Valentine – A fun lesson for Valentine’s day is from Talk2Me English.

Why do we celebrate Valentine’s Day? is from EFL Smart Blog.

Valentine’s Day’s Biggest International Haters is from The Atlantic.

Everything you ever wanted to know about love, in 25 maps and charts is from The Washington Post.

Valentine’s Day Lesson Idea/plan + materials is from Lizzie Pinard.

25 Valentine’s Day lesson ideas with less cheese is from English Teaching Professional.

Language of Love

From Visually.


How to teach … Valentine’s Day is from The Guardian.

The Washington Post has published two graphics: Love is in the mind, not in the heart How Deep Is Your Love?

Hundreds of couples leave ‘love locks’ across London ahead of Valentine’s Day is an article from The Telegraph. Again, thanks to Michelle Henry.

In Pictures: Valentine’s Day in nature comes from The BBC.

From lonely hearts to electronic dating is an interactive history of matchmaking — from the BBC.

Freaky Ways Animals Woo Mates With Gifts is from Wired.

Hearts in Nature (PHOTOS) is from The Weather Channel.

Valentine’s Day 2013 is a photo gallery from The Atlantic.

I Love You in 130 Languages is an infographic.

Here’s how much people in your state spend on Valentine’s Day gifts is from Vox.

What America Eats on Valentine’s Day is from Eater.

Your Valentine Is More Interested In Dinner And A Card Than Anything Else
is from Five Thirty Eight.

A Series of Untranslatable Words About Love from Andrew Norton on Vimeo.

See the Valentine’s Day Cards That Changed How Americans Express Their Love is from TIME.

The Words Men and Women Use When They Write About Love is a cool interactive from The NY Times.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the musical language of love is an interactive from The South China Morning Post. Here’s another one they posted.

Love Lessons is from Edutopia.

Valentine’s Day Traditions Around the World is from Voice of America.

Additional suggestions are welcome.

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