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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:

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

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 (this  site will provide a url to the card that can be linked to a student or teacher website):

* A card from Blue Mountain.

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.

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.

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

ESL Holiday Lessons also has tons of info and exercises.

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

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 Across the Curriculum comes from the NY Times Learning Network.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.


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

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

Freaky Ways Animals Woo Mates With Gifts is from Wired.

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.

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

Here’s another one the China paper posted.

Love Lessons is from Edutopia.

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

Four New Animations From StoryCorps For Valentine’s Day

What does ‘I love you’ mean? It depends on where you say it and what language you speak. is from The Washington Post.


Unit of Study for MLK to Valentine’s Day 2021 Edition is from Carol Salvac.

New Valentine’s Day teaching tips and materials page is from TEFLtastic.

Additional suggestions are welcome.

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