Spanish class ideas for Valentine’s Day

Every day is a great day to fill your students with comprehensible input, and Valentine’s Day is no different! There are many ways that you can experience “all the feels” surrounding this holiday with your students using comprehension based activities and strategies to keep the language flowing.

Find adaptable Valentine's Day activities for comprehension based language classes that bring in love, friendship, and...disdain!
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Instead of creating a new Valentine’s Day activity for you to use this year (I am visiting family in NY!), I have done something even better: compiled a list of comprehension based Valentine’s Day activities from around the web!

These activities are pretty Spanish-heavy, but you should be able to adapt at least a few of them if you teach a language other than Spanish.

Note: This list was last updated in February 2019.

WISHING HEARTS

In this activity from Cynthia Hitz–which is a fun twist on Card Talk–students practice the subjunctive by writing notes to their ‘love’ telling them what they want them to do. She used them to make a bulletin board, which is an often-overlooked form of program advocacy through the simple visual reminder that language classes are available and appear to be fun and student-centered.

THE JANITOR STORY

Want to work with Valentine’s Day vocabulary without talking about love and romance? The Janitor Story will allow you to do just that–while sharing a valuable lesson in accountability! Get resources in Spanish here (free) to use this as a MovieTalk on Valentine’s Day or anytime!

#AUTHRES AND MORE

This Pinterest board contains all kinds of V-Day ideas (some that I love, and some that I don’t… but at least they’re there for you to decide for yourselves!) and authentic resources. Follow the board to see new ones that I find around the web!

ERES TÚ

One of the most iconic Spanish love songs of all time, this 1973 Spain entry in the Eurovision song contest is perfect for novices. Use these resources to learn about Eurovision and to dig into a modern version of the song, performed by Morat!

Teach your students about the Eurovision contest and then dig into both the original version of Eres tú and Morat's 2017 version of the classic Spanish love song. Perfect for Valentine's day!
Get this perfect Valentine’s Day song of the week here!

If you prefer the icier side of things, use Amor con hielo – my favorite breakup song!

OCCUPY VALENTINE’S DAY

Bryce Hedstrom shared a brilliant twist on “Eres tú” – a format for writing a “Love stinks!” poem! This is great for all the students that DON’T have a special someone in their lives on this day.

GIRL POWER LOGIC PUZZLE

Along the same lines, affirm to your students that they don’t need romantic love in their life right now and that a woman’s worth doesn’t come from the man she is dating! Get the Girl Power logic puzzle here!

Girl power! These women are on a mission to be the difference, and they don't have time for Valentine's! Empowering logic puzzle for Spanish students.
Click here to get the puzzle!

EL SOLTERO MOVIETALK

Elizabeth Dentlinger put together these activities and shared them on her blog!

POEM SEQUENCE

Find a love poem (or anti-love poem) in your target language and use the activity that Michele Whaley describes at the beginning of this post.

DATING CUSTOMS

Research dating customs in your target culture(s) and share them with your students! For Spanish speaking cultures, check out my complete unit on El cortejo (here), or get just the dating customs overview reading (here), or tell the TPRS story (in Spanish and English here).

Learn about dating customs in Spanish speaking countries with this unit for Spanish students! Perfect for Valentine's day.
Get the Cortejo unit here.

LOVE RECIPE MOVIETALK

In this short film, a husband and wife prepare for a big date. Get accompanying materials in Spanish here and in French here.

ANIMATED VALENTINE’S DAY MOVIETALK

In this post, Michele shares another cute video that could work for a MovieTalk today.Resources from Sharon Birch: There are a LOT.

UNGRATEFUL BOYFRIEND TPRS STORY

Use this TPRS script to ask a story today about an ungrateful boyfriend or girlfriend that is never happy with the gift they are given!

ROMEO [THE FROG] AND JULIET

We featured this TRUE story in El mundo en tus manos, and Maris wrote this complete set of resources for it! No matter what language you teach, students can connect with Romeo’s heartbreaking-to-hopeful tale of love when you tell it to them in your language of instruction!

CELEBRATE FRIENDSHIP!

Forget the romantic love, focus on BROmantic love! This is one of my favorite friendship songs, and I’ve got great resources for you to use it in class right here.

ROMANTIC WORLD RECORDS

Allison Lewis offers a few ideas here on her blog and offers us this fantastic FREE guessing activity!

MOVIETALKS FOR DAYS

Elisabeth Alvarado shares a TON of short films and commercials for MovieTalk (in addition to many other resources) in this Valentine’s Day roundup! (See another resource round up from Allison Wienhold here).

INFOGRAPHS & TOOTHPASTE

See how La maestra loca brings these two things together in her epic Valentine’s Day plans, available here!

LEGENDS

There are SO many classic legends about lovers that you can tell to your students such that they understand. Popo and Ixta, Romeo and Juliet, The Lovers of Teruel…the world is full of tales to be told!

3 thoughts on “Spanish class ideas for Valentine’s Day

  1. Kathy Griffith says:

    Great ideas! Thank you for helping teachers. Proverbs 19:17 says, “Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and He will repay him for his deed.” Lately, as a teacher, I’ve felt “poor,” but generous teachers like you help me. I am truly thankful.

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