Valentine’s Day Conversation Questions for the ESL Classroom

Valentine’s Day, celebrated on February 14th each year, is a holiday dedicated to love and romance.

It is a day when people express their affection and admiration for one another through various gestures such as giving gifts, sending cards, and spending quality time together.

Since love is in the air, and what better way to learn about Valentine’s Day than by igniting engaging conversations in your ESL classroom?



Valentine’s Day Discussion Questions

Here are 50 conversation questions about Valentine’s Day:

  • What is Valentine’s Day?
  • What is the origin of Valentine’s Day?
  • Is Valentine’s Day celebrated in your country?
  • How is Valentine’s Day celebrated in your country?
  • How do children celebrate Valentine’s Day in school?
  • What do you usually do for Valentine’s Day?
  • What do you plan on doing this Valentine’s Day?
  • Do you make any special food for Valentine’s Day?

  • What are common gifts that people give on Valentine’s Day?
  • What is your favorite Valentine’s Day memory?
  • What is your Valentine’s dream?
  • Do you know anyone who got engaged or married on Valentine’s Day?
  • Would you want to get engaged or married on a holiday?
  • Have you ever received a valentine or love letter on Valentine’s Day?
  • What is Valentine’s Day like for singles?
  • Do you think Valentine’s Day makes single people feel lonely?

  • Do you think Valentine’s Day is too commercial?
  • What is your favorite kind of Valentine’s Day chocolate?
  • Do you prefer milk, dark, or white chocolate?
  • Do you like nuts or caramels in your chocolates?
  • Have you ever received a surprise gift on Valentine’s Day?
  • Do you believe in love at first sight?
  • Have you ever written a heartfelt love letter?

  • What are some romantic songs that you associate with Valentine’s Day?
  • Have you ever had a secret admirer on Valentine’s Day?
  • Do you have any Valentine’s Day traditions with your family or friends?
  • How do people express their love in your culture on Valentine’s Day?
  • What are your thoughts on long-distance relationships ?
  • Have you ever received a handmade gift for Valentine’s Day?
  • Have you ever received a bouquet of flowers on Valentine’s Day?

  • What would be your ideal Valentine’s Day date?
  • Are there any romantic movies or books you recommend for Valentine’s Day?
  • Do you believe in soulmates?
  • How do you feel about celebrating Valentine’s Day with friends rather than a romantic partner?
  • Do you think Valentine’s Day is a good day to propose marriage?
  • What’s the best piece of love advice you’ve ever received?
  • Are there any Valentine’s Day traditions you would like to start or try?
  • How do you feel about online dating and meeting potential partners on Valentine’s Day?
  • Do you think love can conquer all obstacles?

Lesson Ideas: Valentine’s Day

Teaching ESL students about Valentine’s Day can be a fun and engaging way to introduce them to a cultural celebration while also practicing their English language skills.

Here are some teaching ideas to get you started:

  1. Vocabulary Building:
    • Begin with basic vocabulary related to Valentine’s Day. Create flashcards or word walls with words like “heart,” “love,” “cupid,” “roses,” “chocolate,” “card,” “gift,” and “romance.” Teach pronunciation and provide simple definitions.
  2. Valentine’s Day History:
    • Explain the history and origins of Valentine’s Day in a simplified manner. You can use visuals, videos, or short readings to engage the students. Encourage them to ask questions and discuss the significance of the holiday.
  3. Valentine’s Day Customs and Traditions:
    • Discuss common customs and traditions associated with Valentine’s Day, such as sending cards, giving gifts, and expressing affection. Encourage students to share if similar celebrations exist in their own cultures.
  4. Reading Comprehension:
    • Provide short passages or articles about Valentine’s Day for different reading levels. After reading, ask comprehension questions to check their understanding and promote discussion.
  5. Writing Activities:
    • Have students write Valentine’s Day cards or letters to someone special, either real or fictional. This activity can help them practice expressing emotions and using appropriate vocabulary.
  6. Conversation Practice:
    • Organize role-playing activities where students simulate conversations related to Valentine’s Day, such as planning a romantic date or giving and receiving gifts. This helps improve their speaking and listening skills
  7. Creative Projects:
    • Assign creative projects like making handmade Valentine’s Day cards, crafting heart-shaped decorations, or writing love poems. These activities allow students to express themselves while practicing English.
  8. Valentine’s Day Songs and Videos:
    • Play Valentine’s Day-themed songs or videos with lyrics. Encourage students to listen, sing along, and discuss the lyrics. This helps with pronunciation and comprehension.
  9. Valentine’s Day Games:
    • Create fun, interactive games like Valentine’s Day bingo, word searches, or crossword puzzles using vocabulary related to the holiday. Games can be a great way to reinforce learning in an enjoyable way.
  10. Cultural Exchange:
    • If possible, invite native speakers or individuals from different cultures to share their Valentine’s Day traditions and experiences with the class. This can be a valuable cultural exchange opportunity.
  11. Valentine’s Day Storytelling:
    • Have students create and share their own short stories or anecdotes related to love and friendship. This encourages creativity and language expression.

Manuel Campos, English Professor

Manuel Campos

I am Jose Manuel, English professor and creator of EnglishPost.org, a blog whose mission is to share lessons for those who want to learn and improve their English