Here are a few of my favorites plus an old one I made for a friend:
6 Billion Others
This beautiful video actually inspired one of my students to download and mash-up into a new version for his brother's wedding, adding interviews from the rest of his family on what love means.
Satirical look at marketing practices in 2010 - a good one to show to Business students who you perhaps don't want to do something mushier with.
Valentine's Day, the trailer
Cheese. Pure cheese. Use with teenagers.
A short, sweet and engaging film on modern love.
Plenty of Fish
Um, yea. I made this last year for a friend who got divorced after 15 years of marriage and was my way of cheering her up. It's actually a poem so if you read it aloud, you'll have more fun with it than just watching! :-)
- What is love? (series on The Big Think)
- How to Flirt (How stuff works)
- How to find your soul mate (by Guy Kawasaki - yea, the entrepreneur guru)
- Up in the air (movie trailer)
- The JK Wedding Dance
- Parisan Love, a search story (hat tip Anne Hodgson)
- I don't like flowers (a video activity, Jamie Keddie)
Each video chosen should be significantly poignant that it will generate conversations, dogme 2.0 style, in your lessons so I've not added any questions of my own, however, here are some useful links:
- Ozge's list of tech tools and tips for Valentine's Day
- Lesson Activities for Valentine's Day
- Larry Ferlazzo's Best Sites to learn about Valentine's Day
- Breaking News, Valentine's Day Lesson Plan
- ESL handouts, advanced lesson plan
- Free English Lessons Online
- ESL Handouts (scroll all the way down to download)
- GuardianWeekly: The languages of love
- FoxNews: Beauties and their boy toys
p.s. Did you find or create a material / read or write a blog post for teachers with ideas for Valentine's day? Don't hesitate to add the link below.
p.p.s. Not to be all bah-humbugie (that was Christmas, right) but ya kno' I, personally, despite having gotten married on Valentine's Day myself, think it's all a bit materialistic and plastic. What do you think? In Ecuador, they made the day a celebration of friendship too and I quite liked that! So... dear readers, Happy Valentine's!