P₆: The custom of sending valentine cards in Europe started in the 1700s. For a long time valentines
were made by hand. Commercial valentine cards were first made in the early 1800s. Kate Greenaway, a
British artist, was one of the leading creators of valentines. Her valentines are known for her drawings
of little children and the varied shades of blues and greens that she favored.
: Now sending valentine cards on 14
of February has become the most popular way of expressing
love, affection and friendship. The ornaments that decorate valentines are symbols of love and
friendship. In the language of symbols, a red or pink heart, pierced with an arrow denotes eternal love.
It’s the most popular symbol of the holiday of love and romance.
: Lace symbolizes a net for catching a lover’s heart. So if you get a valentine with a piece of lace, it
means that a person who has sent it is passionately in love with you. Lace means “You have caught my
heart in a net”.
: Cupid, the Roman god of love, is a symbol of passionate, tender, or playful love. His arrows are
invisible and his targets are our hearts. When his arrow hits your heart, you’ll fall in love with someone.
: One symbol which has slipped into the background is the true love knot. With no beginning and no
end, the love knot consists of graceful loops, sometimes in the form of hearts. It’s not easy to invent a
true love knot of your own.
: A ribbon means that a person is tied up. It says “You are tied up” or “You’re my girl”. A red rose is
the most romantic symbol of love.
: Nowadays people usually send greeting cards with words of love to their sweethearts, friends and
members of their families. They say “Be My Valentine”. They give roses, chocolates and other presents
to them. Boys and girls have valentine parties at school or at home.
: Children decorate their classrooms with bright red paper hearts and celebrate the day with songs,
games, poems and a valentine box. They have tea with cakes, candies and cookies made in heart shapes
and decorated in pink or red.
Учитель-ведущий благодарит учащихся за содержательный и интересный рассказ о Дне Святого
T: Dear boys and girls, thank you very much for your interesting story about the history, traditions and
symbols of St.Valentine’s Day. I think you’ve got to know a lot of interesting information about this
holiday. Let’s have a competition on the subject of this holiday. You are going to have several tasks. Each
team will get a red heart if its answer is right. They will count all their hearts at the end of the
competition. The winner will be the team with the largest number of the red hearts.
The tasks of the competition
Задание связано с символами праздника «День Святого Валентина». Каждая команда получает
карточки – сердечки, на которых написаны определения некоторых символов этого праздника.
T: Each team will be given a paper heart with the definitions of some Valentine’s symbols. Guess what
words are hidden in the following definitions.
- This symbol has no beginning and no end. It consists of graceful loops, sometimes in the form of
hearts. It means true love. (an endless love knot)
- This symbol of a red or pink colour, pierced with an arrow, denotes eternal love. It is the most
popular symbol of the holiday of love and romance. (a heart)
- This symbol means that a person is tied up. It says “You are tied up” or “You are my girl”.
- This Roman god of love with a bow and an arrow is a symbol of passionate, tender or playful
love. When his arrow hits your heart, you’ll fall in love with someone. (Cupid)