Let’s talk about love: 3 ideas for your English class

Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe. Illustration by Arianna Operamolla. ©Helbling Languages

How do you feel about some fun literary challenges around Valentine’s Day? Your students might or might not feel comfortable enough to talk about love, but talking about fictional characters in love stories can be entertaining for teens and young adults.

Here are some activities you can do on Valentine’s Day, or on any other day of the year when you feel your reading class needs some romance.

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1 Literary Love Quiz

Do this quiz to see how well you remember the classics, and you might feel inspired to revisit some of these fictional couples. Use it in your Book Club with well-read readers.

  • Age and level: we recommend this quiz to young adult and adult readers at levels intermediate and upper-intermediate levels.
  • Download the quiz here: Helbling Readers Literary Love Quiz.

2 Young Adult Novels Discussion Sheet

If you are teaching young adults who have reached a comfortable reading level at CEFR B1+ (intermediate) or CEFR B2 (upper-intermediate) levels, talk about their reading experiences and recommend young adult fiction to them. Check out our previous blog post about Young Adult Novels for Valentine’s Day, or visit the Helbling 101 Young Adult Novels website.

3 Book Lists

Have a discussion about your students’ favourite characters, books and films. Here are some topics you can explore and  then write your Top 5 list based on them.

  1. The coolest couples in classic and/or young adult literature.
  2. The most tragic couples in classic and/or young adult literature.
  3. The strangest couples in classic and/or young adult literature.
  4. The best film adaptations of romances (classic and young adult).

Literary Couples

And finally, here are our favourite literary couples from the Helbling Readers Series.

1 Emma Woodhouse and George Knightley in Emma by Jane Austen.
2 Jane Eyre and Edward Rochester in Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.
3 Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë.
4 Daisy Buchanan and Jay Gatsby in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
5 Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe in Anne of Green Gables – Anne Arrives by L. M. Montgomery.

What about you? Do you have a favourite love story? And what are your students favourite romances?

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