The BBC have produced a series of short videos, each of less than 5 minutes, showcasing unsual aspects of cultures from around the world. They are called Close Up and are described like this:
This BBC News series focuses on aspects of life in countries and cities around the world. What may seem ordinary and familiar to the people who live there can be surprising to those who do not.
Some of the topics covered so far include:
- Brazil’s pay-what-you-weigh restaurants
- Taiwan’s musical garbage trucks
- Catalonia’s human towers
- Austria’s teenage ballroom dancers
- Australia’s love for the ‘pokies’
- Britain’s shipping forecast
- New York’s hanging sneakers
- Azerbaijan’s oil baths
What would you do with these videos in your classroom? You can make any assumptions you like about the context they are used in. Post your ideas in the comments below. All ideas are welcome (there are no wrong answers!)
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