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BBC Close Up videos

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:

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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Comments on: "BBC Close Up videos" (3)

  1. Lovely resource, Sandy. Will dogme it this afternoon and report back.

  2. I’m back!

    With 3 lower-int adults, they chose one (Aussie pokies) & we watched. Found it very hard & a bit demoralising. Watched once more while I wrote up a few key expressions in IPA. Got them to pronounce (I kept mum, Silent Way-style.) To my surprise, they pronounced very well – I transcribe a few words every lesson. Complimented them and they cheered up. Watched a final time trying to spot the phrases, which they did rather well.

    Turns out one of them will be hosting an Aussie girl soon as part of her daughters’ school exchange! Got onto chatting about gambling revenue, then about Australia in general. Though not all that tidy, it went fine. Will just have to revise lexis next week.

    Thanks again.

  3. Really like these videos Sandy! I would also give them the choice of which one they wanted to watch. I like the idea of spotting certain phrases, especially for lower levels. Perhaps they could write down the order in which they hear the phrases. I would probably use these videos as a springboard for discussion, but ask the students to write their own questions after they’ve watched it a couple of times to start things off. The students might like to roleplay interviews as a response – in pairs or groups, where some are interviewers and the others are the locals. They could even video themselves then watch it back and do some self-correction. Looking forward to trying it out!

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