Red Nose Day in the classroom

Comic relief is a British charity created in 1985 by British comedians. Their aim is to raise money for people in need, both in the UK and abroad, through entertainment and comedy.

Every two years, they hold a big event which takes place nationwide: Red Nose Day (RND). Apart from a big telethon on BBC, and a series of shows, the whole country is invited to take part, by doing something funny for money, either at home, school, or at work. These may include wearing a red nose (hence the name), or simply coming up with something silly / funny that you wouldn’t normally do, and then get sponsored for doing so.

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Click on the image to watch Mr. Bean’s Red Nose Day. It’s one of the earliest sketches to have been written for the event. It gives you an idea of what RND is all about.

Over the years, such comedians as Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean), Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie (House M.D.), or Ricky Gervais (The Office), among many others, have contributed to the shows. In 2019 Red Nose Day will be on Friday, March 15th.

A very special feature has been prepared for RND 2019: to mark the 25th anniversary of the release of Four Weddings and a Funeral, the cast have reunited to show what the characters’ lives are like 25 years later.

Would you like some ideas to celebrate Red Nose Day in your school? Here are some fundraising (fun) ideas:

Wear something:

  1. Get sponsored to wear a fancy dress for 24 hours.
  2. Get sponsored to wear your PJs (pyjamas) all day at work or in school.
  3. Hold a fashion show and sell tickets for the big event.

Eat something:

  1. Get sponsored to eat nothing but red food for a whole 24 hours.
  2. Get sponsored to give up chocolate, biscuits or crisps.
  3. Hold a bake-off and ask for donations to taste your cakes or biscuits.

Stage something:

  1. Get all your friends together for a quiz night where everyone pays to play.
  2. Hold a talent show and sell tickets to watch all the acts.
  3. Have a karaoke night and get friends to chip in a donation to be allowed to sing.

Hair-do something:

  1. Get colleagues or classmates to sponsor you to wear a red wig for 24 hours.
  2. Give your friends a hairstyle makeover and charge a donation for your stylistic services.
  3. Get sponsored to have a hairstyle like Marge Simpson’s.

Dare something

  1. Get sponsored to be handcuffed to a friend or work colleague for 24 hours.
  2. Do a sponsored silence – a quiet classic.
  3. Can’t live without your laptop or smartphone? Get sponsored to ditch little luxuries for a week.
  4. Get active – get sponsored to walk to work for a week or give the lift the heave-ho and take the stairs.

Ideas from the Comic Relief website:

Pinterest board with ideas

Many of the materials (packs) they produce can be used in the classroom, either in isolation, as a part of a unit about RND, or to raise awareness about social issues and poverty…

If you’d like to see how it works:

(to download the video and English subtitles, you may use http://keepvid.com/, for example. Copy the youtube link, and then download both the video file and the .srt file. Then, if you give the same name to both the video and the subtitle file, and you play the video with VLC player, the subtitles will play automatically, and you won’t depend on -sometimes unreliable-internet connections).

Sometimes, artists record covers of oldies especially for the occasion, as One Direction did some years ago:

One Direction: One Way or Another (Comic Relief 2013)

(if you use Musixmatch you will get the subtitles for the song)

If you’d like to see how some schools in the UK have participated, you may have a look at, for example, Buxton School in Leytonstone, London.

Pupils of Buxton School in Leytonstone dress in red for Red Nose Day

Buxton

More examples of RND in schools across the UK:

Alternatively, you may also have a look at the official RND / Comic Relief twitter accounts

More on RND- possible reading comprehension exercises:

How could you use Red Nose Day in your classroom / in your school? Would you wear your red nose for school? 

(Updated 8th March 2019)

Calendario de celebraciones y días especiales

Hace tiempo recopilé en un calendario de Google distintas fechas de celebraciones de países de habla inglesa y francesa, así como de días internacionales sobre distintos temas. El objetivo era poder mostrar de una manera visual estos eventos que pueden ser una excusa para trabajar aspectos culturales y de valores en el aula. De este modo, se pueden planificar proyectos y actividades con cierta antelación.

He actualizado las fechas para el año 2019 de este calendario. Además de en esta entrada, podéis acceder al calendario en el menú superior del blog (cultura y lenguas extranjeras>calendario celebraciones).

 

Bonfire Night- Listening comprehension (C1)

To practise your listening comprehension, you can listen to this clip about a British man’s childhood memories about Bonfire Night:

Then, answer the questions on this self-grading google form:

  • Link to the google form here (opens in new tab).
  • You can read the transcript here

Guy Fawkes Night / Bonfire Night

On November 5th, “Guy Fawkes night”, also called “Bonfire Night” is celebrated across the UK. Would you like to know what it is? Watch this video to learn about the origins of the celebration.

ASSIGNMENT (1BC-1E): Remember you have to go to Edmodo. Watch the video about Bonfire Night that you will find there, and answer the questions to it. You need to answer the questions by Sunday 6th November.

EXTRA RESOURCES:

There is a poem traditionally used on Guy Fawkes day, which appears in the film V for Vendetta. You may watch it below (click CC the second time you watch for subtitles):

Kids may carry a “guy” around (a dummy they’ve made), asking passers-by for money, saying “penny for the guy?”. You may see it if you watch this clip from a British TV show:

People in the UK get together to see the bonfires burn. There are fireworks, and they may light sparklers. They eat, among other things, bangers (=sausages). You may see all of this quickly in this supermarket ad (click CC the second time you watch for subtitles):

 Last year, we even had our very own Guy Fawkes at school:

What is Diwali?

This week we’ve been celebrating Diwali at school. Would you like to know a bit more about it? Watch this video in which British Indian teenage girls explain what Diwali is about.

World Teachers’ Day- Goofy teacher

You may watch the video again, this time with subtitles in English. (Click on the lower-right corner, where it says “CC”)

 

You may check your answers to the exercise here

Ideas para Halloween

A pesar de que cada vez es más popular en España y en las aulas, he de confesar que Halloween no es una de las celebraciones anglosajonas que más me gusten, probablemente porque soy una aburrida. Como ya he comentado en otras ocasiones, a mí me gusta más trabajar Bonfire Night. Pero reconozco que a ciertos niveles, y a ciertas edades, a los alumnos les hace ilusión hacer algo en el aula relacionado con Halloween.

Fotografía propia, tomada en el IES Miguel de Molinos, Octubre 2013

Fotografía propia, tomada en el IES Miguel de Molinos, Octubre 2013

Además de los recursos que menciono en esta entrada del blog de hace un tiempo, y los del Times Educational Supplement, comparto con vosotros los que me amablemente me ha enviado Sara G.:

También podéis echar un vistazo a los recursos en pinterest que ha recopilado Pitxu García, asesor del CEFIRE de Elda: http://paleeldaclil.blogspot.com.es/2015/10/halloween-teaching-ideas-on-pinterest.html?spref=tw

Fuente: Twitter- Time Out London

Fuente: Twitter- Time Out London

Para alumnos mayores, con los que ya no tengan sentido las calabazas, los disfraces, las sopas de letras…igual se puede usar el video clip de “Thriller”, de Michael Jackson (1982). Realmente, si no tenéis alumnos muy aprensivos / miedosos, puede ser interesante usarlo como recurso didáctico: desde el punto de vista lingüístico, porque aparece mucho vocabulario relacionado con el miedo, las criaturas, muy Halloween-related; pero también desde un enfoque más cultural. No es un video clip muy agradable de ver a priori, pero aporta un valor artístico añadido. Combina el género y convenciones del video musical con las del cortometraje, haciendo un homenaje a las películas de serie B de los años 50. De hecho, en la parte central del video se oye la voz en off de Vincent Price, quien también aparece mencionado en el cartel anunciador de la película que supuestamente están viendo Michael y la chica. Fue dirigido por John Landis, que había estrenado el año anterior An American Werewolf in London.

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“Thriller” fue el primer video estrenado a nivel mundial por la MTV, y ha ganado con el paso de los años la consideración de video clip “de culto”. Quizá sería adecuado para alumnos a partir de 4º ESO, escuelas oficiales de idiomas, centros de adultos…Tengo mis dudas sobre la conveniencia o no de usarlo, pero como me ocurre con toda la celebración de Halloween.

Si queréis verlo completo, subtitulado en inglés, podéis hacer click en el fotograma.

Click en la imagen para ver video subtitulado en inglés

Click en la imagen para ver video subtitulado en inglés

En la web tuneintoenglish.com proponen actividades para explotarlo. Pero, realmente, el video clip puede resultar muy largo (13 mins). Quizá se puede usar solo el estribillo (9 mins. 40 s-10 mins 34 s), y darles el enlace para que vean el resto después de clase. O, en una línea más flipped classroom, se les puede pasar el video con preguntas para que lo vean antes de la actividad de aula.