Celtic Airs. Música y lecturas para una Navidad

Desde Celtic Airs nos informan de esta actividad, que tendrá lugar el viernes 21 de diciembre, a las 19.30, en el museo del Foro de Caesaraugusta:

MÚSICA Y LECTURAS PARA UNA NAVIDAD

Nos gusta preparar el invierno: hace veinte siglos, nuestros antepasados  estarían buscando una pelliza con que cubrir sus hombros, una toga o un  manto más recio. El frío despierta la nostalgia y no hay mejor cosa que  la música y la poesía para acercarnos a lo que añoramos. En las piedras de este museo resuenan aún los cantos de las Saturnalia, esas fiestas  que se celebraban por estas mismas fechas. Al noroeste, los celtas  festejaban el Lá an Dreoilín, bailando y cantando hasta el amanecer.

Nosotros pondremos voz y música fronteriza con que calentar el ánimo  porque ¿sabía que solo la voz despierta conjuros olvidados? Acompáñenos  en este viaje a su propia frontera.

Interpretación musical y lecturas a cargo de Celtic Airs. Los  participantes son Bárbara Arizti, Ana Hornero (Departamento de Filología  Inglesa y Alemana de la Universidad de Zaragoza), Jorge Sanz Barajas,  Carlos Revuelto, Alberto Miranda, Toño Pérez, Clara Lorente y Clara  Mata.

La cita: el día 21 de diciembre, a las 19:30h en el Museo del Foro  Romano (Zaragoza). Entrada libre hasta completar el aforo.

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Christmas 2018- ads and songs for the classroom

However Christmassy you may or may not be, this is a time of the year when lots of audiovisual texts and materials are released, which gives teachers very nice opportunities to use them in class. These are some possible ideas:

John Lewis’ s ad 2018: 

John Lewis released yet again another heart-warming ad, featuring Sir Elton John. The real Elton John opens this backwards look at his career through a series of flashbacks, á la Benjamin Button, and with a string of John’ s look-alikes. The ad comes to a close with Elton John as a child, being given his first ever piano.  The soundtrack to the ad is provided by his hit song “Your Song”.

The slogan (Some gifts are more than just a gift) may be playing with the two meanings of ‘gift’ (present / talent).

As to the meaning of ‘gift’ as ‘present’, Elton John himself donated a piano to St Pancras station in London back in 2016.

Classroom questions and activities:

  • What’s the gift you liked the most? Did it have an impact just at the time of receiving it, or later in life?
  • What are the reasons why people like presents?

Cadbury ad 2018- Secret Santa:

  • What’s the fun in Secret Santa? 
  • What are the reasons why families / friends / colleagues do it? 
  • What strategies can you use to leave your presents / notes and not be noticed? 

Wayfair- Santa caught red-handed (sort of):

  • What would you do if you found Santa / the Three Wise Men in your living room?
  • How can Santa /the Three Wise Men deliver presents to children everywhere in just one night? 

But then, after all this consumerism, some reflection on alternative presents may be in order. This speaker discusses in this clip his DIY take on presents for his family and loved ones:

Transcript here

BBC Christmas 2017:

Ideas for activities and resources here.

Previous years’ ads and resources:

 

Greenpeace-Iceland supermarkets banned Xmas ad

Greenpeace and Iceland supermarkets were banned from showing their joint Christmas 2018 ad on British TV, for being deemed (=considered) ‘political’, and as such, not complying with advertising rules in the UK. Controversy ensued (=followed), with a petition to show it on TV even reaching more than 670,000 signatures. The ad, however, could eventually be shown on social media, attracting millions of views and worldwide support.

You can watch the ad below. The second version features onscreen subtitles.

 

Full text here (p.8)

The text has been written in rhymed poem form. The voice over is by Emma Thompson, in my view one of the best RP (received pronunciation, Standard British English) speaking voices in the English speaking world. Both her accent and intonation provide a great example to be imitated by students of English.

Given both the relevant message and the enchanting prosody of the ad, the following activity could be carried out: before watching the video, just show some screenshots from the ad, like the ones below:

  • Where is the ad set?
  • What is the ad going to be about?

Then, hand out the worksheet below to students. Ask them to guess the missing word(s) in each gap in pairs. That way, their expectations about the message that the ad will be conveying will be activated before actually watching the ad.

You can then play the original ad for students to check their answers against the original text. Which version do they like best?

You can finally ask them to pay attention and try to imitate the stress and rhythm of the poem, as well as the pronunciation of keywords and rhyming words.

Some primary schools in the UK worked alongside Greenpeace and created new versions of the poem of their own:

Sia- Everyday is Christmas

Australian singer-songwriter Sia has released an album called ‘Everyday is Christmas’, with 10 brand new songs about the holiday season. The tone of the songs ranges from festive to the one in Sia’s best-known ballads.

I feel some of the songs in the album could be used in a classroom context, replacing other classics teachers themselves might be tired of using year after year. The videos for three of the songs can also be attractive to young children, as they use claymation.

In any case, here’s a playlist with Christmas-related songs, as well as Sia’s full album:

M5U6- travel- Heathrow airport Xmas ad

You may watch this Christmas ad from Heathrow airport below:

Can you list all the places in the airport / steps in the process of arriving home that these two characters go through?

Xmas ads in the classroom

Here’s a selection of this year’s UK Christmas ads that you may use in the classroom:

Students may write their own letters to Mrs. Claus asking for presents for somebody else, not for themselves. They may also roleplay what happened after the incident with the shoe (how did Anna react when Tiger chew her shoe? What did Jake say?) or after receiving the present.

Good for primary, for example, to list all the animals that appear on the video. Students might also write a short description of how Buster felt from his point of view.

You have some more Xmas ads ideas and resources here:

For ads from previous years, you may visit

Other Christmas resources: