Step Right Up!! The Big Brother Circus has Arrived

The UK summer has begun and as always it’s accompanied by the cultural phenomena known as ‘Big Brother’.  The funeral has started as we joyously  say goodbye to Big Brother while trying to avoid the addiction of watching the  Final season.

I have to say that I’m pleased to be far away from the hysteria of Big Brother.  Although I admit to being an avid follower of the show in its early days.  However, over the years it has become a desperate and trashy reality TV show which is responsible for a splurge of similar hideous incarnations.

Ask your students if they know about ‘Big Brother’ and if there is a version shown in their own country.

The History of Big Brother:

The Big Brother TV Show is produced in 42 territories and has been a prime time hit in almost 70 countries. The first Big Brother show broadcast was in the Netherlands in 1999. This mould-breaking series was the UK’s first fully interactive mass TV experience and has been hailed as the ‘godfather of reality shows’.

Click here to view Big Brother worldwide

Here is a cut ‘n’ paste from ‘Wikipedia‘:

Big Brother is a reality television show in which a group of people live together in a large house, isolated from the outside world but continuously watched by television cameras. Each series lasts for around three months, and there are usually fewer than 15 participants. The housemates try to win a cash prize by avoiding periodic evictions from the house.

Activity – Judging a book by its cover:

Below are the pictures of the new contestants and a ‘wordle’ of the jobs they have.  Students have to try to match the job with the contestant.

The contestants

The jobs

Please click on the title below for a worksheet of this activity

Big Brother jobs WORKSHEET

Activity – Judging a book by its cover part 2:

Students form groups.  Each group is given an envelope with the contestants pictures and an envelope with their personalities.  The students race to match the pictures with the personalities.  When they think they are correct they ask the teacher to check.  The teacher will tell them how many correct answers they have.  The group is given time to try to change their choices.

Please click on the title below for the pictures and personalities.  Print copies for each group.Cut out the pictures and personalities and put them in separate envelopes.

Big Brother WORKSHEET 2

Lets watch a BB video clip to see what all the fuss is about:

Please click on the title below for questions about the video clip:

Big Brother Video WORKSHEET

Who would you like to live with in the Big Brother house?

Please click on the title below for Big Brother discussion topics

Big Brother Questions

Extra activity:

Predictions: Create a Big Brother poster with all the contestants.  Ask the students to write their predictions of who will win the competition.  Each week remove the picture of the contestant who is eliminated.

Who am I? – Students write out a paragraph of their own personalities.  The teacher collects each students paragraph.  The teacher randomly reads out one of the paragraphs and the students have to guess which student wrote the paragraph.

Reality TV

The reality tv debate

Is reality TV a waste of time?   Students have a debate about their opinions on reality TV.

Students who think reality TV is a waste of time go to one side of the classroom and the other students go to the other side.  Both sides think about what they can say to support their arguments in a debate.  Each side is given a time limit to present their ideas.

Please click on the title below for a reality TV worksheet:

Reality TV WORKSHEET

I hope you liked the above activities.  If you have any other suggestions then please write a comment below.

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2 Responses to “Step Right Up!! The Big Brother Circus has Arrived”

  1. Hi,
    I discovered your website this evening and am really really impressed. You have obviously put a lot of work into it – thank you so much for sharing it. I have a French student who is over on a language trip to the UK and she is obsessed with Big Brother so I will be trying this out on her tomorrow – thanks again and I will let you know how it goes! (btw – I couldn’t view the big brother video at all – it came back with the error message “this is a private video…”

    • Hey Laura,
      Thank you very much for your message.
      I’m delighted you like the blog.
      I have been really busy moving back to the UK so
      I’ve not been able to share any lessons for awhile now.
      Your message has provided me with motivation to start blogging again.
      Sorry about the BB vid. Unfortunately I did not copy the video and you tube have removed it for some reason.
      I hope you were able to use some of the other ideas.
      Let me know how you got on.
      Best of luck
      Andy

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