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Step Right Up!! The Big Brother Circus has Arrived

Posted in ESL, TV, you tube with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 16, 2010 by EslImaginarium

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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Working this F*$#!ing job

Posted in ESL, Music, Uncategorized, you tube with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 21, 2010 by EslImaginarium

*Warning NSFC-Controversy in the classroom*


Show this clip at the students discretion only.  Advise the students that the following clip is a little controversial and that if they are of a sensitive disposition then maybe it’s best that they do not watch the clip. This clip contains risky language and some scenes of violence.  You could easily edit it so that the words are deleted from the video.

Watch the music video:

Drive by truckers – Working this job

Controversy issues:


Start a discussion about censorship in videos.  Ask the following questions.

1. Why do you think they use the “f-Word” ?

2. What do you think about the use of violence in this clip?

3. What impact did the violence and language have on you?

4. Is it really necessary to include the violence and f-word?

5.  Does it relate to the song and video?   Why?

6.  Is this clip being controversial just to provoke people, which will in turn generate more sales through the media exposure?

Lights, Camera, Action

Students choose from 3 scenes in the clip.  They write a dialogue for the scene and then act it out.

(0.43) Scene outside ‘burger world’.  Dialogue between the  boss of ‘burger world’ and the protagonist.

(2.05) Scene with the man robbing the store. Dialogue between the store clerk and the protagonist.

(3.25) Scene with the police confrontation.  Dialogue between the policeman and the protagonist.

Lyrics – What lyrics do you hear?

Students listen to the clip a few times and write down as many lyrics as they can.

The students compare the lyrics they have written with the other students.

Story time


The students use the lyrics to help them write a story about the clip.

Ask some questions for them to think about.

Why did the man do this?

What were his responsibilities?

“What makes it all worthwhile?”

“Can a family live on fast food wages?”

Game–  In groups students try to write down as many jobs as they can in a set time limit (5mins).

Each group reads out the jobs they have written and if the other groups have the same word then they score it out.  The groups only get points if they have a different word from the other groups.  Subtract points for wrong spelling.

Word magnet-(My first attempt)

Please click here to watch Russell Stannard’s training video about word magnets.

If students have computers in your class room then this application is really good.  If they don’t then use sheets of paper.

Students have to write down as many job words as they can and then separate them into what they consider to be worthwhile jobs and  not worthwhile.

Let’s debate about jobs


When they have divided the jobs into categories the students have a debate about their opinions and why they consider some jobs more worthwhile than others.

Call out a job and have the students who think it is worthwhile 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.

Some final words

Students have to think about and then discuss what they think is important in life and what responsibilities they have.