During the Carnival season in Greece, we do our best to come up with entertaining activities which are also informative and well-worthy of the classroom time spent on them. This year our advanced learners had a great time in the projection room, enjoying the following videos of Carnival traditions around the world they were very surprised to hear about.
⇢ Celebrating Mardi Gras in New Orleans | National Geographic
⇢ Notting Hill Carnival gets under way
⇢ Carnival Venice Video: Luxury, History and Traditions of Venice Carnival
Before watching, all participants were divided into teams. Each team had a bell in front of them which would serve as a buzzer later on before providing an answer.
While watching, everyone kept notes or were allowed to ask various questions, also offering their opinion on each tradition by exchanging comments on the videos. They were glad to learn cultural information about America and England, which may as well be included in the listening or reading sections of the language exams they are all sitting at the end of the school year.
After watching, the teams were asked 12 comprehension questions, 4 for each video. The team which rang the bell first and answered the question correctly got one point. As usual, the team with the most points wins! In our game, one of the E' Class groups was the ultimate winner and happily got the eatable prize, as promised.
More classroom activities about the Notting Hill Carnival and Mardi Gras in New Orleans can be found on: www.esolcourses.com/topics/carnivals.html
Feel free to take a look at Carnival photos of the celebrations in our school.