Giraffe in the Rain

  • Une girafe sous la pluie
  • Pascale Hecquet
  • Belgie, Francie
  • 2007
  • 12 min.
  • titulky
  • 9—14 let
Audio-visual lessons

Lesson objectives

  1. practice grammar and improve understanding of spoken word in a foreign language
  2. understand the reasons for migration and circumstances of the life of immigrants
  3. respect different cultures and traditions

One day giraffe finds out that the local dictator disconnected the water pipes. Right after she revolts against the unfair act, she is expelled from her homeland. But life in the new country, where dogs are the only inhabitants is not so easy. After the never-ending wait in line for her asylum application, the only thing that awaits her in the newly rented room is a suspicious look of her landlady. After the locals refuse to give her a job due to her foreign origin, she starts to become desperate. Only after she meets a friendly local gardener she seems to start seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Her long neck comes in very handy when cutting trees and hedges. The last thing that she is missing to be really happy is an official approval that she can stay in the new country legally. Playful animated piece with several funny moments shows in a poignant way the typical hurdles every refugee must face in a new country.

Recommended age group

9—14 years

Thematic area

Cizojazyčné lekce


Angličtina / English

Teaching materials

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Give the Giraffe a Voice

Activity / B1,B2/60 min.

  • practice speaking in English
  • empathize with the characters in the film
  • create a foreign-language text

East, West, Home is Best

Activity / A2/45 min.

  • think about the problems faced by immigrants
  • learn more about the topic of migration
  • develop their communication skills in English

Animal Names

Activity / A1+,A2 /45 min.

  • practice vocabulary in the following areas: animal names, personal characteristics
  • practice making sentences
  • learn animal names in a foreign language

Differences and Similarities

Activity / B1, B2/90 min.

  • imagine what issues immigrants may face in another culture;
  • look for differences and similarities in cultural values;
  • practice empathy and put themselves in the place of a minority living in a majority culture

Otázky a odpovědi

Informational texts

  • refugees in the Czech republic
  • legislature conserning migration
  • asylum status - what it means

Jak na reflexi emocí po filmové projekci

Informational texts

  • proč je důležité pracovat s emocemi, které film v žácích vyvolal
  • základní metody reflexe: Jedno slovo, I.N.S.E.R.T., Pětilístek

Jak pracovat s audiovizuálními materiály

  • instruktážní film
  • rady a doporučení
  • manuál
  • obecné aktivity

Distance learning

Activity for distance learning

  • practice of vocabulary in the following areas: home, family, animals
  • creating a mind map
  • learning more about the topic of migration

Accompanying and recommended materials

UNHCR Website - The UN Refugee Agency

Website with information about refugees worldwide

The Guardian - Refugees

Articles and current news about refugees

Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic

Web pages with specific information about policies and guidelines on migration, asylum and integration

United Nations Populations Fund

Linking population, poverty and development

International Organization for Migration

Interesting statistical information about migrants worldwide

Multicultural Center Prague

Web pages - hub for information on Czech and EU policies as well as interesting articles

Lesson partners