The Bristol Bike Project

  • Na kole za svobodou
  • Alistair Oldham
  • Velká Británie
  • 2009
  • 18 min.
  • titulky
  • 12—18 let
Audio-visual lessons

Lesson objectives

  1. To demonstrate that if we want to change something, we should first start with ourselves
  2. To demonstrate that one small action can yield big results
  3. To make students discover their own mindset towards migration

There are as many as 400 asylum seekers currently living in Bristol. They each get just 35 pounds a week from the government, which is only just enough for them to buy a cheap meal. They cannot use city transport, as it is too expensive for them, which means they generally get around on foot. But since 2008 this is no longer the case, thanks to the group of enthusiastic people that launched a unique project: They pick up old bikes and overhaul them with the help of local refugees. These refugees, who are not allowed to be officially employed due to their migration status, are then given something extra special as a reward for their time spent doing something useful: their very own bike to help them get around town. 


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 Tato lekce je k dispozici i v české verzi.

Recommended age group

12—18 years

Thematic area

Výuka jazyků


Výuka angličtiny / English

Teaching materials

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Life stories of migrants

Activity / B1+ / 90 min

Students will:

  • revise vocabulary related to migration and bikes
  • listen for specific and general information
  • consider immigration with empathy

Small steps can make a big difference

Activity / B1+ / 90 min

Students will:

  • practise making conditional sentences
  • practise speaking and listening in a small group activity
  • recognize and understand the consequences of their actions

Famous emigrants

Activity / B1+ / 90 min

Students will:

  • practise vocabulary of feelings and emotions
  • talk about past events in our history
  • think about situations leading to migration and revise names of some famous emigrants

Open letter writing

Activity / B1+ / 90 min

Students will:

  • structure and write a formal letter
  • practise working with a written text and improve their reading skills
  • realise their impact on society

Questions and Answers

Informational texts

  • migration and refugees 
  • consequences of migration
  • economic situation in the Czech Republic

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Informational texts

  • Why is it important to reflect on emotions?
  • Basic methods of reflection
  • From reflection to discussion

Jak pracovat s audiovizuálními materiály

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

Teaching with documentaries: Methodological handbook

Handbook containing a collection of comprehensive activities designed for teaching with documentaries, along with the OWIS theoretical framework for English lessons.

English activities for teaching with documentaries

Informational texts

A set of activities generally applicable to working with film in English classes

Accompanying and recommended materials

Kola pro Afriku

Website (in Czech) of a project focusing on donating bikes to children in Africa

Encyclopedia of migration

Educational project created by Charles University and other European universities

International Organization for Migration

Website of Organization for Migration


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