The Bristol Bike Project

  • The Bristol Bike Project
  • Alistair Oldham
  • Velká Británie
  • 2009
  • 18 min.
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 let 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. 

Recommended age group

12—21 years

Thematic area

Cizojazyčné lekce

Theme

Angličtina / English

Teaching materials

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The Bristol Bike Project for ESL teaching

Activity / 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 / 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 / 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 / 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

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

Accompanying and recommended materials

Bristol Bike Project

BBP website

Kola pro Afriku

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

Bristol Bike Project is still running

Video showing BBP today

Encyclopedia of migration

Educational project created by Charles University and other European universities

International Organization for Migration

Website of Organization for Migration

INEX

Website of an agency helping people to go volunteering all around the world

Lesson partners