Saturday, February 4, 2012

Rio: Carnaval - Carnival

This movie is lovely and the way the director, who is Brazilian, depicts Rio is pretty close to my view. I used this scene to talk about Brazilian's most popular holiday - Carnaval. This post was prepared for Brazilian students, so you may have to adapt it.

I. Work in pairs:

1. Do you like Carnival? Why (not)?

2. What about the rest of your family?

3. In your opinion, where is the best carnival in Brazil? Why?

4. What do you know about Carnival in other countries?

5. What are the best and the worst things about carnival?

II. Do you recognize where the following carnival celebrations take place. Match the places and the pictures.

1. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2. Salvador, Brazil
3. Recife, Brazil
4. Trinidad and Tobago
5. Venice, Italy
6. Croatia
7. Munich, Germany


III. Watch the movie segment from the movie RIO and discuss the following questions:


1. Describe the scene.

2. What are the characteristics of the Carnival in Rio, according to the segment.

3. Have you ever experienced anything similar to the Schools of Samba Parade?

4. Would you like to participate in one?

5. What are the good and bad things about the parade, according to the segment.

6. Describe people's costumes. What's your opinion about them?

7. Have you ever worn costumes for a party? Talk about it.


  1. I love this film> It´s really entertaining. I´ve prepared 2 activities using scenes of the film I´d like to share with you. Is it possible? How can I do it? Your blog is just fantastic. All the activities are very nice and useful. Thanks a lot for sharing. Hugs Gil

  2. Thanks, Maria. Please send them to
    You have to tell me where the scene is in the movie (time) and then I contact you if it is in sync with the blog's philosophy, OK?
    See you and thanks. Looking forward to see what you have come up with the movie.

  3. Thanks for sharing this great content, I really enjoyed the insign you bring to the topic movie , awesome stuff!

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