ByME celebrates its 5th birthday with rap!
On Thursday 10 May, ByME invited CLIL Primary teachers to celebrate its 5th birthday in the Official School of Architects (COAM) in the centre of Madrid. Music, more specifically, rap, was the main focus of the event thanks to the special guest and Master of Ceremonies Jason R. Levine, aka Fluency MC. Originally from the United States, Fluency MC is an English teacher turned rapper, who uses rap as an alternative way of teaching English in Paris where he now lives.
LEARNING THROUGH RAP
During the event, Fluency MC asked teachers to rap the lyrics he had written exclusively for ByME, using content from our new science books for Primary, Learn Together. Everyone got involved and enjoyed rapping the planets and the parts of the body along with the music.
There was a very good turnout at the event which allowed teachers to discover an alternative way to teach, while enjoying themselves with Fluency MCs original raps. The evening also celebrated the winners of the Rap2Win competition. This year we challenged teachers who use ByME to create a rap with their students, using content from their ByME book and the results were fantastic!
The third prize, a tablet, was awarded to María José Ceballos Chacón from Tierrallana school in Huelva. Her 4º ESO class prepared the emotive “The Roaring 20s”, inspired by one of the topics they had studied in social science class. She was accompanied on stage by one of the students turned rappers, Ana María Oñate Cruz, who explained to the audience that they chose this topic for their rap because they felt it was a subject that continues to be very relevant in today’s society.
The second prize, a laptop, was awarded to Nuria Langreo Cerdán from Folch i Torres de Esplugues de Llobregat school for “The Skeleton Rap”. Nuria explained that there was so much interest in the competition that over 50 children volunteered to take part! She added that, in the end, they managed to find a way for everyone that wanted to be involved in the rap to appear in the video.
The first prize, a trip to London for two, was awarded to Gunita Broka and Almudena Blanco from CEC Majal Blanco school in Murcia for the “Healthy Habits Rap”. The animated visuals and the catchy rhythm of the song stuck in everyone’s heads long past the end of the event.
Additionally, each of the schools will receive a special visit from Fluency MC in order to continue feeling inspired to learn through rap!
The event was brought to a close by Marta Martínez (Regional Director Spain & Western Europe de Macmillan Education) and Javier Cendoya (Director General de España de Edelvives). They marked the 5th birthday of ByME by reflecting on “how it all began with a red box” and celebrated the fact that ByME has gone on to become a point of reference for bilingual education in Spain. Before inviting the teachers to celebrate at the drinks reception, Javier concluded: “When we created the alliance between Edelvives and Macmillan, we thought each of us would contribute a part. Five years have passed and I realise that together we bring value, there are no individual parts.”
Happy 5th Birthday ByME!
For more information and to see the winning raps, visit: https://www.bilingualbyme.com/