Презентация "Contemporary British language & culture"


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  • Contemporary British language & culture
  • Part 1

  • Your cultural world
  • Spend five minutes thinking about the topics below.
  • A film that made a big impression on you
  • The music that means the most you
  • The last great book you read
  • The last exhibition you went to
  • Do you watch or do any sport?
  • If you had to choose: plays or musicals?
  • Which languages do you feel comfortable in?
  • A country or place you feel real affection for
  • Which cultural icons from your country do you most / least like. Why?
  • Now work with another student and explain as much as you can about your own cultural world.

  • Culture and the classroom
  • Discuss these questions in groups.
  • What does ‘culture’ mean to you?
  • And what does ‘British culture’ mean to you?
  • Do you think language and culture are linked? If so, how?
  • Do you think teaching English as a foreign language automatically involves teaching ‘British’ culture?
  • Do you think your students expect to learn about British culture while studying English?
  • Do you focus on culture in your classroom? When? In what way?

  • So . . . what IS British culture?
  • How much do you know about the things below?
  • How do you think each might be connected to British culture?
  • God Save the Queen fish and chips
  • curry lager
  • the Costa del Sol in Spain ballet
  • hip-hop football
  • bowler hats Shakespeare
  • Islam punk
  • cricket Harrods
  • car boot sales St. George's Day
  • Easter Jamaica
  • Listen to three people discuss their own feelings about British culture. Which of the things above do they mention – and what they say about them?

  • Culture as product

  • Culture as process

  • Some key points about culture
  • Culture is not static. It’s changing all the time.
  • Culture is all-embracing.
  • Unified national cultures are a myth.
  • As English is the global lingua franca, this is
  • even more complicated.

  • Some key points about Britain
  • There’s more to the British Isles than England
  • England is home to 50 million people.
  • The other three countries have 9 million!
  • Only 7% go to public school!
  • 57% claim to be working class!
  • Britain is built on migration: Romans, Saxons,
  • Vikings, the French and so on!
  • Polish, Punjabi, Urdu and Bengali are most
  • spoken foreign languages.
  • 4% of the population is Muslim
  • 21% have no stated religious affiliation
  • Over 150,000 Brits emigrate each year

  • Classroom implications
  • The days of facts and figures about the UK –
  • the British tourist board approach – are over.
  • Teaching students about British culture needs
  • to cover change, diversity, debates and
  • disputes, etc.
  • Culture in the classroom has to be language-
  • focused and help students talk about culture
  • in general more competently
  • It has to be a two-way process.
  • It has to allow space for the personal.