Culture and Language Theres more to it than red buses and five oclock tea… Rob Dean Russia 2010
Agenda: What is culture? For and against studying culture. Whose culture? Integrating culture with language and skills – some practical examples. The dangers of stereotyping
What is culture? The customs, beliefs, art, music, literature and all the other products of human thought made by a particular group of people at a particular time. (Longman Dictionary of English Language and Culture, pg 336)
Should we Study Culture when Studying Language? No! Its irrelevant in the context of International English. It leads to inaccurate stereotyping – i.e. Its easy to get it wrong!
Yes! Language needs to have a context to have meaning. Language and Culture are sometimes inseparable. Teenage Students especially still have a lot to learn about the world beyond their own sphere of knowledge. It helps learners to interact with people from other cultures on holiday or for business.
Whose Culture Shall we Study? Culture of… The students themselves English speaking countries The wider world The teacher
What does it mean to be British? Language Leader Advanced
And what should they know of England, Who only England know? You cannot understand your own culture if that is the only culture you know. Rudyard Kipling Another reason for studying culture with language: It gives learners a deeper understanding of their own culture.
A Russia Quiz for Rob… (Easy Questions please!)
Culture of other Countries Germany Iceland Language Leader Pre Int
Culture of other Countries Germany or Iceland? Has the highest percentage of childless women in Europe It is less common for women to go out to work than in other European counties Celebrates an national holiday on June 16 th The school day ends at 1pm Almost half the population live in the capital
Culture of other Countries Language Leader Pre Int
they never use black and white wrapping paper? the blow out candles and make a wish? They give the first piece of cake to a special friend? they get a big present every five years? friends put butter on your nose? Festivals – Birthday Celebrations In Which Country do… England India Canada Turkey Brazil Holland
Grammar, Vocabulary and Culture = Inseparable Discover English 2
Focus on Vocabulary Which of the following can we translate easily? Milk Cheese Tikka Massala Bananas Chop voi chow mei mee fin Bigos Eggs Black pudding Custard A Chinese dish of eggs, meat and noodles British sausage made with pigs blood A kind of Indian-style curry, originated in the UK A Polish Stew of pork and cabbage Sweet yellow sauce eaten by the British with pudding
1,000, , , ,000 50,000 25,000 10,000 5,000 1, London has more foggy days per year than most Estonian cities – true or false?
1,000, , , ,000 50,000 25,000 10,000 5,000 1, Which is the most popular hot drink in the UK? a)Tea b)Coffee c)Hot chocolate
1,000, , , ,000 50,000 25,000 10,000 5,000 1, Which is the most popular fast food in the UK? a) Pizza b) Fish and Chips c) Indian Curry
1,000, , , ,000 50,000 25,000 10,000 5,000 1, The most common buses in London are old red double deckers with a conductor. True or false?
1,000, , , ,000 50,000 25,000 10,000 5,000 1, Typical British phone boxes are made from glass and unpainted aluminium (and not red with lots of little windows) True or false?
1,000, , , ,000 50,000 25,000 10,000 5,000 1, The most popular programmes on British TV include Mr Bean, Benny Hill and Monty Python. True or False?
1,000, , , ,000 50,000 25,000 10,000 5,000 1, The British drink warm beer. True or False?
1,000, , , ,000 50,000 25,000 10,000 5,000 1, Most British people have tea at 5 oclock True or false?
1,000, , , ,000 50,000 25,000 10,000 5,000 1, The British have a reputation for being bad at learning foreign languages. True or False?
1,000, , , ,000 50,000 25,000 10,000 5,000 1, Why do British people talk about the weather a lot? a) Because British weather is so variable b) As a safe means of beginning a conversation c) Because theyre interested in the weather
1,000, , , ,000 50,000 25,000 10,000 5,000 1, So what ARE the icons of Britishness?
So what does it mean to be British? Language Leader Advanced
So what does it mean to be British (2)? Being British is about driving a German car to an Irish pub for a Belgian beer, then buying an Indian curry, Turkish kebab or Italian pizza on the way home, eating it sitting on Swedish furniture whilst watching American TV shows on a Japanese TV. But whats the most British thing of all? Suspicion of anything foreign.
1,000, , , ,000 50,000 25,000 10,000 5,000 1, So what ARE the icons of Britishness? Not what many people think!