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Culture and Language There’s more to it than red buses and five o’clock tea…. Rob Dean Russia 2010. Agenda:. What is culture? For and against studying culture. Whose culture?

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culture and language there s more to it than red buses and five o clock tea

Culture and Language There’s more to it than red buses and five o’clock tea…

Rob Dean Russia 2010

agenda
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
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)

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Should we Study Culture when Studying Language?

No!

  • It’s irrelevant in the context of ‘International English’.
  • It leads to inaccurate stereotyping – i.e. It’s easy to get it wrong!
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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.
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Whose Culture Shall we Study?

Culture of…

  • The students themselves
  • English speaking countries
  • The wider world
  • The teacher
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What does it mean to be British?

Language Leader Advanced

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Another reason for studying culture with language:

It gives learners a deeper understanding of their own culture.

“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

personalisation
Personalisation

Would you like to try this in your school?

Do you think this experiment would work in Russia?

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… and some more familiar London scenes

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Tower Bridge

Oxford Street

Buckingham Palace

Covent Garden

The London Eye

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True or false:

Covent Garden used to be a fruit and vegetable market.

Discover English 2 Workbook

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What can you find there now? (2 things)

Cafes

Shops

Souvenir market

Discover English 2 Workbook

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True or false:

There are lots street entertainers at Covent Garden

Discover English 2 Workbook

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True or false:

You can find the oldest church in London at Drury Lane, Covent Garden.

theatre

Discover English 2 Workbook

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A Russia Quiz for Rob…

(Easy Questions please!)

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Culture of other Countries

Germany

Iceland

Language Leader Pre Int

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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 16th

The school day ends at 1pm

Almost half the population live in the capital

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Culture of other Countries

Language Leader Pre Int

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Comparing Cultures…

Discover English 2

culture and pronunciation
Culture and Pronunciation

Whose Pronunciation?

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Spot the Accent…

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Discover English 2

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Festivals – Birthday Celebrations

In Which Country do…

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?

England

India

Canada

Turkey

Brazil

Holland

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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 pig’s 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

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London has more foggy days per year than most Estonian cities – true or false?

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  • Which is the most popular hot drink in the UK?
  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Hot chocolate
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Which is the most popular fast food in the UK?

a) Pizza b) Fish and Chips c) Indian Curry

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The most common buses in London are old red double deckers with a conductor. True or false?

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Typical British phone boxes are made from glass and unpainted aluminium (and not red with lots of little windows)

True or false?

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The most popular programmes on British TV include Mr Bean, Benny Hill and Monty Python. True or False?

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The British drink warm beer.

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Most British people have tea at 5 o’clock

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The British have a reputation for being bad at learning foreign languages.

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  • Why do British people talk about the weather a lot?
  • Because British weather is so variable
  • As a safe means of beginning a conversation
  • Because they’re interested in the weather
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So what ARE the icons of Britishness?

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So what does it mean to be British?

Language Leader Advanced

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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 what’s the most British thing of all?

Suspicion of anything foreign.

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So what ARE the icons of Britishness?

Not what many people think!

thank you

Thank you!

www.elt-zone.ru

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Task
  • What’s the strangest thing you’ve eaten?
  • What local food might visitors to Estonia not have eaten before?
  • What foods/drinks do you (strongly) like/dislike?
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50g Mushrooms, Sliced

500g Beef Steak, Cut into Pieces

1 teaspoon Fresh Herbs

Steak and Kidney Pie

200g Pastry

375ml Beef Stock

150g Onions, Chopped

150g Beef Kidneys, Diced