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Multicultural society is a society where people of different races, cultures and traditions live side by side with a mutual respect.Multiculturalism is beneficial to a society, because it consists of people from different ethnic backgrounds, cultures and religions living and working together– we talk about a cultural diversity.
advantages pros
Advantages / pros

When people learn about different ways of life:

  • it helps to break down barriers between ethnic groups which are caused by ignorance. Human beings have a tendency to be suspicious of cultures they do not understand.
  • Living with different cultures brings a better understanding of other cultures, enrich

our livesand helps to encourage


disadvantages cons
  • One of the negatives is that cultural differences can divide a society. This can lead to prejudice and discrimination towards minorities
  • There will always be people who think that their religion and culture is superior and right and that other beliefs and cultures are inferior and wrong (rasists)
  • These people try to blame ethnic minorities for social and economic problems even when it is not true.
  • Because of different opinions there sometimes occur lots of riots, e.g. in London last year
  • Racism is sometimes a problem of multicultural society
multicultural education
Multicultural education
  • Multicultural education aims to prepare

children for living in a multicultural


  • Its major aim is to create equal educational opportunities for students from different racial, ethnic and cultural groups and to help all students to acquire the knowledge, attitudes, and skills needed to function effectively in a pluralistic democratic society and to interactand communicate with peoples from diverse groups.
multiculturalism in slovakia
Multiculturalism in Slovakia
  • In Slovakia people are not used to people of different races and cultures, because until 1989 we were not an open society. However, some students from African countries studied at universities.Nowadays, many foreigners with their customs and very different cultural backgrounds are coming to our country and we are getting used to the idea that it is normal that people are of different skin colour and beliefs.
It could be quite beneficial for us because we learn something about other customs and traditions and we can share our culture with others. We are becoming more tolerant if we experience living in mixed society.Apart from the Slovak majority, the territory is inhabited by over half a million Hungarians in the south of Slovakia, along with smaller groups like the Ruthenians in the east - minorities
gypsies romanies
Gypsies / Romanies
  • One minority without a territory are the Romany. A rapidly rising birth rate among the Romany means an increasingly important issue in Slovak politics and Slovakia is working hard to integrate them into society.At present the country faces the problem of Vietnamese guest workers and helps the refugees from Albania, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Ukraine to continue their immigration process in newly built asylum houses.A new phenomenon has appeared in Slovak traditions. More and more women are getting married to men of different religion and skin colour. There is still a certain amount of prejudice, but most young people are tolerant, without any prejudice.
cosmopolitan countries and cities britain
Cosmopolitan countries and cities BRITAIN
  • Britain is and has always been a mixed race society.
  • During the past centuries many different races have settled in Britain from different reasons, e.f. Africans were brought by force to the country as slaves and servants, later refugees from France, Ireland or Russia tried to escape from persecusion or find a better way of life.Then there live people from the former British colonies. ( India, Pakistan, Bangladesh).Later people from Eastern Europe arrived in Britain because of job opportunities.
  • People moving to Britain brought their own cultures and they still try to keep them alive. An exellent example of this is the Nothing Hill Carnival which celebrates the Caribbean Culture and is a part of the British life, too
The Notting Hill Carnival is an annual event which since 1964 has taken place on the streets of Notting Hill in London, each August, over two days.
new york
  • New York is as cosmopolitan as London but is not as mixed. Nationalities stay in their own areas, like the Russians in the Russian section, the Germans in the German section. Polish people settled down in a cosmopolitan district of Chicago.
  • The area of a city where many Chinese people live and where you can find many Chinese shops and restaurants is called Chinatown. People go there because of its special atmosphere, good restaurants and shops selling cheap Chinese souvenirs and knick knacks.
  • race, colour of someone´s skin, whites, blacks, Afro-American, Native Americanethnic group, ethnic divisions, ethnic unrest, ethnic violenceracial conflict, racial prejudice, racial harmony, racial tension, racism, racist, race riots, fight the police, throw rocks, fire-bombs, smash windows, prejudice, integration, integrated society, segregation, segregated schools/restaurantsmulticultural, multiracial, interracial, cosmopolitan society/district/city, mixed marriage/parentage/ origin(in)/tolerance, understanding, acceptance, co-existance, cooperationassimilation, immigration, controversial, individualityarranged marriage, wedding, couple, church, registry office, marital statusequality, partnership, confidence, faithfulness, responsibility, reliabilityrefugee, immigrant, flee the country, seek asylum
stir up = rozvíriť, vyvolaťclamp down on = zakázať, zakročiť protihatred = nenávisťdiverse = rozmanitý, rôznorodýenhance = zvýšiť hodnotuwoeful = poľutovaniahodnýnasty = nebezpečnýinflux = prílivlabel = označiťaccusation = obvineniegenerosity = veľkorysosťto be ashamed = hanbiť sato be proud of = byť pyšnýwatershed = predelbaffling = zavádzajúciflee/fled/fled = utiecťtouch = dosiahnutiebogus = falošný, predstieranýstifle = utlmiť, potlačovaťdare = odvážiť savanish = zmiznúť, stratiť sarostrum = tribúnainsult = urážaťbefriend = chovať sa k niekomu priateľsky

disapproval = nesúhlasclash = konflikt, zrážkafortune teller = veštecignorance = nevedomosťobject = namietaťprovision = poskytnutierefugee = utečenectension = napätieunremarkable = nepozoruhodnýblame = viniť, obviňovaťdiverse = rôznorodýemphasize = zdôrazniťgrumble = šomrať, nahnevano sa sťažovaťpromote = presadzovať, podporovaťrecess = prestávkarootedness = zakorenenosť, pevnosťsubconscious = podvedomýsuspicious of = byť podozrievavýunderprivileged = neplnoprávny, sociálne ukrivdený, chudobnýwilderness = divočina, divá príroda