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Lesson 5: Cultural Identity and Multiculturalism


Monument to Multiculturalism by Francesco Pirelli in Toronto. Source: en.wikipedia.org

The focus areas of this lesson are listening comprehension and vocabulary enhancement.

Start the lesson by watching these videos:

Stuff You Need To Know About British People
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhnzdCjceQM (~11 minutes)

Canadian Accents, Slang, Foods, This or That
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnzMfMV9KLo (~9minutes)

Multiculturalism: a rich blend of cultures combine to make Australia's identity http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=soMbV8gfwYw (~27 minutes) 

Exercise 5.1 Cultural identity and multiculturalism

Based on the videos above, answer the questions below.

Tehtävä arvioidaan arvosanalla 4-10.


1. How important are good manners in modern-day Britain? Give examples. (max 50 words)

2. Canada, eh? How would you describe the Canadian way of talking? (max 50 words)

3. How would you describe multiculturalism in Australia and cultural diversity in Melbourne.? (max 150 words)


Melbourne. Photo: Flickr / Rexness (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Exercise 5.2 Vocabulary - Nouns

Match each word with a description /an example.

Tehtävä arvioidaan S/K.

1. gesture A. something that is changed or modified to suit new conditions or needs
2. tradition B. it’s a crime
3. amalgamation C. atmosphere
4. forgery D. an artistic or literary method or style established by an artist, writer, or movement, and subsequently followed by others
5. adaptation E. thanks but no thanks
6. posture F. a conflict
7. contemporary G. a person belonging to the same time or period as another or others
8. ambience H. strike a pose
9. perception I. the way I see it
10. clash J. a thumbs up
11. interpretation K. the rendering of a dramatic part, music etc.
12. scene L. a sequence of continuous action
13. means M. a method for doing or achieving something
14. trait N. a distinguishing characteristic or quality
15. rejection O. a combination, blend

Otavan Opisto / Tarja Männikkö, Arto Silén ja Heli Viitanen

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