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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Language 5.2. Prejudice map –google’s presentation


Language 5.2. Prejudice map –google’s presentation                         level 3-4-5       15-20 min


GOAL. To discover the language in use to deal with this topic and the social implications.


LEAD IN
TASK1. Write three possible people who share these treats?
Set A.             * respecting their country’s physical, natural beauty.              
* their love of the environment.
* their sterile technique and clean hospitals.
a: ...............................................................................................................................................
Set B             * having festivals at the drop of a hat and celebrate many times over the year.
* their fine bookbinding skills, for their keen sense of logic and order
* their love of the outdoors and hiking.
a: ...............................................................................................................................................

Set C             * their cutting instruments.
* being very diligent, hard-working people and for being very good managers.
* their industriousness, and tend to take their work very seriously.
a: ...............................................................................................................................................


TASK2. All nine features where indeed belonging to one nationality. Cab you relate all nine statements to one or two particular people? ...........................  or  ...................................

TASK3. Have a look at the map (at the end) and copy the personal traits of the people from these countries:
Australia:  ......................................................................................................................................
Japan:            .........................................................................................................................................
India:              .........................................................................................................................................
China:   .........................................................................................................................................
Canada: .........................................................................................................................................
Norway: .........................................................................................................................................

TASK 4. How successful (10 the most, 1 the least) were the definitions, according to you:
             Australia:  ....   Japan: .......... India:  .....  China: ......    Canada: .....   Norway  .....           

TASK 5. How would you describe your country/people? your neighbours?
our country>  ...............................................................................................................................
neighbours>   ...............................................................................................................................



TASK6. Which of these options could embrace the previous treats?
a)    a cultural trait that unifies a group of people
b)    something like a fact about a person that is often fitted, based  on personal behaviour.
c)    a short description of an individual character
d)     a piece of knowledge acquired by scientific methods

TASK7. Words can have different entries in dictionaries. Which entry of the dictionary could cover the meaning of prejudice given in a-b-c-e above? Underline the best option.
BACKGROUND. Philipp Lenssen, a German resident, recently put together "The Prejudice Map,"  http://blog.outer-court.com/prejudice/   a world map with descriptions of world citizens.

TASK 8. How do you think he might have worked?
..................................................................................................................................................  ....................................................................................................................................................
TASK9. Copy from his fantastic ‘Prejudice Map’ four nationalities whose traits surprised you.
.................................................................   ...........................................................................  .................................................................   ...........................................................................


ROUNDING OFF
TASK10. Pay attention to the productivity in English of two features: collocations (tough negotiators) and word formation (stubborness, thrifty, etc) while describing national traits. Make a list with all the vocabulary you found.


FOLLOW UP.
Read annex 2 and  make different groupings for German traits (culture, personality, habits, etc)


NOTE. Apparently Philip Lenssen, compiled it by simply running a search in Google for each Nationality: “germans are known for *”, extracting from google searches collating the results… Simple and just the sort of efficient method a German would think up!





The Prejudice Map


Annex2.             Lang5.2. Germans are known for using spoons

                                            (and  Italians are known for using forks )
  
 a)             their love of traveling, and millions travel abroad each year.
b)             their resourcefulness  & their sense of order in both their personal lives & their music
c)             for being direct, frank, and truthful about how they feel
d)             for not welcoming superficial, small talk
e)             being very diligent, hard-working people and for being very good managers.
f)              their industriousness, and tend to take their work very seriously.
g)             having festivals at the drop of a hat and celebrate many times over the year.
h)             their concerns about how the rest of the world sees them.
i)              dry Rielsings.
j)              being better invaders and dictators than listeners.
k)             their beer making and drinking.
l)              their love of potatoes, beer, and regimentation and routine.
m)           making realiable cars.
n)             their formality, and for both their stubbornness and frankness.
o)             their punctuality and efficiency.
p)             enjoying good food in large quantities.
q)             their pursuit of excellence.
r)              their engineering expertise.
s)             their love for accordions, lederhosen, and all things Hasselhoff.
t)              respecting their country’s physical, natural beauty.
u)             their very vibrant and, sometimes, horrific history.
v)            their steadfastness and superior workmanship.
w)           their Wanderlust and hardcore porn.
x)            two things, driving tanks over piles of skulls, and bizarre sexual fetishes.
y)            their imposing personalities and their totalitarian regimes.
z)              loading their sausages with anything.

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