May, 21 is World Day for Cultural Diversity.
Let' s see some activities we can do to celebrate this day.
First of all, you can surf the following sites to get more information about this celebration.
A video from Unesco
1) Let's start talking about multicultural Britain
While studying English language, we study British culture, as well.
We know that Britain is a multicultural society. Let's see why.
Have a look at this interesting short immigration timeline by BBC:
Multicultural Britain by Loescher
Multicultural London by Jonsie Reid
After watching the above videos, answer the questions:
- What's the famous market near the London Bridge station? Why is it one of the most popular London markets? What can you find there?
- Where is Brick Lane? What is it locally known as? Why?
- Is there a "Chinatown" in London as in New York?
- At the end of the first video some Londoners are interviewed. What do they say about living in a multicultural city?
- Take a look at the above immigration timeline by BBC. The text ends with these words
"Fifty years after the start of mass immigration to the UK, questions are still being asked about whether or not the UK can become a multi-ethnic society at ease with itself - or whether there is still a long road to be travelled."
What does it mean? Which are the pros and cons of a multicultural society in your opinion?
2) And now let's talk about a great man who fought for the rights of black people
M. L. King's speech "I have a dream"
For the whole speech (with audio, hyperlinks and notes):
Watch the video and read the above speech text, then answer the following questions:
- When and where was this famous speech held?
- Who is the "great American" who signed the Emancipation Proclamation? What do you know about him?
- What is the Declaration of Independence?
- What does M. L. King mean when he says: "Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred."?
- What does M. L. King dream?
M. L. King biography:
Read the above biography and answer the questions:
- What is Rosa Parks famous for?
- After her death King became a leading figure in organizing an event. What did he do?
- What did M. L. King establish in 1957?
- How many people attended the Lincoln Memorial during the famous "I have a dream" speech?
- Which prize was King awarded in 1964?
3) Let's try to define stereotypes
... with some humour!
Answer these questions, first:
- What are stereotypes?
- Do you think you stereotype people?
- Have you ever been victim of prejudice?
- Which are some typical stereotypes about your country?
- Do these stereotypes annoy you or do you laugh at them?
Now click on this post (from The Travelling Teachers) about some typical British and Italian stereotypes ... and have fun!
4) And now some videos and songs
for young learners
A song for young learners to encourage friendship and inclusion
What does it mean to be global?
Intercultural Communication Adventure
An interesting website about multicultural music. A lot of songs (music and lyrics) about diversity and differences: