Project: Who Are the British?
What does it mean to be British? What is it like to live in Britain? What is currently going on in British society?
The aim of this project is to gain an insight into British society today. We often have a stereotype impression of people from other countries: Norwegians are fantastic skiers, tall and blond, rich, naive, eat "kjøttkaker", dislike the EU, etc. You probably all have an idea of what you perceive as typically British, for example, football, politeness, the royal family, talking about the weather, the Beatles, fish and chips, proud of their history, etc. Do these give a true picture of the British and Britain today?
Before you start working with the project, you might want to listen to this interview with Sue. Sue is from Australia, but has lived in England for almost 20 years. In this interview she explains what she finds typically British. (Time 9:33)
In groups of 3-4, find out as much as you can "to capture the essence of the British today" Save your information, and note all the sources you use. Prepare the manuscript for your presentation. (GoogleDocs is a possible tool for writing in collaboration).
Here are some examples of topics you may want to consider:
- Who are the British? (regions, population, immigrants, ethnic groups, class, cultures, identity, history, stereotypes)
- Social problems and crime (knife crimes, alcohol & drug abuse, teenage pregnancy)
- British food (traditional, minority cultures, Jamie Oliver)
- Football (loyalty, commercialism, hooliganism)
- Current Issues (What's in the News?)
Decide on how you would like to present your work. You can:
- Write and act a dramatic scene
- Play the role of participants in a debate
- Present your findings and views on the subject as a news presentation
You can also make small film clips, radio shows etc, but at least half of your presentation has to be “live.”
The presentation should last about 10-15 minutes per group.
Make sure you know the assessment criteria.
|Structure & presentation|
- English subject curriculum
- express oneself fluently and coherently in a detailed and precise manner suited to the purpose and situation
- evaluate different sources and use contents from sources in an independent, critical and verifiable manner
- discuss and elaborate on culture and social conditions in several English-speaking countries