Explore Film and Literature
- Work in groups and find out in which way the following novels/films depict immigrant experiences in Britain. Make a table with three columns: 1) The characters' cultural origin, 2) Why they (or their family) chose to emigrate, 3) Their immigrant experience
Focus on the following titles:
- Sumitra's Story (novel)
- Brick Lane (novel and film)
- Bend It Like Beckham (film)
- White Teeth (novel and TV series)
- Small Island (novel and TV series)
- The Other Hand or Little Bee (novel)
- Brixton Beach (novel)
- The Buddha of Suburbia (novel)
- Londonstani (novel)
- East is East (film)
- Sammy and Rosie Get Laid (film)
- 1964 (short story)
- According to the English curriculum you are supposed to: "Interpret at least one major work of fiction, one film and a selection from other English language literature from the 1900s up to the present". The texts and films suggested above would be good choices as they will also provide you with useful information about multicultural Britain. Are there any novels/films that you'd like to study in further detail?
Make a Presentation
- Work in groups and make a brief multimedia presentation (audio clips, images etc.). Find out how immigrants in Britain (starting with the first Irish immigrants and up to recent groups) have influenced: music, festivals, food traditions, fashion, film, literature, business.
- Choose an area that is renowned for its multiculturality and make a multimedia presentation (with audio, video clips, illustrations and so forth) where you present examples of challenges, incidents and the impact the multicultural population have represented over the last three decades. Choose from: In London: Brick Lane, Brixton, Harrow, Camden, Hackney. Outside London: Bradford, Birmingham.
Write an Essay or a Lecture
- Write an essay where you discuss push-pull factors that led to people immigrating to Britain after World War II.
- Look more closely into the British Nationality Acts from 1948 and 1981 and explore the political effects of the Acts. What did they mean to British Society? Write a lecture.
Past Exam Question Related to This Topic
Like most other European nations Britain has a population of mixed ethnic and national origin. Some of the largest ethnic minority groups come from countries very far away from Britain. Write an essay in which you use British history – in particular the history of the British Empire and the history of British immigration – as a basis for explaining the present ethnic makeup of Britain’s population.
What ethnic and cultural changes do you think may be expected in Britain over the next 50 years?
Exam Spring 2009
The Rise and Fall of the British EmpireKjernestoff
The First EmpireKjernestoff
The Second EmpireKjernestoff
The Victorian Age and the British EmpireKjernestoff
The Dismantling of the EmpireKjernestoff
The Legacy of an EmpireKjernestoff
The Falkland Islands DisputeKjernestoff
Post-War Immigration to BritainKjernestoff
Northern Ireland - Trouble and ConflictTilleggsstoffTilleggsstoff
The Fight for Women's RightsTilleggsstoffTilleggsstoff
Child migration in the CommonwealthTilleggsstoffTilleggsstoff
The King's SpeechTilleggsstoffTilleggsstoff
Post-war Immigration ClozeKjernestoff
Post-war Immigration SynonymsTilleggsstoffTilleggsstoff
Interview about Manchester and the Industrial RevolutionTilleggsstoffTilleggsstoff
Project Work: The Industrial RevolutionTilleggsstoffTilleggsstoff
Northern Ireland - TasksTilleggsstoffTilleggsstoff
"Walls of Shame: Belfast" (video)TilleggsstoffTilleggsstoff
Walls of Shame, Part 2TilleggsstoffTilleggsstoff
In the Name of the Father (film)TilleggsstoffTilleggsstoff
The Right to Decide – TasksTilleggsstoffTilleggsstoff
Add Prefix 1TilleggsstoffTilleggsstoff
The Iron LadyTilleggsstoffTilleggsstoff