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English Conversation – Multiculturalism

Saturday, September 12, 2015 @ 10:09 PM
posted by Jo

multiculturalismThis is the preparation material for an English conversation lesson about multiculturalism, which is when different cultures or cultural identities exist within a society or country. Multiculturalism occurs when people emigrate from different countries around the world, taking with them their language, religion, food, and cultural traditions to the new country in which they settle.

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  • Why did CleAnn’s country encourage immigrants to come from China?
  • In what ways is multiculturalism reflected in the daily life of Trinidad and Tobago?

Vocabulary

Nouns Adjectives Verbs
Segregation Ethnic Immigrate
Minority Homogenous Emigrate
Diversity Heterogeneous Migrate
Refugee Indigenous Assimilate
Immigrant Adjust
Expat Adapt
Citizenship
Tolerance

Conversation Questions

  • Do you live in a multicultural country?
  • Have you ever visited a multicultural city? If so, what identified the city as being multicultural? What were your impressions?
  • What are the benefits of multiculturalism?
  • Can you think of any negatives of multiculturalism?
  • Do you think it is possible for a multicultural city to retain its national identity?
  • The Prime Minister of Britain recently said that multiculturalism had failed in Britain because different cultures were segregated within the country and not mixing. How could this problem be solved?
  • Why do you think some country’s leaders do not want their nation to become multicultural?
  • Can you think of a city or country where multiculturalism works successfully?
  • Is multiculturalism good for world peace and understanding?
  • Some schools adopt multicultural education where the children are taught about the practices and traditions of different cultures. What are the benefits of such an education?
  • When immigrants arrive in a new country, do you think they should be required to learn the language of that country? Why / Why not?
  • Should countries offer special programs to immigrants to help them adapt in their new country. What do you think such programs should include?
  • Can multiculturalism result in a country losing its identity?
  • Do you think the whole world will eventually become a ‘melting pot’ of different races and cultures?
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