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English Culture, The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (Revised) -英国文化


The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

The Land & Its People

Introduction to British Culture
1. After watching this short introduction, what impressed you the most? Why? 2. If you were to add a section to the video about another part of British culture, what would you include? Why?

What is “culture”?

Culture: the shared identity of a group of people formed over the course of history
Shared: belonging to people of the same group Identity: a set of characteristics that set one (i.e. person, group, or thing) apart from another Group: a collection of people (or things) that are related to one another History: an extended period of time

The United Kingdom, Great Britain, the British Isles, …? What’s the difference?
? United Kingdom: a country that includes England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland ? Great Britain: England, Scotland, and Wales ? British Isles: the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the many small islands surrounding them

The United Kingdom
? ? ? ? Population: 60 million (approximately) Climate: Temperate (Average: 10-20) Composed of 800+ islands Major natural resources: water, oil, and natural gas

England
? Thames River: the longest river in England ? Stonehenge: What is it? Temple?, Clock?, Calendar?, Something else? ? Big Ben: the Houses of Parliament clock tower ? Buckingham Palace: home to the Royal Family ? Westminster Abbey: British kings and queens are crowned

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Scotland
? Ben Nevis: the highest mountain in the UK (1343 meters) ? Major Export: Whiskey (“Scotch”) ? Birthplace of Golf ? “Border Country”: the historic land dividing England and Scotland

Wales
? Motto: “Cymru am byth” (“Wales forever”) ? Major Exports: Sheepskin (Ugg Boots) ? Famous Tourist Sites: Black Mountains, Snowdon National Park ? Language: Welsh (20%)

Northern Ireland
? Nickname: The “Emerald Isle” (Because of its natural green landscapes) ? The Titanic was built in Belfast ? Major Exports: Linen, Whiskey, Potatoes, and Oats ? Famous Tourist Sites: Giant’s Causeway

All Things Irish…

Discussion Questions
? What do you think is the United Kingdom’s most distinctive geographical or historical feature? ? What are some key geographical differences between the individual countries themselves? ? How does the UK’s geography compare to China’s geography?

And for all you cartography lovers…

Break

British Lifestyle

British National Anthem
“God Save Our Queen”

Some things to think about…
? How does this song make you feel? ? What is it about? ? Why is it “God Save the Queen” and not “God Save the King?” ? Why must God save the Queen and not the people?

A Day in the Life of a 17 year old British Boy

Young People & Their Free Time

Similar or Different?
? How similar or different is your average day from that of a young British person? ? How similar or different are your free time activities from those of young British people? ? What is one activity mentioned in the video that you would like to try? Why?

British Homes

Your thoughts…
? What is your impression of British homes? ? If you could live in one, what style would it be and what would it look like? ? What does your home look like? ? If you could add one thing from a British home to your home, what would it be?

Any Questions?


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