One of the three 'legs' of culture is 'cultural knowledge.', basic information about the culture of the country you are studying. The others are values and behaviour.
Here's a great idea for introducing/practising cultural knowledge.
Prepare a quiz of ten statements about British culture. The students must decide whether each one is true or false.
Make sure some of the statements focus on clear misunderstandings about Britian. Here is an example. Change it for your students as you wish.
1 Britain means England,Ireland, Wales and Scotland. TRUE FALSE
2 Britain is a member of the EU.
3 The currency of Britain is the Euro.
4 Britain's Head of State is Tony Blair.
5 The capital of Wales is Swansea.
6 David Beckham is an English footballer.
7 Britain's population is over 60 million.
8 The British are an informal society.
9 One of the most important values of the British is privacy.
10 112 languages are spoken in London.
Print the quiz and give one to each pair or write the questions on the board.
1 Divide the class into pairs and give out the quiz.
2 Set the task. Each pair has 5 minutes to complete the quiz. They must decide if each statement is true or false.
3 Give the class a couple of minutes to review the statements. Explain any words they do not understand.
4 The class do the quiz in pairs.
5 Elicit the answers and correct each one as you go.
6 Give extra information as needed.
HERE ARE SOME SUGGESTED ANSWERS.
1 F - Northern Ireland not Ireland, 2 T, 3 F, It's sterling, 4 F It's Queen Elizabeth11. The Head of Government is Gordon Brown. 5 F Cardiff, 6 T now playing for Galaxy, US, 7 F about 58 million, 8 T, 9 T, 10 T.
The class can make up their own quizzes in groups and try them out on each other.
TOMORROW IN ACTIVITY 15 MY LIST OF CULTURAL RESOURCES FOR TEACHERS.