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October 31, 2010 8:05 PM Subscribe
What are some interesting culturally specific conversations students around the world might be having with their friends, parents, or teachers?
posted by acidic to Grab Bag (16 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I'm writing an English textbook for some students who are really interested in world cultures. We're going to spend 2 weeks on a country, with 1 week on nonfiction and 1 week on listening to conversations. They have to use that source material to answer questions, speak, and even role-play.
The material can be a little edgy, like talking about a boyfriend, but it's for 13-year-olds, so "my entire family was murdered by _____" isn't really ideal. For example, in the nonfiction section of Germany I've got autobahn, long words, Berlin street art, and the Ring Cycle. In the conversation portion, I have students discussing a proposal to extend their short schoolday. Looking for more interesting material though :)
Any country is ok, and countries I definitely need are: Australia, South Africa, Germany, India, Ancient Egypt/Rome/Greece, Switzerland, the Netherlands. But I'll have around 30 countries represented eventually. Thanks!