Language and culture

Introduction

In the video "English: the global language", Martin Peackok describes English as a global language as it is spoken in many different contexts such as education, business, science, technology, etc. He also mentions the different varieties of English as the English spoken in the UK, America, Australia, etc.

English: the global language

English is the mother tongue of many countries, not only England and the US. Linguist David Crystal describes the scenario of the English language today and the importance of learning about different varieties of English.

Which language?

In this webquest, you are going to search for other countries where English is the mother togue. Then, you are going to choose one English-speaking country and search more information about its language and culture in order to present a final project on it.

Task

The online course "Exploring English: Language and Culture" explores British language and culture. What about the other countries where English is spoken as a first language? Which are they? What's their language and culture like?

In this webquest, you are going to:

1) Search for countries where English is spoken as a first language

2) Choose one English-speaking country to investigate and find more about its language and culture.

3) Design a creative presentation of the country you chose (it could be a video, a webpage, an infograph, a game, etc).

4) Present it to the group at the end of the semester.

Process

1) Go to this page and find out how many countries have English as their first/official language.

2) Choose one of these countries and collect information about it.

3) Visit other webpages and search for information on this country's language an culture. You should include information about:

  • its language (accent, different words, common expressions, etc.);
  • its geography (location, landscape, famous cities, landmarks, countryside, environment, weather, etc.);
  • its music (famous bands, kind of music, folk music, dance, etc.);
  • its literature (famous writers, etc.);
  • its sports (popular sports, sports events, etc.);
  • its companies and businesses (famous companies, famous products, exports, etc.);
  • other (any other facts or information that you find interesting).

4) After you collect all the information you need, think of a creative way to present it to your classmates. You can create a video, an infograph, a multimedia presentation, a game, a website, etc. Use your imagination and creativity to prepare something interesting and different!

Evaluation

At the end of the semester you are going to present your final project on the country you have chosen.

 

Your projects and presentation will be assessed based on the following criteria:

- Useful information about the country's language and culture;

- Language accuracy; 

- Use of different resources to complement your presentation (images, extra links, videos, etc);

- Creativity and collaboration.

Conclusion

The aim of this project is to give you a wider vision of English language and culture by exploring different countries where it is spoken, its different varieties and cultures associated with it.

I hope you can learn more about English language and culture and also have some fun preparing your projects!