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A-1 (Intercultural knowledge) DO THEY UNDERSTAND ME?

Objective: Appreciate: the diverse verbal richness, the lack of linguistic

ACTIVITY: Write five different set phrases or expressions in your language.

Translate them literally into English. Explain in brackets shortly the meaning
of the expression
Example: Spanish set phrases
Por si las moscas = For if the flies ( just in case)
Estar en el ajo = To be on the garlic (to be involved)
Eso es coser y cantar = It is sew and sing (it is very easy)
Tomar el pelo = Take the hair (make fun of, pull the leg)
Sinvergüenza!! = Without shame!! (insolent!!)

-Would a person living in England understand the same thing as you?
-Has it happened to you something similar with foreign expressions? Tell us
why it happened
-If you would like to use these expressions in London what following
alternative would you use? Tell the advantages and disadvantages of each
A: I would only communicate to my nationality people
B: I would only speak about things if I know the exact English translation to
avoid misunderstandings
C: I would try to explain the meaning of the expression instead of translating
it literally
D: Propose other alternatives

B-1 (Intercultural Sensitivity) BE SELF-ASSURED!!

Objective, aim: Overcome the negative emotions like anxiety in intercultural

ACTIVITY: Imagine a dialogue between to students who has just meet each
other for first time in the school:
Student 1- You come from a foreign speaking country and you have to share
table with a native student . You know you will have some difficulties in
speaking as you know only a little of the country language. When you start
to talk you feel insecure. You do not know what to say.
Student 2- The teacher has given you a place close to a foreign student. You
still do not know him/her. He/She seems very nice but you do not know what
to talk about or how to talk to him.

-Prepare a short theatre play based upon these two students above. The
play now about a second meeting when the students improve their mutual
confidence to communicate with people of different culture.
-Think about what they are going to do to improve
-Write the dialogue and prepare the rehearsal

REFLECTIONS after the theatre session:

- Have you felt identified with any of the characters?
- What emotions and attitudes had the characters at the beginning?
- Do you think these emotions help the characters to start new friendships?
- How do they get to change these feelings and attitudes?
C-1 (Intercultural Skills) CAN YOU SPEAK CLEARLY?
Objective: Start with verbal skills: avoid colloquial expressions and implicit
meanings, repeat important things clarifying concepts.

1) Write sentences in your students slang (very colloquial). Then other
students change the sentences to be understood by any group of people
like: elders, newcomers, immigrants, etc.

- That's a cool car! = That’s a good car

- I have to go to the john = I have to go to the toilet

2) Write an appointment with implicit meanings. Then other students repeat

it but stress on the important data clarifying the implicit words.

- Call before lunch at noon (said by a Spaniard) = Telephone to me at ABOUT

2 pm

-Would you understand a colloquial message from another culture?
-Would you understand correctly an appointment with implicit meanings
from another culture?
-What would you do to make sure everybody understands your message?