Live It - Activity Folder - Who's Chinese? & Customs
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Activity 1: Who’sChinese?
1.Students identify in groups what a person from their home country looks like. Elicit ideas to the class.
2.Students identify in groups what a Chinese person looks like. Elicit ideas and a list of features that students think might help identify a Chinese person.
3.Have a look on a world map at the size of China. Compare it to your home
country. Do students think all Chinese people would look the same?
4.Use the map in ‘Live It: Who’s Chinese’ and identify the diﬀerent regions in China. Display pictures of what a Tibetan, Han Chinese and Uygur person look like. What diﬀerences can they see in physical appearance?
5.Introduce the Mission Director’s instructions and students complete the activity in pairs
Students check answers with another partner or pair.
1.Students identify customs they might have when they do the following things: Visit someone who is sick, enter someone’s home, eat food with a group of people, attend a wedding. Share ideas as a class.
2.Introduce the Mission Director’s instructions and students complete the activity.
3.Students compare in a group. Which were similar and/or diﬀerent?
4.Ask them to work with a partner and identify which customs they think they would see in China.
5.In pairs, students make a ‘5 ﬁnger list’ of Chinese customs and customs from their home country.
Students role-play in pairs or groups of 3 scenarios when someone is visiting China and makes errors following local customs. The other Students should role-play how to deal with it appropriately and how to deal with it inappropriately.
Elicit some customs for both China and your home country. Record on the whiteboard in a 2-column table.
1.How many were diﬀerent? How many were similar?
2.What kinds of things were similar? Eg. What people do when they eat food or visit someone.
3.Do they think that if they compared Chinese culture and their own culture with another culture, there would also be both similarities and diﬀerences?
4.How would students feel if someone from China visited and said their customs were ‘weird’? Would they be correct?
Students think about the words ‘weird’ and ‘diﬀerent’. Are they positive or negative words? Are customs from other cultures ‘weird’ or just ‘diﬀerent’?