Learning from the media and talking to older people, we pick up a lot of stereotypes about other nations. In every country there are plenty of stereotypes about residents but most of them are untrue and very wrongful.
What are the first three things which come into your mind when you hear the words ‘England’ or ‘the English?
Fish and chips, rolling hills and sarcasm?
Review the following images on BRITISHNESS and explain what feelings they are trying to convey:
Some quotes to analise:
‘Beer, honesty, Bulldog-type, Royal Family, Cricket, the Weather’
– Dickie Bird (Famous English cricket umpire)
‘Long shadows on county cricket grounds, warm beer,
invincible green suburbs, dog lovers and
old maids bicycling through the morning mist’
– John Major (Ex Prime Minister )
‘Men wearing bowler hats, pin striped suite,
a newspaper under the arm and
carrying a long unopen umbrella.’
‘Gardening, warm beer, stiff upper lip, double-decker buses, Morris dancing’
In pairs: Choose one of the quotes above and do some research on how these elements have become cultural symbols of BRITISHNESS.
Read the article from The Guardian below:
Choose one British citizen and caricaturize him/her.
WHAT DO IMMIGRANTS THINK OF BRITISHNESS?
Read the article and watch the following video from the BBC:
BRITISHNESS ON NME!