List of common topics concerning life and institutions in some English speaking countries




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REALIA OF ENGLISH SPEAKING COUNTRIES

TEACHER´S SHEET


List of common topics concerning life and institutions in some English speaking countries:





  • British Studies:

  • Geography of the United Kingdom

  • History of Great Britain I. (from the beginnings to 1603)

  • History of Great Britain II. (from 1603 till present)

  • System of Government in the UK

  • System of Education in the UK

  • London

  • British Literature I. (from the beginnings to the end of 19th century)

  • British Literature II. (20th and 21st centuries)

  • Holidays in the UK

  • Media in the UK

  • American Studies:

  • Geography of the USA

  • History of the USA I. (from the beginnings to the end of the 19th century)

  • History of the USA II. (20th and 21st centuries)

  • System of Government in the USA

  • System of Education in the USA

  • American Literature I. (from the beginnings to the end of the 19th century)

  • American Literature II. (20th and 21st centuries)

  • Holidays in the USA

  • Media in the USA

  • Canada

  • Australia

  • New Zealand

  • Commonwealth of Nations

  • British and American personalities







Activities:

Two activities summarizing some of the important topics from British, American and other English-Speaking-Countries Studies can be used as both introduction and revision exercises. They test the students´ knowledge before and after the topics are studied deeply.






I. REALIA BOARD GAME

THREE-MINUTE TALKS.

The game is for a pair of students. Each pair needs a board, a coin and two counters.

Instructions for the students:

Play with a partner, move in different directions. Toss a coin, heads = move one field, tails = two fields. Speak about the topics for three minutes. Try to give as many facts as possible. On the way back, only add any other information which has not been mentioned by your partner. The first player to reach the finish is the winner.




II. SENTENCE GAMBLE

Students work in pairs, each pair gets a sheet of paper with sentences. Some of them are correct, some are wrong. At the beginning students have £100 and they use the money to bet on sentences, which they think are correct. The teacher reads one sentence after another, has students to decide and write their bet, then the teacher closes the bets and says if the sentence is correct or not. Students either add their win or subtract. Repeat the situation with another sentence etc. The minimum bet is The winner is who wins most money.

Follow-up activity: Class discussion about the facts in sentences, revision of particular topics.

Instructions for the students:

  • Work in pairs. You have £100. Use this money to bet on the sentences. Minimum is £10.

  • Read the sentence, if you think it is correct, bet some money.

  • Be careful and don’t lose all the money before the end 






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THREE-MINUTE TALKS. Play with a partner, move in different directions. Toss a coin, heads = move one field, tails = two fields. Speak about the topics for three minutes. Try to give as many facts as possible. On the way back, only add any other information which has not been mentioned by your partner. The first player to reach the finish is the winner.














Sentence Gamble. Right or wrong? You have £ 100 and if you think you know the answer, you can bet some money. Work in pairs. You have £100. Use this money to bet on the sentences. Minimum is £10. Read the sentence, if you think it is correct, bet some money.

Be careful and don’t lose all the money before the end 

a sentence

right


wrong

total

1. The population of the UK is less than 55 million inhabitants.

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2. The capital of Northern Ireland is Dublin.

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3. Queen Elisabeth I. was daughter of Henry VIII. Tudor.

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4. During the Battle of Britain in the WW II. the German army invaded the British Isles.

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5. The Parliament of the UK consists of two chambers, House of Commons and House of Representatives.

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6. Private schools in the UK are traditionally called public schools.

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7. The epidemic of plague and Great Fire of London attacked London in the 16th century.

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8. “D.C.” in the name of the capital of the USA - Washington, D.C., stands for Department of Columbia.

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9. Rhode Island is the smallest state of the USA.

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10. Pilgrim Fathers founded the first colony in Virginia in 1607.

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11. Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected President of the USA four times.

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12. The number of Senators in the Senate of the USA is based on the population of each state.

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13. All high schools in the USA are paid by the students.

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14. Canada is the second largest country in the world.

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15. Inuit people are indigenous inhabitants living in the north of Canada.

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16. Maori people are indigenous inhabitants of the Polynesian origin living in Australia.

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17. One of the symbols of Australia is fruit kiwi.

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18. New Zealand consists of two big islands called North Island and South Island.

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19. The Commonwealth of Nations came to existence in 1931.

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20. Thanksgiving Day commemorates foundation of the USA.

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KEY: RIGHT / WRONG

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1. The population of the UK is less than 55 million inhabitants. WRONG

The population of the UK is more than 60 million inhabitants.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------2. The capital of Northern Ireland is Dublin. WRONG

The capital of Northern Ireland is Belfast.

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3. Queen Elisabeth I. was daughter of Henry VIII. Tudor. RIGHT

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4. During the Battle of Britain in the WW II. the German army

invaded the British Isles. WRONG

There were air raids but the German army never invaded UK.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 5. The Parliament of the UK consists of two chambers,

House of Commons and House of Representatives. WRONG

The Parliament of the UK consists of two chambers,

House of Commons and House of Lords.

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6. Private schools in the UK are traditionally called public schools. RIGHT

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7. The epidemic of plague and Great Fire of London attacked London

in the 16th century. WRONG

The epidemic of plague and Great Fire of London attacked London

in the 17th century (1665, 1666).

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8. “D.C.” in the name of the capital of the USA - Washington, D.C.,

stands for Department of Columbia. WRONG

D.C.” in the name of the capital of the USA - Washington, D.C.,

stands for District of Columbia.

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9. Rhode Island is the smallest state of the USA. RIGHT

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10. Pilgrim Fathers founded the first colony in Virginia in 1607. WRONG

Pilgrim Fathers founded their colony in Plymouth (Massachusetts) in 1620.

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11. Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected President of the USA four times. RIGHT

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12. The number of Senators in the Senate of the USA is based

on the population of each state. WRONG

The number of Senators in the Senate of the USA is two from each state.

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13. All high schools in the USA are paid by the students. WRONG

Only private high schools in the USA are paid by the students.

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14. Canada is the second largest country in the world. RIGHT

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------15. Inuit people are indigenous inhabitants living in the north of Canada. RIGHT

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16. Maori people are indigenous inhabitants of the Polynesian origin

living in Australia. WRONG

Maori people are indigenous inhabitants of the Polynesian origin

living in New Zealand.

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17. One of the symbols of Australia is fruit kiwi. WRONG

A bird kiwi is a symbol of New Zealand.

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18. New Zealand consists of two big islands called North Island

and South Island. RIGHT

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19. The Commonwealth of Nations came to existence in 1931. WRONG

The British Commonwealth of Nations came to existence in 1931,

The Commonwealth of Nations came to existence in 1949.

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20. Thanksgiving Day commemorates foundation of the USA. WRONG

Thanksgiving Day commemorates first colonies in North America.

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